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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 Highest Nurse Paying States

State Salary (hourly)
1. California $25.45
2. Hawaii $24.76
3. Massachusetts    $23.38
4. New Jersey $23.33
5. Alaska $23.09
6. Delaware $22.98
7. Oregon $22.91
8. Nevada $22.83
9. Maryland $22.79
10. Connecticut $22.62


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    patpat

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    i need some help with my ged,any suggestions for on line ? patty

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    snowbunnyRN

    about 6 years ago

    254 comments

    My state , Pa. , didn't even make the top 10 list ! After reading the comments from nurses in Tx and California , I realize how low my hourly pay is - $27. ! I have been at this hospital for 15 yrs! Believe it or not this is considered the "higher pay scale " for my area. I live 1 hr north of Pittsburgh!

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    SPECIALTY_RN

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in MI. I only have 6 yrs of RN exp and making $30.29/hr working for a Union Hospital. The economy and cold weather are terrible MI. Local community hospitals are making about $4/00/hr lesser then Union Hospitals in MI. I want to move to Grand Prarie TX so I can be closer to my relatives. What do you think?

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    loricuff

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Where is Wisconsin in the statistics?

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    kalongde

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Tennessee should be added to the lowest paying list, I just moved to East TN from SouthEast VA and make $4.00 less an hour than what I was making before I moved, actually I am making less here in TN than what I started out making as a new grad. My base salary is now $ 18.02 / hr, and cost of living is not any cheaper no matter what they say

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    nursetb38

    about 6 years ago

    60 comments

    OK, I am currently working here in CA and am making roughly $37.00/ hour. full time with benifits. However one must remember that along with the higher pay nowadays you generally also have to worry about staff shortages and increased work load. This is why the higher wages are being paid to encourage nurses to come there to work. Problem being... politics and health care growth are changing policies and overtime is now a mondatory thing as well as increased pt accuity and higher pt/nurse ratios then what are promised at times. As a nurse we are subjected to many dangerous situations in our careers. From overwhelming stress causing fatigue and burn-out to needle sticks with dangerous outcomes, to a simple case of contact isolation gone wrong. Think before you react to an increadible offer you "can"t" refuse..... Perhaps there is a reason you should......

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    squirmals

    about 6 years ago

    42 comments

    In California as a LPN I made over $30/hr. Here in WY the GNs start at $20/hr in acute.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    this is a bogus list. I happen to know in Northern California, new grads start out at over 35/hr

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    I hear that the RN's here in NY are getting paid much higher than this article is showing for the state of California. I hear they are making between $40-50 an hour. I feel the shortages are also their own fault. They make it very difficult to get into nursing school in the first place. I graduate in 2009 and can't wait to take the NCLEX and get my RN license. NY here I come...or NJ, whichever will take me first. LOL

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    Lisa072288

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    PLEASE HELP! I am 19 years old and I am attending a community college taking my gen eds. I want so badly to transfer to a four year school and become a nurse. I would love to be a nurse practitioner, that works in the labor and delivery unit (fingers crossed). I am just having a hard time finding answers. Everyone I talk to basically puts me down saying "nursing programs are very selective, and with you being a transfer student it is going to be very hard to get accepted". I just don't understand how I am going to complete my goal. If anyone has answers, please let me know!

    Thanks you

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    clnc_fnp

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I am a nurse pracitioner and make 90,000.00 per year and most of the other NP's here do also, I do not think this article is correct. I also feel that if schools would provide evening and weekend classes, so working women who want to become nurses could attend, we would impace the shortage in nursing. There also needs to be flexibility for the students to do clinicals in local facilities especially in the current economic crisis we are in. There are a great deal of things that could be done, which over the past 35 years of my experience in nursing has never been addressed. Grass root efforts should take place in every state to improve the ability for anyone who wants to be nurse to become one.

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    lippy

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree. Health care in the US would not be like it is if a nurse was president

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    wildnursexxx

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    Nurses from everywhere need to band together instead of tearing each other apart and rally for higher wages and benefit plans. I feel we as nurses could mandate and control health care in the United States. Let's have a nurse run for President!!!!

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    wildnursexxx

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I work in Michigan and found these results unbelievable. Was this for hospitals only and how much experience are they talking about? I make over $96,000 annually in the home care industry as a Director. This article says it all-we're underpaid.

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    theala

    about 6 years ago

    418 comments

    I lived in North Dakota for two years. One job, I got $12/hour, less than I'd made as an LPN in Maryland. The employers treat staff like crap: mandatory overtime, heavy loads, sending people home for low census AFTER they show up to work. I was so glad to leave. In California I made on average $7/hour more than the chart lists.

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