Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
2,687,310 0.5 % $33.55 $69,790 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.06 $26.26 $32.04 $38.98 $47.54
Annual Wage (2) $45,880 $54,620 $66,640 $81,080 $98,880


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 1,560,200 29.73 $34.44 $71,640
Offices of Physicians 183,400 7.47 $30.67 $63,800
Home Health Care Services 168,970 13.46 $32.64 $67,880
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 148,970 8.99 $30.02 $62,440
Outpatient Care Centers 107,300 15.33 $34.80 $72,390

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 1,560,200 29.73 $34.44 $71,640
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 58,200 23.60 $35.86 $74,590
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 35,090 15.43 $32.13 $66,830
Outpatient Care Centers 107,300 15.33 $34.80 $72,390
Home Health Care Services 168,970 13.46 $32.64 $67,880

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) $40.48 $84,200
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 50 0.74 $39.44 $82,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 71,880 3.64 $38.71 $80,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises 11,090 0.50 $36.58 $76,090
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.02 $36.34 $75,590


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 253,310 16.75 0.84 $47.31 $98,400
Texas 190,170 16.94 0.85 $32.98 $68,590
New York 169,560 19.24 0.97 $37.07 $77,110
Florida 163,950 21.39 1.08 $30.15 $62,720
Pennsylvania 128,750 22.77 1.15 $32.01 $66,570



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 11,620 28.41 1.43 $25.95 $53,970
West Virginia 19,120 27.01 1.36 $27.11 $56,390
Mississippi 28,070 25.66 1.29 $27.19 $56,560
Rhode Island 11,800 25.43 1.28 $36.30 $75,510
Missouri 67,250 25.15 1.26 $27.90 $58,040



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 253,310 16.75 0.84 $47.31 $98,400
Hawaii 10,650 17.39 0.87 $42.42 $88,230
Massachusetts 79,910 24.05 1.21 $41.23 $85,770
Alaska 5,780 17.79 0.89 $41.22 $85,740
Oregon 31,050 18.44 0.93 $39.87 $82,940




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 98,330 18.24 0.92 $41.35 $86,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 70,140 17.29 0.87 $45.26 $94,140
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 69,750 18.59 0.93 $35.35 $73,540
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 43,460 24.21 1.22 $43.69 $90,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 43,460 15.29 0.77 $36.30 $75,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 43,040 23.12 1.16 $35.66 $74,170
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 36,640 16.37 0.82 $34.57 $71,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 36,370 15.23 0.77 $31.27 $65,040
St. Louis, MO-IL 34,400 26.35 1.33 $28.43 $59,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 33,410 18.31 0.92 $36.33 $75,560