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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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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

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

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    tjbart

    almost 6 years ago

    16 comments

    I live in northeastern, Pa. Rn hourly start rate is about the same as what scroakman from Rochester, NY has in her commments. I was recently working on the med/surg floor at a local hospital on second shift. They gave a 60cents per hour shift differential for working second shift !!!! What an insult ! They wonder why no one wants to work that shift. You never see your family, there is never enough help, and there isn't any incentive.
    By the way mashall4 LPNs start at around $13/hr in my area. I recently found this out and was very surprised. I feel that LPNs should get a much better rate than that.

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    Mel23

    almost 6 years ago

    12 comments

    And saying about the cost of living, isnt that bad, we pay almost $800 for a 1,500sq footage apartment in a nice area, and luxury aptms are around $900- $1000

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    Mel23

    almost 6 years ago

    12 comments

    Thats nothing, I read a posting from a hospital in NY that for RN with at least 2 yrs of experience the starting pay is $45.00 an hour, same experience for lpn is $25 and CNA same experience $15.00 not bad!!!

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    bobbyswife

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    After reading these comments I can honestly say that I am so happy that I have choosen to go back to school and (keeping my fingers crossed) within 3 years have my degree in the Nursing field but specializing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I am very determined to set the foundation for my 3 children that I have including one who is Severly Deaf and the new addition to our family in the beginning of 2009. I wish everyone luck and happiness!

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    duncankelly_attnet

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    In, Texas, Dallas and Houston are the two top paying cities. However, if you work at a small hospital out in the country GN make typically from $19.50 to $21.50 base pay. So, basically it's where and what you are doing.

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    caligirl1825

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in the heart of California and as a current Certified Medical Assistant (going to school for nursing) I am making $19.39 an hour. On average a LVN here will make $25-$32 an hour and RN's make $42-$90 an hour. It all depends on what hopital you work in and what specialty you work in. Even though California has high salaries you can't forget how expesive the cost of living is here. As of right now your paying an average of 1,200 a month for a 1 bedroom apartment and an average of 650,000 for a 1,500 sq ft house. There pros and cons to living in California.

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    1CUTIE

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I am a LPN in Alabama and I don't have any friends that are working for the ridiculous pay that was quoted. I hope to be starting RN school in September but I'm doing very well. To date, I've already made $32, 000 this year. If I made the amount stated here, I would need public assistance. I get paid weekly and my checks on average are $1000......and that's after taxes.

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    itsmykee

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been working in a So Cal hospital for 1 1/2 years. My start rate was a little over $28 w/ a 4$ diffrential for night shift. Also, there was a $7500 sign-on bonus for a 2 year committment & a $2000 retention bonus every 6 months. My wife is also an RN in a So Cal county hospital who will be @ over $40/hr at the end of this year. She has been there for 4 years.

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    qwp22

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    The nursing pay rates are driven by a state's population, number of area hospitals, and its ability to attract qualified nursing candidates. Naturally, big states with large populations have many hospitals and a large unmet need for RN's. In some areas, nurses are unionized, and this drives up wages. It's not surprising that lowest wages appear to be in the upper southwest of the U.S., the population is much smaller and therefore the need for RN's is less.

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    mommaniese

    almost 6 years ago

    272 comments

    Just graduated from nursing school and this article has great info if you want to relocate. I like the comments some people inform what is actually the true salary in their particular state also.

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    wiseowl

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    N.U.R.S.E. (N.ot U.sed R.egular S.tandard E.quivalents) All these comments make me proud. As an RN nearly 25 years and working in health care 30+ , I am glad to see nurses communicating and not eating their young. The bottom line is- we are the last hope for a failing health care system. The last link of survival for a patient caught up in this machine we call healthcare. We must be vocal about our wages, benefits and compensation. Yet we must also be dedicated to the best interest of our patients. Current trends by Corporate Amerca are to make all nurses the same, pull you anywhere within the facility and not pay for your specialty training and experience, neglecting the safety to the patients in this action. Do not let any facility force you into accepting substandard wages or substandard safe care for your patients. Continue to speak up, the care you deliver today will set the standard for the care delivered to you tomorrow.

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    scroakman

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Addendum: The hourly rates I gave are for new grads. Other nurses are making high 20's up to $37/hr. There are many levels. I also know travel nurses who are making much much more!

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    scroakman

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I am a new grad and am working at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY, I have a Associate in Nursing from Monroe Community College. I am loving being a graduate nurse! It is so exciting, Unity is paying new grads 22.50/hr ASN, 23.50 BSN. The other area hospitals are paying a little less, Rochester General is paying 21.50, and Strong Memorial Hospital/ University of Rochester Medical Center is paying 20.50, for all of you who have kids you may want to consider moving here. Unity is a great place to work, but I am considering going to Strong memorial hospital bcuz they will pay for your kids (full tuition) if you work there for 10 years, and are still employed while your kids are attending. They will also pay for you and your spouse! For those of you who are not familiar with the U of R it is one of the top universities in the country and is leading in research. they are the ones that made the Guardasil vaccine, and are currently working on an HIV vaccine! They have excellent benefits too! Worth looking into! Good luck, come to New York! Rochester is a great place to live, wee're on Ontario Lake so we have beaches, museums, country, city, skiing, everything you want all packed into one city! I love it here!

    Sandi GN

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    jeca28701

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Mississippi, but i can say this it is not all about he pay. It is about the patients that nurses
    help.

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