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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
41. Madera, CA
1,220
$71,240
42. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
35,090
$71,140
43. Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division
730
$70,980
44. Anchorage, AK
3,320
$70,870
45. Baltimore-Towson, MD
28,950
$70,670
46. Framingham, MA NECTA Division
2,770
$70,500
47. Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area      
760
$70,090
48. Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area
2,170
$69,730
49. Edison, NJ Metropolitan Division
20,350
$69,710
50. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
26,080
$69,570
51. Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division
1,970
$69,490



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    AmbitiousFutureRN

    about 5 years ago

    52 comments

    Oh and another thing nurses really arent that much in demand any more because of this horrible economy. Engineering jobs are the jobs that are most in demand.

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    AmbitiousFutureRN

    about 5 years ago

    52 comments

    This article is garbage. OF COURSE the places that have high salaries are also some of the most expensive places to live!

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    ElvisLives

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    TheSingingNurse: Unfortunately, now is not the time to consider a traveling gig. Contrary to popular belief, nursing has been hit hard by the current economic situation. Even as recently as 1 year ago, we travelers could go anywhere our hearts desired at the drop of a hat. I've been working 10 different hospitals, doing whatever registry work I can get for the past several months, waiting for a travel job. Now, I'm accepting an assignment in a tiny town in the middle of the desert, which I NEVER would have considered before. My advice: find a full-time position and stay put! Even full-time jobs are harder to come by these days, as nurses are staying put in a secure job and hospitals are tightening budgets. Many places are only hiring new grads, as they are cheaper than experience.

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    eren

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I just got my LVN license and every place is asking for at least one year of experience, I thought we need Nurses.

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    knilgnisrun

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    I forgot to add that in that same segment, a healthcare facility was looking for a part time RN, $22./hr. That hardly compares with the waste water engineer earning $100,000. a year.

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    knilgnisrun

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    One of the news programs has a "Get a Job" segment every night. Tonight some waste water treatment company wants to hire two waste water treatment engineers, annual salary $100,000. What is more demanding? Being a waste water engineer or an RN? The COL here is certainly not what it is in CA.

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    suzannefisher

    about 5 years ago

    40 comments

    I agree wtih jsilvoy, if you don't know the cost of living the article is pointless. I have heard that you shouldn't even consider moving to Hawaii unless you have an income of at least $80,000 year, here is the article states the income is around $75,000; I'm guessing the same is true for California...

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    jsilvoy

    about 5 years ago

    12 comments

    This article is worthless without a cost-of living comparison. Should have compared salaries in at least one metro area per state. So, if you are not interested in CA, WashDC, or Jersey, you'll just have to do the research yourself - which you have to do anyway because there is no basis for comparison without COL data!

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    AshlyRN

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I am an RN in Wisconsin, with 5 months of experience in dementia. It is not exactly what I envisioned doing, but I am good at it, so it is suitable for now. I am seriously considering moving to Florida, the application is in the works, in the Northeastern part of the state. Is anyone able to tell me what the average starting wage is for a staff nurse in hospitals/nursing homes? Anything else I should know? Thank you! ..I am a little disappointed FL did not make the above list!

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    AshlyRN

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Reidfuturern, I worked as an LPN as I finished my RN degree. It helped me financially, as I took a $5 promotion, it helped me know what to expect on the NCLEX-RN boards exam, and it helped me gain practice in a real-life setting. I'd say go for it!

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    hey colleague, i just want to know if when will US lift the visa retrogression?Im from Philippines. I passed already the NCLEX-RN and IELTS. i have spent a hard earned money from my parents just to finish all those exams hoping to land a job there but im becoming hopeless now. at present I am working as staff nurse here in the Philippines for almost 2 years in medical ward. PLEASE HELP ME!

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    dimimak

    over 5 years ago

    28 comments

    yellow. the answer is lawyers. tort lawyers would have a field day. a hospital would open itself to lawsuits any time there was a problem

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    Proann

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    oh yeah . Working as an LPN will help in obtaining ur RN.

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    reidfuturern

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am in the process of a layoff not from nursing, but I hope to be in an RN program this fall in Oregon. After a year of the program I can work as an LPN, would that benefit me at all for obtaining work as an RN? Most of the LPN's here work in social services, or in nursing homes. I would really like to work in ER. Any thoughts?

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    dcorner

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi hjandrews.....I remember when I graduated in the spring of '05 and I was worried about entering into the workforce as a new grad with no experience. Luckily, I was hired for the first position I applied for as a pediatric nurse. In most cases, there are positions created specifically for hiring graduate nurses. If a position requires you to have experience, ask if they offer graduate positions or better yet, if they are willing to consider creating a graduate nurse position.

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