Occupation Snapshot | Registered nurses, 2015-2019 | January 2021
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families.
As of May 2019, there were 2,982,280 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $37.24 and the average annual wage was $77,460.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for this occupation, there were 20,150 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 102.1.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 18 for registered nurses during 2019, compared to 13 during 2018.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 4, 2021