Print

Resources >> Browse Articles >> Job Search

Resources >> Browse Articles >> Salary Guides

+56

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 Most Nurse Job Openings

State Average Annual Job Openings
1. California
10,900
2. Florida
7,440
3. New York
6,360
4. Ohio
4,630
5. North Carolina
4,093
6. Illinois
4,020
7. New Jersey
3,700
8. Michigan
3,500
9. Georgia
3,340
10. Massachusetts
3,290

+56
  • Photo_user_blank_big

    lexy_bsn

    almost 3 years ago

    4 comments

    & I agree that these wages dont seem very accurate for amounts either ~ I doubt very much that I really make more than the average nurse in California working in a smaller city in Ohio. I wonder if they are including LPN pay~ that would bring down the averages. A new grad LPN at a hospital I used to work for actually had to take a pay cut from what she was making as a secretary...

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    lexy_bsn

    almost 3 years ago

    4 comments

    These average salaries dont show a very accurate picture because there is no accounting for cost of living. Nurses better be paid more in California because it is so expensive to live there!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Nurserunner2

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with the majority--these salaries are inaccurate and need researched for accuracy. I live in Pa.--not on the list and I'm doing better than California! I have FB friends from California that tell me this is grossly inaccurate!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    OprahsMom

    almost 3 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!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    mztee24k

    about 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    I agree the salaries are grossly outdated and need new research.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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    hsamora

    over 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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    NurseT2009

    over 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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    ramblingwoman

    over 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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    ramblingwoman

    over 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.

  • Head_shot_2_max50

    HEHNursingServices

    over 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?

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    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

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    marysanaei

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Why don't hospityals hire LPNs anymore?

NursingLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a nursing or healthcare degree program. Use NursingLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.