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Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

NursingLink.com and CareerVoyages.gov

There is a projected need for 1,001,000 nurses needed in the United States by 2016. Nurses are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and worst places to be a Nurse based on salary and job openings.


Top 10 Lowest Nurse Paying States

State Salary (hourly)
1. North Dakota $17.60
2. Louisiana $17.50
3. Wyoming $16.88
4. Oklahoma $16.76
5. Kansas $16.74
6. West Virginia $16.52
7. Arkansas $16.44
8. Mississippi $16.42
9. Iowa $16.36
10. South Dakota    $16.35

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    cyndi

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    maine pays 28.00 for a new nurse just starting out.

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    Georgette_70

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati Ohio and the University of Cincinnati ohio are both very good paying Jobs for RN's I have friends that work at both. The bonuses are awesome! When I get done in my program I am looking into relocating to closer to these.

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    whitefang

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    ive been a lvn for 5 yrs in the same hospital, same unit. my starting salary was 12.50 /hr. now in 5 yrs it is only at 14.05/hr. makes me want to go somewhere else after reading all the comments here.

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    10470

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Wow, this is really helpful. I wonder where New York or Georgia place on this list.

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    irishgyrl

    over 5 years ago

    74 comments

    Hmmm...I'm wondering where Arizona is in all of this. I plan on relocating next summer after graduation. I did get a letter from the Tucson area and they stated that they are paying upwards of $40/hr for RN's?

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    studentinprogress

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    very helpful

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    skichik

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    These wages are obviously not RN wages. Does anyone know where to find accurate RN wages? I graduated in Jan and took a job in Utah for $21 an hour which does not cut it financially for all the schooling and care I provide. I am interested in OR, CA, WA or CO. Thanks

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    cchrist1

    over 5 years ago

    18 comments

    itsmykee - Could you please tell me where to seek employment in this area at that pay?! I am going to be graduating soon and am trying to decide where to go and what to do. I live in Florida now and have never heard of such a high sign on and retention bonus! WOW! Any advice? Hospital? Thanks so much....I have not heard or seen any sign on or retention bonus here in our area, and starting RN's make $21.50 an hour.

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    nursejojo757

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Where is Alabama? The pay here is very low, especially when compared to when I worked in California and things are just as expensive as far as cost of living from what I'm experiencing. these taxes are outrageous!

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    mbracc

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Luby200, I think these are salaries for LPN

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    luby200

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Not sure where the information on top 10 highest paid nurses came from. Very inaccurate! I have only been a nurse since 2004. I have had different rn jobs and never maid less than $30/hr to start. Most positions in CT start anywhere between $30-$50/hr. For example check out "Favorite Nurses" based in Hartford. There are many others as well. However, there is a catch, the cost of living in CT is extremely high.

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    laura59

    over 5 years ago

    408 comments

    Some of the states with the higher salaries have some of the fewest openings. No surprise there. You should have Tennessee on the low salary scale (at least parts of TN).

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    dfwrecruit4u

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    If anyone lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area, I am a recruiter for Quality Care. Quality Care has been staffing the local area hospitals since 1999 and we have numerous prn and contract opportunities for RNs and LVNs. We offer top rates to our nurses. Check us out at www.qualitycarenurses.com or call us at (214) 418-7888

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    EliteRN

    almost 6 years ago

    20 comments

    Hello Fellow RN's......All your comments are Sincere. We as Nurses Must speak up and become one cohesive Unit. We were told even at our youngest age that there is strength in numbers. This is so true. and so valuable to us as Nurses. We must stay together. My Name is Jeremy Balmer. I am a RN and a Partner in a fast growing agency based in Hilton NY called Elite Staffing. You can visit us online at www.elitestaffingnursing.com. We offer high pay for quality nursing services thru Independent Contracts with our local hospitals. Sign up on our mailing list and give us a call toll free at 1-866-304-9840. We look forward to hearing from you. And remember.

    Together We Are Stronger.

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Des Moines ,IA grads starting pay at mercy medical center $22.50

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