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The 10 Highest Paying States For Registered Nurses in 2022

Updated: May 19

The healthcare industry continues to grow exponentially.The US Bureau of Labor (BLS) latest report showed that healthcare workers have some of the highest salaries in the United States. But who is at the top? Here are the states that have the highest-paying jobs for nurses in 2022!


10. New Jersey

Average RN Salary: $85,720

Average Hourly: $41.21

Number of RNs in New Jersey: 78,590



9. Nevada

Average RN Salary: $89,750

Average Hourly: $42.69

Number of RNs in Nevada: 23,420



8. New York

Average RN Salary: $89,760

Average Hourly: $43.16

Number of RNs in New York: 178,550

7. Washington

Average RN Salary: $91,310

Average Hourly: $43.90

Number of RNs in Washington: 59,300







6. District of Columbia

Average RN Salary: $94,820

Average Hourly: $45.59

Number of RNs in DC: 10,890

5. Alaska

Average RN Salary: $95,270

Average Hourly: $45.81

Number of RNs in Alaska: 6,240

4. Oregon

Average RN Salary: $96,230

Average Hourly: $46.27

Number of RNs in Oregon: 36,840





3. Massachusetts.

Average RN Salary: $96,250

Average Hourly: $46.27

Number of RNs in Massachusetts: 84,030

2. Hawaii

Average RN Salary: $104,830

Average Hourly: $50.40

Number of RNs in Hawaii: 11,260

1. California

Average RN Salary: $124,000

Average Hourly: $59.62

Number of RNs in California: 474,148






So there it is - California takes first place! It is important to note that the Average RN salaries listed here are an average representation of all the different nurse specialities and considering the wide range of nursing specialties, the average salary can vary.

Some other factors to consider is the average cost of living per state. For example, Hawaii has a much higher cost of living than Alaska. The level of experience or any additional degrees and qualifications a nurse has, are also important factors that influence pay packages.


If you're considering moving states or embarking on your first travel assignment, make sure you carefully consider all the factors mentioned above. If you need any advice or assistance, our travel recruitment specialists can help! Reach out to us today for more information.


Aline Xavier - Healthcare Project Coordinator

I'm fascinated by helping companies in the healthcare

sector grow and thrive!


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