Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

29-1141 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. Includes Clinical Nurse Specialists. Excludes "Nurse Anesthetists" (29-1151), "Nurse Midwives" (29-1161), and "Nurse Practitioners" (29-1171).


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)
2,745,910 0.5 % $34.14 $71,000 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.29 $26.59 $32.45 $39.66 $48.86
Annual Wage (2) $46,360 $55,320 $67,490 $82,490 $101,630


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 1,587,040 30.08 $35.09 $72,980
Offices of Physicians 194,370 7.75 $31.42 $65,350
Home Health Care Services 173,590 13.36 $32.94 $68,510
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 154,060 9.32 $30.53 $63,490
Outpatient Care Centers 110,580 15.00 $35.39 $73,620

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 1,587,040 30.08 $35.09 $72,980
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 59,750 23.99 $36.69 $76,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 36,480 15.81 $32.49 $67,580
Outpatient Care Centers 110,580 15.00 $35.39 $73,620
Home Health Care Services 173,590 13.36 $32.94 $68,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 520 0.06 $44.64 $92,840
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $41.60 $86,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 75,250 3.79 $39.72 $82,620
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.03 $39.57 $82,300
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 40 0.55 $38.51 $80,090


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 255,010 16.46 0.83 $48.68 $101,260
Texas 198,650 17.17 0.86 $33.60 $69,890
New York 171,880 19.13 0.96 $37.96 $78,950
Florida 168,870 21.31 1.07 $30.75 $63,960
Pennsylvania 136,090 23.84 1.20 $32.47 $67,550



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 11,950 28.92 1.45 $26.49 $55,100
West Virginia 20,020 28.32 1.42 $27.89 $58,010
Rhode Island 11,950 25.35 1.27 $36.74 $76,410
Mississippi 27,810 25.13 1.26 $27.39 $56,980
Massachusetts 83,780 24.66 1.24 $42.62 $88,650



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 255,010 16.46 0.83 $48.68 $101,260
Hawaii 10,990 17.73 0.89 $43.33 $90,130
Massachusetts 83,780 24.66 1.24 $42.62 $88,650
Alaska 5,910 18.05 0.91 $42.55 $88,510
Oregon 32,490 18.72 0.94 $40.29 $83,800




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 119,070 18.38 0.92 $41.54 $86,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 70,810 17.26 0.87 $46.61 $96,960
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 67,030 18.77 0.94 $35.96 $74,800
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 46,700 15.94 0.80 $36.92 $76,790
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 44,200 25.09 1.26 $46.05 $95,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 37,640 16.15 0.81 $34.89 $72,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 36,200 14.59 0.73 $31.73 $65,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 35,370 18.81 0.94 $37.00 $76,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 34,810 18.56 0.93 $35.34 $73,510
St. Louis, MO-IL 33,810 25.56 1.28 $29.20 $60,750