Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
2,724,570 0.5 % $33.23 $69,110 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.62 $25.85 $31.71 $38.65 $46.46
Annual Wage (2) $44,970 $53,770 $65,950 $80,390 $96,630


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 1,556,930 29.98 $33.56 $69,810
Offices of Physicians 235,710 10.06 $35.04 $72,890
Home Health Care Services 156,730 13.92 $31.31 $65,120
Nursing Care Facilities 138,080 8.27 $29.25 $60,830
Outpatient Care Centers 95,180 15.56 $34.72 $72,220

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 1,556,930 29.98 $33.56 $69,810
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 51,150 23.20 $35.73 $74,310
Outpatient Care Centers 95,180 15.56 $34.72 $72,220
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 34,810 14.84 $31.85 $66,250
Home Health Care Services 156,730 13.92 $31.31 $65,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 470 0.08 $41.32 $85,940
Lessors of Real Estate (8) (8) $39.35 $81,850
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 40 0.01 $38.98 $81,090
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 0.04 $38.80 $80,700
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 60 0.02 $38.60 $80,290


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 250,230 17.82 0.84 $43.68 $90,860
Texas 184,890 17.94 0.84 $32.49 $67,580
New York 176,180 20.91 0.98 $36.23 $75,370
Florida 164,800 23.04 1.08 $30.78 $64,020
Pennsylvania 130,740 23.56 1.11 $32.28 $67,140




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)
South Dakota 11,120 28.32 1.33 $26.78 $55,710
Mississippi 29,640 27.62 1.30 $28.59 $59,480
Massachusetts 87,040 27.57 1.30 $41.74 $86,810
Rhode Island 12,340 27.37 1.29 $34.96 $72,720
West Virginia 18,280 26.11 1.23 $27.32 $56,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 250,230 17.82 0.84 $43.68 $90,860
Massachusetts 87,040 27.57 1.30 $41.74 $86,810
Hawaii 10,210 17.69 0.83 $40.36 $83,950
Alaska 5,460 17.44 0.82 $39.46 $82,080
Nevada 16,470 14.80 0.70 $37.42 $77,840





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 96,210 19.01 0.89 $39.93 $83,060
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 77,530 21.64 1.02 $34.05 $70,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 69,540 18.19 0.86 $41.03 $85,340
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 48,950 29.21 1.38 $45.48 $94,600
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 45,820 25.25 1.19 $35.80 $74,460
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 44,600 17.48 0.82 $35.63 $74,100
St. Louis, MO-IL 36,190 28.51 1.34 $29.02 $60,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 35,380 17.30 0.81 $32.86 $68,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 33,270 19.44 0.92 $36.52 $75,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 32,270 14.48 0.68 $31.13 $64,750