In May 2014, there were 2,687,310 employed registered nurses in the United States, more than any other healthcare occupation. Nationwide, registered nurses accounted for nearly 2 of out every 100 employed persons. Some metropolitan areas have a higher concentration of employment in this occupation than other areas. We measure this concentration with the location quotient. A location quotient greater than 1 means the occupation has a higher share of area employment than the national average.
In May 2014, Rochester, Minnesota, had the highest concentration of employed registered nurses — more than 3 times the national average (a location quotient of 3.24). La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin-Minnesota (2.42); Rome, Georgia (2.35); and Cape Girardeau, Missouri-Illinois (2.32) also had high concentrations of registered nurses.
Registered nurses earned an annual median wage of $66,640 in May 2014. They earned the most in California ($96,470), Hawaii ($90,220), Alaska ($85,530), Oregon ($83,650), and Massachusetts ($81,380).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Registered nurses employment and wages by state and metropolitan area at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/registered-nurses-employment-and-wages-by-state-and-metropolitan-area.htm (visited December 11, 2023).