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The Average RN Salary By State

Holly Rinehart, RN, ASN - 10/27/17

The national registered nurse median salary in 2016 was $68,450. However, salaries for registered nurses vary by state, with locations on both coasts having higher median salaries than the Midwest or southern regions. 

The level of education that an RN has also influences their salary. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), in 2014, an RN with a diploma or associate degree (ASN) earned $66,620 on average, while an RN with a bachelor’s degree (BSN) earned $75,484. 

In some regions, the difference in pay between diploma and ASN- educated RNs and those with a BSN may be as much as $15,000, although starting salaries tend to be close in range regardless of education level. 

Median RN salaries by state in 2016: 

  • Alabama: $56,890
  • Alaska: $88,510
  • Arizona:$71,790
  • Arkansas: $56,870
  • California: $101,260

    (salaries in California vary greatly by region, with areas such as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose ranging from $112,000-122,000, and some areas such as Merced, and the north coast region making approximately $67,000 on average.) 

  • Colorado: $69,990
  • Connecticut: $77,330
  • Delaware: $71,410
  • Washington D.C.: $79,560
  • Florida: $63,960
  • Georgia: $63,190
  • Hawaii: $90,140
  • Idaho: $61,280
  • Illinois: $69,760
  • Indiana: $58,910
  • Iowa: $55,310
  • Kansas: $57,410
  • Kentucky: $58,770
  • Louisiana: $62,450
  • Maine: $64,310
  • Maryland: $73,200
  • Massachusetts: $88,650
  • Michigan: $67,690
  • Minnesota: $72,310
  • Mississippi: $56,980
  • Missouri: $59,150
  • Montana: $62,650
  • Nebraska: $58,970
  • Nevada: $81,460
  • New Hampshire: $67,190
  • New Jersey: $79,840
  • New Mexico: $66,030
  • New York: $78,950
  • North Carolina: $60,460
  • North Dakota: $58,890
  • Ohio: $62,800
  • Oklahoma: $59,040
  • Oregon: $83,800
  • Pennsylvania: $67,550
  • Rhode Island: $76,410
  • South Carolina: $61,110
  • South Dakota: $54,380
  • Tennessee: $57,560
  • Texas: $68,890
  • Utah: $61,000
  • Vermont: $65,840
  • Virginia: $65,340
  • Washington: $78,130
  • West Virginia: $58,010
  • Wisconsin: $66,400
  • Wyoming: $62,080