Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-1111 Registered Nurses*

* This occupation has the same title, but not necessarily the same content, as the 2010 SOC occupation

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
Geographic 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)
2,655,020 0.5 % $32.56 $67,720 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.24 $25.47 $31.10 $37.99 $45.74
Annual Wage (2) $44,190 $52,980 $64,690 $79,020 $95,130


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,521,400 29.49 $32.99 $68,610
Offices of Physicians 232,000 10.04 $33.91 $70,530
Home Health Care Services 146,380 13.66 $30.70 $63,850
Nursing Care Facilities 134,460 8.12 $28.84 $59,990
Outpatient Care Centers 89,090 15.04 $32.47 $67,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,521,400 29.49 $32.99 $68,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50,070 23.35 $35.23 $73,280
Outpatient Care Centers 89,090 15.04 $32.47 $67,550
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 33,500 13.86 $31.54 $65,600
Home Health Care Services 146,380 13.66 $30.70 $63,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 410 0.07 $41.57 $86,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 65,610 3.22 $38.23 $79,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 130 0.05 $36.03 $74,940
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 50 0.02 $36.03 $74,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 31,540 1.11 $35.66 $74,180


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 240,030 17.14 0.82 $42.06 $87,480
Texas 176,330 17.48 0.84 $31.82 $66,180
New York 169,710 20.34 0.97 $35.58 $74,000
Florida 158,390 22.30 1.07 $30.29 $63,010
Pennsylvania 130,930 23.88 1.14 $31.29 $65,070




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 12,430 27.73 1.33 $33.96 $70,640
South Dakota 10,690 27.58 1.32 $26.31 $54,730
Massachusetts 85,120 27.29 1.31 $40.86 $84,990
Mississippi 28,200 26.33 1.26 $27.86 $57,940
Kentucky 44,920 26.18 1.25 $27.95 $58,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 240,030 17.14 0.82 $42.06 $87,480
Massachusetts 85,120 27.29 1.31 $40.86 $84,990
Hawaii 9,390 16.43 0.79 $39.48 $82,130
Alaska 5,150 16.71 0.80 $38.15 $79,350
Maryland 50,480 20.50 0.98 $36.76 $76,450

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 96,270 19.32 0.93 $39.42 $82,000
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 76,600 21.62 1.04 $34.14 $71,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 64,630 16.93 0.81 $39.71 $82,590
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 48,240 29.09 1.39 $44.52 $92,600
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 44,720 24.78 1.19 $34.66 $72,100
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 42,220 16.90 0.81 $34.47 $71,700
St. Louis, MO-IL 35,270 28.06 1.34 $28.99 $60,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 34,060 20.30 0.97 $36.45 $75,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 33,790 15.36 0.74 $30.81 $64,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 33,060 16.52 0.79 $32.66 $67,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, MN 6,660 67.04 3.21 $38.20 $79,460
Gainesville, FL 5,240 44.16 2.11 $29.62 $61,600
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 4,600 42.64 2.04 $28.06 $58,350
Morgantown, WV 2,450 42.51 2.04 $28.35 $58,960
Durham, NC 11,070 41.45 1.98 $30.31 $63,030
Winston-Salem, NC 8,120 40.80 1.95 $28.95 $60,220
Florence, SC 3,130 40.71 1.95 $26.94 $56,030
Lima, OH 1,990 40.20 1.92 $28.73 $59,770
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 1,770 37.71 1.81 $27.23 $56,630
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 3,040 37.70 1.81 $31.70 $65,930