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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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    wildnursexxx

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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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    prisonprincess

    over 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I'm an RN in mn, work in a prison, and make $35.04/hr

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    Butterfly8

    over 6 years ago

    18 comments

    I made 23-25 dollars as an LPN. As a RN, I now make 30 dollars as a base rate. Most hospitals in Philadelphia start graduate nurses at 25 -25.50/hr. Thoses rates are extremely low. And what about Texas. I heard Texas paid their nurses the best.

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    Account Removed

    over 6 years ago

    At a local hopsital where i used to work, we had a lot of overseas nurses being recruited for big bucks, more pay that the regular nurse, needing presepturing with our nurses not getting extra pay for this and their incentive to come here included their spouses coming along and thus after a short period of time and great pay compared to their countries, we have new citizens and our nurses are out of a position and pay. Why not up our anti- pay us more, offer us the Fresh Time, which is O/T after your 3 12's for the extra money. Crazy No? Why are we treated so bad for putting ourselves on the line daily and more so now a days to disease and such, do we get hazardous duty pay as the military does? I don't think so.... and why not?

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    nbb

    over 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm Shocked, I have been hearing for the last 3 years that the average Nurse in the state of California starts off making around $70,000 a year.

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    nbb

    over 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm shocked, I have been hearing for the last 3 years that the average Nurse in California starts off making $70,000 a year.

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    jesusfreak

    over 6 years ago

    18 comments

    I live in Michigan and make $24-25/Hr. Some Hospitals here have nice incentives for night shift! Alot of Hosptials period though are being staffed by agency because in this profession, lets face it, we need higher pay! Right now Agency is the way to go! 38-42/per hour

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    veemoney117

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I don't understand.. If the shortage is so severe and nurses are leaving the field for better pay.. Why not raise the salary? How do administration expect for a ANY nurse in this time of inflation and resession to stay within the nursing field if the pay stays the same and how we are treated in the field? Short staffed, under appreciated and low pay.. Come on!!! Wake up!!

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    ayg1968

    over 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I am in Mississippi (as an RN floor nurse) and am making 22.50 after only 3 years as an RN. These salaries seem awfully low for areas where the cost of living is so much higher than here in Mississippi. I think I will stay in Mississippi where property and goods are much cheaper.

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    mwaldron14905

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    NYS has one of the greatest nursing shortages of the country. We are down 8.7% and its only getting worse. The only way to make decent money as a nurse is in the government were they start around 35-40k per year, I thought about going into the field and changed my mind based on the pay scales for our community (Elmira NY). Instead,
    I just graduated college with a B.S. degreei in Human Services due to the fact that we have a shortage of CASAC's (Cred, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors), which is what I am working towards now.

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    hjoeljohnson

    over 6 years ago

    84 comments

    These numbers, (The pay scale listed above as well as the projected need for 1,001,000 nurses needed by 2016), clearly speak to the necessity for a united voice to articulate the need for ease of access to low cost quality education as well as raising the rate of pay in every state for the expertise we provide in delivering high quality healthcare and the risks we take in doing so.

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    frankiecash

    over 6 years ago

    82 comments

    These are starting wages for new nurses in at least Wichita Kansas. I was only making 12 something an our in 1990 when I started.

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    NurseMIke

    over 6 years ago

    24 comments

    I make that as a LPN.

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