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Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

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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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    smaier

    about 6 years ago

    34 comments

    Now ,If we can just find a job for my husband in Hawaii life would be perfect . It's a thought.

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    jessbarnes84

    about 6 years ago

    596 comments

    I agree with kistpehe on this Topic. For those of You who don't know do a search on cost of living vs pay on any City/State You'all want to search salary for.

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    kistpehe

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I have been a nurse in Detroit, MI; South Bend, IN; and currently Chicago, IL. The best pay of the three for the cost of living was South Bend, IN. The worst of the three is Chicago, IL for the cost of living. Rule of thumb for good pay with low cost of living...go to a place where it is not as popular to live such as IN. The more popular a place is the less you will get paid vs. the cost of living.

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    NurseMIke

    about 6 years ago

    24 comments

    I was going to say I'm a LPN and I make that much.

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    NurseMIke

    about 6 years ago

    24 comments

    I was going to say I'm a LPN and I make that much.

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    nurse_dee_2006

    about 6 years ago

    50 comments

    whitefang: You would do well to go anywhere else. You now have 5 continuous year of nursing experience. Apply anywhere else and interview. You will be amazed at the difference in your 'new' salary offers!

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    cyndi

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    maine pays 28.00 for a new nurse just starting out.

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    Georgette_70

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    very helpful

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    skichik

    about 6 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

    about 6 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 6 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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