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Nurse SalaryNursing salaries can vary widely across geographical area and depends highly on a nurses level of education and specialization. With the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reporting the job outlook for nurses as “excellent” and job growth to be “faster than normal”, it’s no wonder that nursing salary and demand have been on the rise.

While the Bureau of Labor and Statistics does not directly report on the salary of nurses who have attained an advanced practice nursing license through a masters in nursing, we can distill some information from current job postings around the country. National averages for higher level nursing positions will give us a better picture since there’s more data available there through third party job directories:

  1. Advanced Practice Nursing Salary:$92,000(Indeed.com)
  2. Nurse Practitioner Salary:$89,450 (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  3. Registered Nurse Salary: $64,241 (BLS)
  4. Licensed Practical Nurse Salary: $40,875 (BLS)
  5. Nursing Aide Salary: $24,932 (BLS)

Following is a state by state breakdown of salary for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing aides as made available by bls.gov:

Registered Nurse

Alabama$57,860
Alaska$74,970
Arizona$67,130
Arkansas$57,040
California$85,080
Colorado$66,800
Connecticut$71,930
Delaware$70,770
DC$74,040
Florida$62,270
Georgia$60,940
Hawaii$80,020
Idaho$61,320
Illinois$65,440
Indiana$57,910
Iowa$51,930
Kansas$55730
Kentucky$58,110
Louisiana$60290
Maine$65,240
Maryland$76,330
Massachusetts$81,780
Michigan$64,100
Minnesota$72,760
Mississippi$57,630
Missouri$57,460
Montana$56,380
Nebraska$55,040
Nevada$72,940
New Hampshire$62,060
New Jersey$74,990
New Mexico$63,550
New York$72,790
North Carolina$58,880
North Dakota$56,110
Ohio$59,740
Oklahoma$53,210
Oregon$73,300
Pennsylvania$63,600
Rhode Island$68,830
South Carolina$59,680
South Dakota$53,520
Tennessee$59,520
Texas$64,670
Utah$59,370
Vermont$63,230
Virginia$63,270
Washington$72,450
West Virginia$53,030
Wisconsin$63,200
Wyoming$58,060Average$64,241

Licensed Practical Nurse

Alabama$23,490
Alaska$46,500
Arizona$45,650
Arkansas$23,750
California$49,940
Colorado$42,100
Connecticut$52,300
Delaware$47,210
DC$47,990
Florida$29,910
Georgia$26,170
Hawaii$45,000
Idaho$27,860
Illinois$41,240
Indiana$27,920
Iowa$26,300
Kansas$26,600
Kentucky$26,150
Louisiana$27,390
Maine$29,660
Maryland$49,310
Massachusetts$49,760
Michigan$42,540
Minnesota$28,840
Mississippi$24,490
Missouri$25,100
Montana$24,910
Nebraska$25,810
Nevada$47,900
New Hampshire$43,610
New Jersey$50,350
New Mexico$49,760
New York$41,910
North Carolina$29,710
North Dakota$24,810
Ohio$29,910
Oklahoma$22,790
Oregon$44,830
Pennsylvania$41,300
Rhode Island$50,010
South Carolina$27,450
South Dakota$23,390
Tennessee$25,990
Texas$40,710
Utah$29,840
Vermont$41,430
Virginia$27,950
Washington$44,400
West Virginia$22,250
Wisconsin$41,080
Wyoming$29,380Average$40,875

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants

Alabama$21,290
Alaska$22,390
Arizona$25,300
Arkansas$20,220
California$27,450
Colorado$27,530
Connecticut$20,040
Delaware$27,900
DC$27,710
Florida$23,600
Georgia$21,050
Hawaii$20,500
Idaho$22,920
Illinois$24,690
Indiana$23,740
Iowa$23,940
Kansas$22,560
Kentucky$22,170
Louisiana$19,780
Maine$23,980
Maryland$28,610
Massachusetts$29,200
Michigan$25,820
Minnesota$26,730
Mississippi$19,630
Missouri$21,910
Montana$22,840
Nebraska$23,550
Nevada$20,970
New Hampshire$28,210
New Jersey$26,850
New Mexico$22,970
New York$20,850
North Carolina$23,170
North Dakota$23,790
Ohio$24,060
Oklahoma$20,920
Oregon$26,800
Pennsylvania$26,290
Rhode Island$29,040
South Carolina$21,090
South Dakota$22,520
Tennessee$22,350
Texas$21,610
Utah$22,720
Vermont$25,740
Virginia$23,460
Washington$27,220
West Virginia$21,140
Wisconsin$25,770
Wyoming$26,980Average$24,932

Highest Nursing Salary

Registered Nurse

StatesSalary
1. California$85,080
2. Massachusetts$81,780
3. Hawaii$80,020
4. Maryland$76,330
5. New Jersey$74,990
Metropolitan AreasSalary
1. Visalia-Porterville, CA$111,030
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$110,080
3. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$98,900
4. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$97,280
5. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA$89,770

Licensed Practical Nurse

StatesSalary
1. Connecticut$52,300
2. New Jersey$50,350
3. New York$50,010
4. Hawaii$49,940
5. Connecticut$49,960
Metropolitan AreasSalary
1. Salinas, CA$59,670
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$57,150
3. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$57,140
4. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$56,920
5. Albuquerque, NM$56,080

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants

StatesSalary
1. Alaska$32,390
2. Nevada$30,970
3. New York$30,850
4. Hawaii$30,500
5. Connecticut$30,040
Metropolitan AreasSalary
1. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$36,900
2. Nassau-Suffolk, NY$34,920
3. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$32,960
4. Fairbanks, AK$32,960
5. New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ$32,670