Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

29-1111 Registered Nurses

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Include advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,583,770 0.5 % $31.99 $66,530 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.14 $25.25 $30.65 $37.49 $45.05
Annual Wage (2) $43,970 $52,520 $63,750 $77,970 $93,700


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,492,000 $32.57 $67,740
Offices of Physicians 223,970 $32.35 $67,290
Home Health Care Services 134,420 $30.43 $63,300
Nursing Care Facilities 128,420 $28.52 $59,320
Outpatient Care Centers 81,230 $31.58 $65,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 50 $37.44 $77,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 62,760 $37.42 $77,830
Civic and Social Organizations 50 $37.42 $77,830
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (8) $36.05 $74,990
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 590 $35.88 $74,630


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Dakota 10,530 $25.73 $53,520 26.807
Massachusetts 83,060 $39.32 $81,780 26.210
Mississippi 28,030 $27.70 $57,630 25.558
Rhode Island 11,630 $33.09 $68,830 25.345
Delaware 10,220 $34.02 $70,770 24.767

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 233,030 $40.90 $85,080 16.035
Massachusetts 83,060 $39.32 $81,780 26.210
Hawaii 8,930 $38.47 $80,020 15.185
Maryland 51,620 $36.70 $76,330 20.619
New Jersey 74,730 $36.05 $74,990 19.406


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Rochester, MN 6,960 (8) (8) 67.212
Gainesville, FL 5,160 $29.95 $62,300 42.660
Ann Arbor, MI 7,690 $32.00 $66,570 40.436
Morgantown, WV 2,250 $27.49 $57,180 39.685
Durham, NC 10,910 $29.88 $62,160 39.581

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Visalia-Porterville, CA 2,290 $53.38 $111,030 17.348
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 12,390 $52.92 $110,080 13.936
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 15,130 $47.55 $98,900 15.389
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 17,940 $46.77 $97,280 18.107
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 14,780 $43.16 $89,770 17.341


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010