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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 States with the Least Nurse Job Openings

State Average Annual Job Openings
1. Rhode Island
570
2. New Mexico
520
3. South Dakota
500
4. Montana
420
5. Delaware
410
6. Hawaii
390
7. North Dakota
280
8. Vermont
270
9. Alaska
260
10. Wyoming
210



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    mbracc

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Luby200, I think these are salaries for LPN

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    luby200

    about 6 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 6 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 6 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

    over 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.

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    Account Removed

    over 6 years ago

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

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    tjbart

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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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