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51 Top Paying Metros for Nurses

51 Top Paying Metros for Nurses

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Nurses are the most in-demand profession in America. Because of this, you should be able to decide where you want to work. NursingLink has done the research and profiled America’s 51 highest paying metros to help you figure out which city you should work in.







Area name Employment     Annual Median Wage
31. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division      
22,010
$72,460
32. Bakersfield, CA
2,680
$72,320
33. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
28,320
$71,750
34. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA
1,680
$71,700
35. Redding, CA
780
$71,670
36. Fairbanks, AK
N/A
$71,630
37. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
20,750
$71,620
38. North Valley Region of California
300
$71,600
39. Bend, OR
1,160
$71,440
40. Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division
2,010
$71,350



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    hjandrews

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I read this article and yet as a new grad it seems like no one wants to hire a new grad!! Everyone said oh go into nursing there is such a shortage, but yet everyone wants you to have at least a year of experience well, who is willing to give me that year I would like to know here in Massachusetts?

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    Yellow

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    If America are soooooo short of nurses and are crying out for staff,Please somebody answer me this question: then Why the hell do they make it so difficult for International Nurses to get Registered and get a job in the U.S???

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    TheSingingNurse

    almost 6 years ago

    32 comments

    In my opinion, it depends on what your goal is - is it sightseeing, pay, good weather, adventure? I will be graduating RN school in May 2009 and hope to begin travel nursing the following year. My plan is the south in the winter and north in the summer. I have always wanted to see the east coast and would leave Texas in a heartbeat! But if you're looking for the best pay, looks like California is your best bet!

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    baharri

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am thinking about traveling, starting in June 2009. Where would be a good place for me to start? I have done some local travel here in South Carolina, but I want to venture out for a while, maybe Clifornia, Washington State or Nevada. What do you all think?

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    nurse33

    almost 6 years ago

    188 comments

    California for me is home! As an LPN it's not that great salary wise. As a RN it is worth living there. I now live in CO,where salaries are good both ways,the cost of living is a tad less than Cali,oooohh but the cold!!! I'm working on my RN,and when I'm done it's back to the land of fruits & nuts!! I don't think the cost of living is any higher then MD,VA,NY or DC!

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    TIGGER2

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    sadly Florida loses out again,... a lot of great nurses here,,,,,why ?

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    korba

    almost 6 years ago

    62 comments

    Yes, MelMel, cost of living should be determined. But how is one to do so? What should one include to make a more accurate description of the value of nursing work in a given area?

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    healthcare_

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I am a healthcare recruiter and my territory is California -- but about 75% of my clients are in Northern California. The salaries for nurses, managers, and directors are definitely the strongest in the nation but if you are considering relocating, you must keep in mind the cost of living difference can be brutal. I talk to people all the time who think they might be hitting the jackpot by taking a job in the area. You need to run some cost relocator calculators in order to get a realistic idea of what you will be looking at (http://uhcsolutions.com/candidate/tools.htm). For instance, a nurse director with a 3 bedroom house making $100,000 in Cleveland would need to make $169,000 in San Jose to maintain the same lifestyle. In this same scenario she would need to make $219,000 to live in San Francisco or $141,000 in San Diego.

    In reality, a direct salary comparative of metropolitan areas without cost of living factored is ridiculous -- at best it's an unsound, illogical comparative.

    California still has a tremendous amount to offer. It is a beautiful state with amazing variation and a strong and growing need for great nurses. Just make sure have realistic expectations before you dive in.

    At the end of the day, nursing will weather our economic storm/disaster/hurricane possibly better than any other market sector. Historically, healthcare and nursing continued to grow through previous extremely rough recessions. Will some hospitals close and others have layoffs? Of course – but is that any different than what we’ve been seeing already. Weak and broken hospitals will fall. If you are considering making a change, you need to look more closely than ever at the organizations financials. Be smart and be your own best advocate.

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    brizendine5

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    "Yes, CA does have a high cost of living in select areas such as San Francisco and San Diego, but I see Stockton CA is number 10 on the list and Stockton/Modesto area has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. I would imagine one could buy a great house and live comfortably here."

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    p.s. Do not fool yourselves, nurses are not exempt from lay offs. It is happening all over the country. The medical field is no more recession proof than any other field.

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    The pay will never make up for the cost of living in CA. Also, I would like to know where did the figures come from? You have to be cautious with salary data. Did this come from HR folks or a survey of nurses? Also, how much of the dollar amounts here include overtime?

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    ablack

    almost 6 years ago

    46 comments

    I don't get it. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and when I volunteer at the hospital I hear the nurses complaining about how expensive SAFEWAY is. SAFEWAY is not expensive by any means. How can groceries be expensive if they are pulling in $91,370?

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    Kimmie_T

    almost 6 years ago

    66 comments

    I work in the Bay, and yes, "we pay well"!! The cost of living is pretty high. I manage. SusanpowerRN, is right the City has all the amenities. She is wrong about one thing, the majority of the Bay own cars. I've lived here all my life (so I have the inside track) Public transpo is better than other areas, but can be doubtful. I work at UCSF and the benefits are great. We also have many clinics and other hospitals, come to the Bay, Folks! In the long run it averages out to most of the rest of the country.

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    susanpowersrn

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I live in California. Yes, it would appear that the cost of living is high, BUT it is not 4 degrees here. In area 3, the rent is high, but San Francisco and the entire Bay area has such great public tranportation that most people do not have a car. So, if you take the average rent in San Francisco and subtract heating bills, car payment, car insurance, gasoline, car repairs and consider that grocery stores will deliver your groceries, fluff and fold laudromats will not only wash and fold all your clothes but they will pick them up and deliver them, and Taco Bell delivers and you can earn over 90 grand... Open up that Golden Gate !! San Francisco here I come.
    I do find it interesting that Fresno is 27 on the list, but if I drive 50 miles north to Modesto. I can earn 10 grand more. Hm?

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    MelMel497

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Maybe they shouldn't have taken data from California - yeah, they are gonna have the highest paying jobs. Cost of living is ridiculously high out there. I think with California in here, it really gives the wrong idea. It all balances out really to cost of living. I think they should have taken that into account too.

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