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 rapidly.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates there are nearly 3 million registered nurses across the country, pulling down an average annual wage of $77,460 per year. But the pay varies greatly depending on where the nurse practices — and so does the cost of living in those places.
Following are the average annual wages of registered nurses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the latest BLS data, with the states ranked by their average pay, from lowest to highest.