Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
2,951,960 0.5 % $36.30 $75,510 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.42 $28.25 $34.48 $42.47 $51.22
Annual Wage (2) $50,800 $58,770 $71,730 $88,350 $106,530


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 1,698,700 30.62 $37.37 $77,730
Offices of Physicians 197,790 7.63 $32.59 $67,790
Home Health Care Services 181,180 12.50 $34.54 $71,850
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 153,120 9.51 $32.39 $67,370
Outpatient Care Centers 141,830 15.38 $38.09 $79,230

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 1,698,700 30.62 $37.37 $77,730
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 62,980 24.06 $37.74 $78,500
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 39,170 16.24 $35.38 $73,590
Outpatient Care Centers 141,830 15.38 $38.09 $79,230
Home Health Care Services 181,180 12.50 $34.54 $71,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 320 0.11 $45.87 $95,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 81,390 4.06 $42.99 $89,430
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 80 0.11 $41.31 $85,920
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 120 0.02 $40.64 $84,530
Legal Services 320 0.03 $39.80 $82,790


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 294,510 17.32 0.85 $51.42 $106,950
Texas 210,350 17.36 0.85 $35.04 $72,890
New York 182,490 19.44 0.95 $41.16 $85,610
Florida 177,600 20.63 1.01 $31.83 $66,210
Pennsylvania 148,520 25.40 1.25 $33.84 $70,390




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 12,760 30.21 1.48 $28.05 $58,340
West Virginia 19,930 28.61 1.40 $29.70 $61,780
Mississippi 29,860 26.57 1.30 $28.12 $58,490
Delaware 11,840 26.40 1.29 $35.96 $74,800
Rhode Island 12,630 26.21 1.29 $37.70 $78,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 294,510 17.32 0.85 $51.42 $106,950
Hawaii 11,310 17.63 0.86 $47.16 $98,080
District of Columbia 11,110 15.59 0.76 $44.40 $92,350
Massachusetts 80,630 22.58 1.11 $44.30 $92,140
Oregon 36,020 19.10 0.94 $43.79 $91,080





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 176,780 18.61 0.91 $43.83 $91,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 103,910 16.98 0.83 $48.05 $99,930
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 98,790 21.28 1.04 $37.36 $77,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 72,910 25.59 1.25 $37.35 $77,680
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 59,730 16.74 0.82 $35.65 $74,140
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 59,060 21.41 1.05 $45.80 $95,270
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 53,400 20.62 1.01 $33.41 $69,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 53,250 17.85 0.88 $38.54 $80,160
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 43,100 21.86 1.07 $35.77 $74,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 42,870 13.67 0.67 $39.17 $81,470