Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
2,906,840 0.5 % $35.36 $73,550 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.41 $27.57 $33.65 $41.33 $50.05
Annual Wage (2) $48,690 $57,340 $70,000 $85,960 $104,100


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 1,685,820 30.64 $36.45 $75,820
Offices of Physicians 196,040 7.69 $32.16 $66,890
Home Health Care Services 179,310 12.84 $33.77 $70,230
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 155,450 9.59 $31.59 $65,710
Outpatient Care Centers 132,070 15.00 $36.39 $75,680

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 1,685,820 30.64 $36.45 $75,820
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 62,310 23.98 $37.16 $77,290
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 39,100 16.33 $34.27 $71,290
Outpatient Care Centers 132,070 15.00 $36.39 $75,680
Home Health Care Services 179,310 12.84 $33.77 $70,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 210 0.07 $43.51 $90,510
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 940 0.10 $42.81 $89,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 79,220 3.91 $41.84 $87,030
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 70 0.10 $41.82 $86,990
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 240 0.03 $39.99 $83,190


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 282,290 16.91 0.83 $49.37 $102,700
Texas 212,230 17.85 0.88 $34.65 $72,070
New York 180,170 19.57 0.96 $40.12 $83,450
Florida 178,330 21.18 1.04 $31.20 $64,890
Pennsylvania 143,130 24.76 1.21 $33.57 $69,820




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 12,530 29.87 1.47 $27.41 $57,010
West Virginia 20,410 29.65 1.45 $29.03 $60,380
Delaware 11,620 26.25 1.29 $35.18 $73,180
Missouri 72,090 25.85 1.27 $30.43 $63,300
Mississippi 28,760 25.69 1.26 $27.74 $57,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 282,290 16.91 0.83 $49.37 $102,700
Hawaii 10,800 17.07 0.84 $46.63 $96,990
District of Columbia 11,000 15.54 0.76 $43.32 $90,110
Massachusetts 82,870 23.49 1.15 $42.95 $89,330
Oregon 35,140 19.19 0.94 $42.68 $88,770



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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 122,780 18.34 0.90 $43.67 $90,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 79,420 17.92 0.88 $45.99 $95,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 75,320 20.57 1.01 $36.84 $76,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 51,610 17.62 0.86 $38.01 $79,060
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 43,150 23.45 1.15 $46.70 $97,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 41,140 16.51 0.81 $35.81 $74,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40,400 15.42 0.76 $33.92 $70,540
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 39,290 20.34 1.00 $39.19 $81,510
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 38,670 19.53 0.96 $36.61 $76,140
St. Louis, MO-IL 36,670 27.03 1.33 $31.69 $65,910


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 3,090 72.52 3.56 $28.26 $58,780
Rochester, MN 7,640 66.54 3.26 $37.46 $77,920
Greenville, NC 4,150 55.65 2.73 $29.36 $61,060
Morgantown, WV 3,050 47.29 2.32 $31.12 $64,730
Gainesville, FL 5,470 41.51 2.04 $32.42 $67,430
Sherman-Denison, TX 1,860 41.34 2.03 $30.83 $64,130
Sioux Falls, SD 6,050 39.93 1.96 $27.77 $57,750
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 11,700 39.18 1.92 $32.39 $67,360
Rome, GA 1,440 38.92 1.91 $30.65 $63,740
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 5,060 38.70 1.90 $29.47 $61,290