Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
2,633,980 0.5 % $32.66 $67,930 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.65 $25.80 $31.48 $37.84 $45.54
Annual Wage (2) $45,040 $53,670 $65,470 $78,700 $94,720


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 1,545,370 29.51 $33.41 $69,490
Offices of Physicians 177,190 7.46 $29.86 $62,120
Home Health Care Services 162,120 13.76 $31.51 $65,530
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 139,440 8.39 $29.43 $61,220
Outpatient Care Centers 92,350 14.42 $34.23 $71,200

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 1,545,370 29.51 $33.41 $69,490
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 52,240 22.67 $35.39 $73,610
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 34,670 14.89 $31.83 $66,210
Outpatient Care Centers 92,350 14.42 $34.23 $71,200
Home Health Care Services 162,120 13.76 $31.51 $65,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $42.07 $87,510
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 60 0.06 $39.58 $82,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 67,650 3.31 $38.11 $79,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 31,330 1.08 $35.84 $74,540
Personal Care Services 400 0.06 $35.39 $73,620


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 249,980 17.48 0.86 $45.25 $94,120
Texas 187,290 17.70 0.88 $31.90 $66,350
New York 166,950 19.54 0.97 $35.63 $74,100
Florida 163,720 22.51 1.11 $29.70 $61,780
Pennsylvania 125,220 22.37 1.11 $31.25 $65,000




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 11,030 27.66 1.37 $25.39 $52,800
Rhode Island 11,840 26.13 1.29 $35.13 $73,070
Mississippi 28,200 26.10 1.29 $27.76 $57,740
Missouri 65,260 25.04 1.24 $27.40 $56,990
Massachusetts 79,570 24.85 1.23 $40.08 $83,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 249,980 17.48 0.86 $45.25 $94,120
Hawaii 10,060 17.10 0.85 $40.74 $84,750
Massachusetts 79,570 24.85 1.23 $40.08 $83,370
Alaska 5,350 16.80 0.83 $38.93 $80,970
Oregon 28,840 17.92 0.89 $37.75 $78,530





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 92,060 17.85 0.88 $39.63 $82,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 72,590 19.94 0.99 $34.18 $71,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 69,540 17.96 0.89 $41.82 $86,990
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 43,700 23.97 1.19 $34.23 $71,200
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 43,180 16.35 0.81 $35.51 $73,860
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 43,020 25.14 1.24 $42.74 $88,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 39,120 18.66 0.92 $33.08 $68,810
St. Louis, MO-IL 33,580 26.34 1.30 $28.14 $58,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 32,590 14.41 0.71 $30.52 $63,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 31,320 18.11 0.90 $35.13 $73,060