Registered nurses
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Overview
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for registered nurses are expected to grow by 15%, and should have about 203,800 job openings a year.
Workforce size
Registered nurses, with 2,955,200 workers, form a larger workforce than 99% of careers.
Education
About 61% of registered nurses have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by registered nurses
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More registered nurses have bachelor's degrees than 75% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for registered nurses is higher than 79% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most registered nurses.
This job's median $72KAll jobs' median $39K$71K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 88% of registered nurses -- that's a larger percentage than 96% of other jobs.
Gender of registered nurses
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For registered nurses, the median men's salary was 8% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 24% of registered nurses are minority, and 16% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of registered nurses
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (16%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Registered Nurses per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 63% of registered nurses, and 75% have company-sponsored health insurance (19% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for registered nurses
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 61% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of registered nurses who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (93%)
  • Consequence of Error (76%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (74%)
  • Time Pressure (70%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (62%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (59%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (45%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do registered nurses earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for registered nurses, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for registered nurses compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for registered nurses (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all registered nurses, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for registered nurses compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for registered nurses (ACS Salary Data)
$63K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where registered nurses work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Registered nurses (ACS)
Private for-profit (57.6%)
Private not-for-profit (29.1%)
Local government (4.8%)
State government (4.6%)
Federal government (3.3%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.3%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.4%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of registered nurses by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$63K$62K$63K$66K$62K$77K$51K$72K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of registered nurses by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$72K$86K$67K$72K$74K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for registered nurses

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

$73K$72K$58K$66K$53K$62K$74K$69K$41K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSalary distribution20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Registered nurses and gender

With 88% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 96% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
88%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Registered nurses
Men (12%)
Women (88%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for registered nurses, with the median salary for men 8% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$63K$68K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Registered nurses have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 78% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of registered nurses

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority registered nurses than for 68% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of registered nurses
White (74% )
Black (12% )
Asian (10% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
24%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
16%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for registered nurses by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$58K$59K$61K$62K$62K$64K$70K$79K$0$50K$100K$150KOtherAmerican IndianHispanicBlackWhiteMultiracialPacific IslanderAsian
Distribution: Salaries for registered nurses by nativity
$62K$74K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by registered nurses

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurses typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as registered nurses as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for registered nurses.

Education attained by registered nurses
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for registered nurses

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. Diploma programs are typically offered by hospitals or medical centers, and there are far fewer diploma programs than there are BSN and ADN programs. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Registered nurses with an ADN or diploma may go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for registered nurses

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing, such as passing a criminal background check, vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing provides specific requirements. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

In addition, registered nursing positions may require certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic life support (BLS) certification, and/or advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). 

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for registered nurses? Below we see the distribution of registered nurses salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as registered nurses, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$59K$51K$57K$60K$65K$80K$68K$82K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (0%)High School (1%)Some College (5%)Associate's Degree (33%)Bachelor's Degree (50%)Master's Degree (9%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (0%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by registered nurses

This table shows the college majors held by people working as registered nurses. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Registered nurses with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
75.0%
$0$200K$70K
2.3%
$0$200K$53K
2.1%
$0$200K$63K
1.1%
$0$200K$63K
0.8%
$0$200K$51K
0.5%
$0$200K$54K
0.5%
$0$200K$67K
0.5%
$0$200K$56K
0.5%
$0$200K$50K
0.4%
$0$200K$55K
0.4%
$0$200K$60K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as registered nurses, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by registered nurses given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Registered nursesNurse PractitionersMedical and health services managersPostsecondary teachersPhysicians and surgeonsNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesNurse anesthetistsManagers (specialized areas)Elementary and middle school teachersSocial workersCounselorsPsychologistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersEducation administratorsDentistsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersRetail salespersonsSecondary school teachersSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Physical therapistsRecreation and fitness workersAthletes, coaches, umpires, and related workersPhysician assistantsOccupational therapistsDiagnostic related technologists and techniciansEditorsWriters and authorsNursingPsychologyBiologyBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessMultidisciplinary or GeneralScienceGeneral EducationPhysical Fitness, Parks,Recreation, and LeisureGeneral Medical and HealthServicesEnglish Language andLiteratureAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for registered nurses

What jobs will most registered nurses hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of registered nurses reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list? For registered nurses, there isn't a lot of action in this chart! This isn't a career that invites much moving around.

Registered nursesLicensed practical and licensed vocational nursesMedical and health services managersNursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for registered nurses

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 3 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as registered nurses as well as 1% of respondents after working as registered nurses. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for registered nurses: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as registered nurses? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of registered nurses surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for registered nurses
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
380,800
$0$200K$25K
2.5%
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
70.5%
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
62,800
$0$200K$38K
3.8%
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
1.7%
No occupation
5.9%
Read about registered nurses
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Assess patients’ conditions
  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute information to existing plans
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Public health nurses promote public health by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). They provide direct patient care in one of many nursing specialties, such as psychiatric-mental health or pediatrics. CNSs also provide indirect care, by working with other nurses and various other staff to improve the quality of care that patients receive. They often serve in leadership roles and may educate and advise other nursing staff. CNSs also may conduct research and may advocate for certain policies.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of registered nurses? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Critical-thinking skills
Registered nurses must assess changes in the health status of patients, such as determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.
Communication skills
Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to clearly explain instructions, such as how to take medication. They must work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.
Compassion
Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when looking after patients.
Detail oriented
Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.
Emotional stability
Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
Organizational skills
Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.
Physical stamina
Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for registered nurses
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for registered nurses was higher than 79% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for registered nurses are anticipated to grow by 15% over the next decade; only 11% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for registered nurses is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

2010201520202025203001,000,0002,000,0003,000,0004,000,000
Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most registered nurses? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as registered nurses. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Registered Nurses per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where registered nurses earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for registered nurses compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for registered nurses.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Registered Nurses to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which registered nurses earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Registered nurses (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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