The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week released data on how much RNs are paid in each state as part of its latest occupational employment statistics survey.
About the BLS report
According to BLS, the data includes clinical nurse specialists but excludes nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.
The survey attempted to reflect employment and salaries as of May 2020. According to BLS, however, the Covid-19 epidemic may have skewed the statistics for several reasons, including that the report incorporates data from survey panels conducted before Covid-19 emerged and that the epidemic led to lower-than-usual survey response rates.
The states with the highest average annual wage for RNs
In its report, BLS found the average annual wage for RNs was $80,101 as of May 2020, while the average hourly wage was $38.47.
BLS found the five states with the highest average annual wage for RNs were:
- California ($120,560);
- Hawaii ($104,830);
- Massachusetts ($96,250);
- Oregon ($96,230); and
- Alaska ($95,270).
Meanwhile, BLS found the five states with the lowest annual wage for RNs were:
- Alabama ($60,230);
- South Dakota ($60,960);
- Mississippi ($61,250);
- Iowa ($62,570); and
- Arkansas ($63,640).