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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
2,982,280 0.5 % $37.24 $77,460 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.04 $28.90 $35.24 $43.64 $53.47
Annual Wage (2) $52,080 $60,110 $73,300 $90,760 $111,220


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 1,713,120 30.69 $38.20 $79,460
Offices of Physicians 197,890 7.47 $33.45 $69,570
Home Health Care Services 177,790 11.86 $35.41 $73,660
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 151,300 9.43 $33.53 $69,740
Outpatient Care Centers 147,550 15.47 $40.73 $84,720

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 1,713,120 30.69 $38.20 $79,460
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 62,670 23.63 $38.86 $80,840
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 40,390 16.35 $35.87 $74,610
Outpatient Care Centers 147,550 15.47 $40.73 $84,720
Home Health Care Services 177,790 11.86 $35.41 $73,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Support Services 650 0.07 $44.33 $92,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 83,210 4.14 $43.43 $90,340
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 260 0.09 $41.54 $86,400
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 120 0.02 $41.07 $85,430
Traveler Accommodation 50 (7) $40.92 $85,120


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 302,770 17.42 0.86 $54.44 $113,240
Texas 218,090 17.54 0.86 $35.84 $74,540
Florida 181,670 20.66 1.02 $32.50 $67,610
New York 178,320 18.73 0.92 $42.23 $87,840
Pennsylvania 148,040 25.08 1.24 $34.33 $71,410




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 12,950 30.47 1.50 $28.63 $59,540
West Virginia 19,830 28.24 1.39 $30.39 $63,220
Mississippi 29,550 26.19 1.29 $28.73 $59,750
Rhode Island 12,630 26.12 1.29 $39.57 $82,310
Delaware 11,730 25.96 1.28 $35.63 $74,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 302,770 17.42 0.86 $54.44 $113,240
Hawaii 11,330 17.83 0.88 $50.03 $104,060
District of Columbia 10,890 15.05 0.74 $45.59 $94,820
Massachusetts 81,020 22.38 1.10 $44.79 $93,160
Oregon 36,660 19.23 0.95 $44.69 $92,960





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 174,210 18.04 0.89 $44.85 $93,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 111,780 17.91 0.88 $51.05 $106,190
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 97,030 20.75 1.02 $37.22 $77,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 71,120 24.73 1.22 $37.33 $77,640
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 60,620 16.58 0.82 $36.89 $76,740
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 58,690 20.98 1.03 $46.40 $96,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 54,780 17.95 0.88 $39.11 $81,350
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 54,020 20.44 1.01 $33.61 $69,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 43,450 13.67 0.67 $40.08 $83,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 41,640 21.12 1.04 $40.58 $84,400