Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
2,661,890 0.5 % $33.13 $68,910 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.94 $26.05 $31.84 $38.55 $46.31
Annual Wage (2) $45,630 $54,180 $66,220 $80,190 $96,320


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 1,553,080 29.46 $33.94 $70,590
Offices of Physicians 178,810 7.39 $30.22 $62,850
Home Health Care Services 166,910 13.77 $32.17 $66,910
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 142,490 8.60 $29.81 $62,010
Outpatient Care Centers 102,410 15.24 $35.62 $74,100

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 1,553,080 29.46 $33.94 $70,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 54,650 22.84 $35.45 $73,740
Outpatient Care Centers 102,410 15.24 $35.62 $74,100
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 34,690 15.13 $32.11 $66,780
Home Health Care Services 166,910 13.77 $32.17 $66,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 50 0.06 $41.72 $86,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,810 3.48 $38.07 $79,190
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 80 0.92 $37.79 $78,600
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 180 0.04 $35.67 $74,200
Outpatient Care Centers 102,410 15.24 $35.62 $74,100


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 252,940 17.19 0.86 $46.62 $96,980
Texas 190,090 17.42 0.87 $32.62 $67,860
New York 169,820 19.67 0.98 $36.29 $75,470
Florida 162,530 21.81 1.09 $29.84 $62,060
Pennsylvania 124,750 22.21 1.11 $31.74 $66,010




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 11,540 28.63 1.43 $25.51 $53,050
West Virginia 18,440 25.99 1.29 $26.56 $55,240
Mississippi 27,590 25.46 1.27 $27.18 $56,530
Rhode Island 11,570 25.37 1.26 $35.62 $74,080
Missouri 64,870 24.58 1.22 $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 252,940 17.19 0.86 $46.62 $96,980
Hawaii 10,300 17.11 0.85 $41.05 $85,380
Massachusetts 79,270 24.33 1.21 $40.25 $83,720
Alaska 5,790 17.96 0.89 $40.21 $83,640
Oregon 28,490 17.37 0.87 $38.67 $80,440





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 94,230 17.98 0.90 $40.44 $84,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 69,610 17.51 0.87 $44.26 $92,060
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 69,050 18.66 0.93 $34.46 $71,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 44,450 16.12 0.80 $36.56 $76,050
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 42,690 24.41 1.22 $42.35 $88,100
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 42,380 23.03 1.15 $35.07 $72,940
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 36,840 17.14 0.85 $33.65 $70,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 33,600 18.75 0.93 $35.30 $73,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 33,420 14.48 0.72 $30.95 $64,370
St. Louis, MO-IL 33,300 25.79 1.28 $28.48 $59,240