NURSE SALARY

Nursing salaries can vary widely across geographical areas and depend greatly upon nurses’ levels of education and specialization. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and their increased need for healthcare, demand for nurses and nursing salaries have both been on the rise.

Masters In Nursing Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses (RNs) made a median salary of $68,450 in 2016 – but earning a Master’s in Nursing can lead to even better pay. Some advanced nursing specialties, such as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, made a median salary of $107,460 in 2016, according to BLS. Earning a Master’s in Nursing not only results in large pay increases, in many cases, it also improves employment prospects.

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 Master’s in Nursing, we can distill some information from reported earnings. National averages for higher-level nursing positions can give us a general picture of what master’s degree-holders can make: (Updated 4/27/2017)

Registered Nurse

State Salary
Alabama $56,900
Alaska $86,450
Arizona $73,430
Arkansas $57,630
California $101,750
Colorado $70,550
Connecticut $78,270
Delaware $70,820
DC $80,500
Florida $64,630
Georgia $64,750
Hawaii $88,910
Idaho $62,470
Illinois $70,890
Indiana $60,050
Iowa $56,290
Kansas $58,260
Kentucky $59,810
Louisiana $63,370
Maine $63,800
Maryland $74,710
Massachusetts $89,060
Michigan $69,100
Minnesota $73,940
Mississippi $57,010
Missouri $60,830
State Salary
Montana $64,300
Nebraska $60,370
Nevada $83,790
New Hampshire $68,680
New Jersey $80,580
New Mexico $68,670
New York $80,830
North Carolina $61,330
North Dakota $60,840
Ohio $63,960
Oklahoma $60,630
Oregon $87,000
Pennsylvania $68,770
Rhode Island $75,200
South Carolina $63,470
South Dakota $55,920
Tennessee $58,410
Texas $70,390
Utah $62,360
Vermont $67,780
Virginia $66,670
Washington $80,120
West Virginia $59,380
Wisconsin $67,930
Wyoming $62,980
Average $68,450

Licensed Practical Nurse

 
State Salary
Alabama $36,300
Alaska $53,760
Arizona $51,670
Arkansas $36,800
California $52,670
Colorado $48,690
Connecticut $55,720
Delaware $55,720
DC $55,200
Florida $42,960
Georgia $40,250
Hawaii $48,980
Idaho $40,680
Illinois $48,070
Indiana $41,540
Iowa $40,710
Kansas $40,880
Kentucky $39,460
Louisiana $38,070
Maine $43,680
Maryland $51,980
Massachusetts $55,190
Michigan $46,660
Minnesota $43,620
Mississippi $36,840
Missouri $39,600
State Salary
Montana $40,920
Nebraska $40,630
Nevada $53,500
New Hampshire $49,040
New Jersey $53,740
New Mexico $47,770
New York $47,170
North Carolina $42,510
North Dakota $43,200
Ohio $41,320
Oklahoma $39,290
Oregon $50,160
Pennsylvania $45,810
Rhode Island $55,410
South Carolina $40,090
South Dakota $37,100
Tennessee $37,920
Texas $46,110
Utah $42,720
Vermont $46,790
Virginia $41,450
Washington $50,740
West Virginia $36,050
Wisconsin $43,820
Wyoming $45,590
Average $44,090

Nursing Assistants

State Salary
Alabama $22,690
Alaska $37,520
Arizona $29,790
Arkansas $22,760
California $33,770
Colorado $30,150
Connecticut $32,140
Delaware $29,000
DC $33,380
Florida $25,230
Georgia $22,530
Hawaii $31,990
Idaho $25,630
Illinois $26,830
Indiana $25,000
Iowa $27,310
Kansas $24,530
Kentucky $25,160
Louisiana $21,610
Maine $26,220
Maryland $29,700
Massachusetts $30,960
Michigan $28,750
Minnesota $30,610
Mississippi $21,640
Missouri $24,690
State Salary
Montana $25,950
Nebraska $26,260
Nevada $33,650
New Hampshire $30,390
New Jersey $28,980
New Mexico $27,280
New York $34,300
North Carolina $23,630
North Dakota $31,600
Ohio $25,850
Oklahoma $24,050
Oregon $31,660
Pennsylvania $29,190
Rhode Island $29,560
South Carolina $24,590
South Dakota $24,960
Tennessee $23,850
Texas $25,410
Utah $24,910
Vermont $28,620
Virginia $26,040
Washington $30,150
West Virginia $25,210
Wisconsin $27,980
Wyoming $29,010
Average $26,590

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

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Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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HIGHEST NURSING SALARY

Registered Nurse

State Salary
1. California $101,750
2. Massachusetts $89,060
3. Hawaii $88,910
4. Oregon $87,000
5. Alaska $86,450
Metropolitan Area Salary
1. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA $136,610
2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA $124,920
3. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA $124,380
4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $120,680
5. Salianas, CA $120,120

Licensed Practical Nurse

State Salary
1. Connecticut $55,720
2. Rhode Island $55,410
3. DC $55,200
4. Massachusetts $55,190
5. Alaska $53,760
Metropolitan Area Salary
1. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA $63,860
2. San Rafael, CA $61,390
3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $60,700
4. Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA $59,900
5. Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA $59,390

Nursing Assistants

State Salary
1. Alaska $37,520
2. New York $34,300
3. Nevada $33,650
4. DC $33,380
5. California $32,770
Metropolitan Area Salary
1. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA $45,410
2. Fairbanks, AK $41,940
3. Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY $38,740
4. Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA $37,600
5. Stockton-Lodi, CA $37,470

NURSING SCHEDULE, LOCATION, AND CAREER PATHS 

  • Nurses are often able to choose between shifts of varying lengths and at different points in the day.
  • Nurses may work in hospitals, schools, homes or other healthcare facilities.
  • Nurses may enter a number of healthcare industries and may pursue a wide variety of specialties, many of which come with higher wages and improved benefits.

NURSING JOB OPPORTUNITIES

NURSING BENEFITS

  • Nurses generally receive generous benefit packages that include health insurance, vacation time, holiday pay, childcare and college tuition reimbursement. Benefits vary by location, employer and specialty.
  • Various professional organizations exist for all nurses, as well as for each nursing specialty. These groups offer increased benefits and resources in exchange for annual membership fees.

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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