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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 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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    OprahsMom

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    If Ohio has over4000 new jobs per year, it would be nice to know where they are! Even in the cities nurses are not replaced as they leave. This isn't fair to th remaining nurses and definitely not fair to the Pt. who is paying for care that he isn't always able to get!

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    mztee24k

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree the salaries are grossly outdated and need new research. I worked in northern Cali and made much more than that in 2008-2009 as an RN with 22 years experience. I also seen job offers for the lowest paid RN field, public health systems, with ranges of 60-80,000/yr to start based on location and experience in Cali.

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    hsamora

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I guess they are using the state average to calculate these. You might make more if you live in the city than you would living in the middle of nowhere. In Denver, it also depends what type of company you work for. Agencies and hospitals pay new LPN's $28.00, where a nursing home or rehabilitation pays well under $20.00.

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    NurseT2009

    about 3 years ago

    10 comments

    These are very low wages and are inaccurate. Please do research first. I know that in California it's around 30 for new grads. I work in Phoenix which is one the lower paying cities and started higher than what you got listed for California almost three years ago.

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    ramblingwoman

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    Socal is also a lower paying area because of its popularity. I just started to make $40.00 and i have been a nurse for 13 years. A new grad at my hospital said he makes $36.

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    ramblingwoman

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I started as a traveler in California. Northern Cal is cheaper. I'm in SoCal and it is expensive for housing, etc. I think San Fran is very expensive and the increase in salary is not worth it. Not overworked? That was the misconception that brought me out here. I work harder with my 4 patients than I did in New York with my 8 to ten patients. I guess patients are more sick and demanding. I thought going to nights would be easier. Maybe but not easy. In my little hospital, I get an admission every night.

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    HEHNursingServices

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I started in nursing 13 years ago in Oklahoma at $20.00 an hour. How are you all calculating these salaries?

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    betlhany12

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I my husband and my sons (8 and 10 home schooled) moved from to Missouri and the job market here is much harder. I am an RN in home health care. I hear California has alot more jobs. We are are poor and would be seeking the lowest cost housing. Do you have any reccomendations on cheap housing? Our credit is not good. Missouri does not seem to treat nurses as good in Missouri as they did in Arizona. I hear Californa has laws regulating nursing so that nurses are not overworked. Is Californa a place that is kind to nurses? I am also considering moving and working back in AZ, Alaska and other places.

    love and peace

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    momof8

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Best and worst jobs are not solely dependent on salary. Cost of living has to be factored in as well as working conditions. Interesting the number of job openings, however percentage of positions filled would more accurately represent the picture. For example the overall number of nursing jobs in California would be greater than the overall number of nursing jobs in Wyoming, for obvious reasons.

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    haffin

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Check out College Network. At home course and will let you make reasonable payments. Take as long as you want to finish, too. One of the doctors here had his wife go through them. He checked them all out and chose this one over all the others.

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    marysanaei

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Does anyone know about LPN to RN online programs in Georgia? Are they accredited? Please give me advice.

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    marysanaei

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Why don't hospityals hire LPNs anymore?

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    jenn91c

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    i think this is old info too, hawaii pays new grads $35 and after the year mark $45 +, texas is definitely by far the best at $45+ when you count in low cost of living and tons of jobs available. we are military and in missouri now, good luck getting a job here, and they only pay $21 for RN's. its pathetic. can't wait to get back home to san antonio.

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    darcicat

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    This is old information I think. I work in CA and as a new grad in med/surg in 2010 I started well above 40$ an hour.

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    nanster

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Yes Cost of living, taxec, etc. are important consideration...some of the lower paying states may also have much cheaper cost of living and a simpler lifestyle. California where I currently live is very expensive ...and of course it is lovely-- so its a trade. I work as a hospice nurse case manager and make 33 an hour after 5 years in this position...uggh, disheartening. I love my work and yet cant survive or retire on this in this life, so changes are up. We live in a small town area and medicare reimburses us differently than it does for those in larger metropolitan areas. Hospital nurses make much more than this with some experience. Use these stats as a spring board for further exploration and hope you land somewhere you love to live, with the best pay! Me too.

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