Nurses serve on the front lines of health care. Their work is tough, but fortunately it’s well-compensated. And if you are considering a career as a nurse, the good news is that the industry is growing and the pay tends to be good.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are more than 2.9 million registered nurses across the country, pulling down an average annual wage of $77,460. Additionally, there are some 200,000 nurse practitioners, earning an average of $111,840, and some 697,000 licensed practical and vocational nurses, earning an average of $48,500.
But the pay varies greatly depending on where the nurse practices.
Following are the average annual wages for multiple types of nurses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, which is for 2019. The states are ranked based on pay for RNs.