Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
2,857,180 0.6 % $34.70 $72,180 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.65 $27.01 $32.91 $40.27 $49.52
Annual Wage (2) $47,120 $56,190 $68,450 $83,770 $102,990


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 1,649,480 30.49 $35.71 $74,270
Offices of Physicians 196,540 7.81 $31.68 $65,890
Home Health Care Services 179,280 13.23 $33.34 $69,350
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 157,530 9.60 $30.75 $63,970
Outpatient Care Centers 128,180 15.37 $35.96 $74,800

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 1,649,480 30.49 $35.71 $74,270
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 61,420 24.01 $36.80 $76,540
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 37,910 16.13 $33.39 $69,460
Outpatient Care Centers 128,180 15.37 $35.96 $74,800
Home Health Care Services 179,280 13.23 $33.34 $69,350

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 680 0.07 $42.77 $88,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 60 0.02 $42.21 $87,790
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 290 0.10 $40.99 $85,260
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 30 0.03 $40.71 $84,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 77,790 3.85 $40.68 $84,610


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 274,650 17.20 0.85 $48.92 $101,750
Texas 207,810 17.69 0.87 $33.84 $70,390
New York 180,730 19.87 0.98 $38.86 $80,830
Florida 174,710 21.25 1.04 $31.07 $64,630
Pennsylvania 139,480 24.27 1.19 $33.06 $68,770




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)
West Virginia 20,880 29.94 1.47 $28.55 $59,380
South Dakota 12,130 29.04 1.43 $26.89 $55,920
Delaware 11,320 25.68 1.26 $34.05 $70,820
Mississippi 28,590 25.59 1.26 $27.41 $57,010
Rhode Island 12,150 25.57 1.26 $36.15 $75,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 274,650 17.20 0.85 $48.92 $101,750
Massachusetts 85,140 24.61 1.21 $42.82 $89,060
Hawaii 11,300 17.88 0.88 $42.75 $88,910
Oregon 35,220 19.67 0.97 $41.83 $87,000
Alaska 5,570 17.22 0.85 $41.56 $86,450





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 123,640 18.77 0.92 $42.36 $88,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 75,160 17.81 0.88 $45.87 $95,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 73,820 20.29 1.00 $36.36 $75,630
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 50,780 17.30 0.85 $37.27 $77,530
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 44,890 24.90 1.22 $47.13 $98,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 39,460 15.46 0.76 $32.63 $67,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 39,250 16.15 0.79 $35.17 $73,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 37,120 19.18 0.94 $36.03 $74,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 36,540 19.13 0.94 $38.13 $79,310
St. Louis, MO-IL 33,660 25.02 1.23 $30.18 $62,760