How much does a Nurse make in the United States?

Average Nurse Yearly Salary in the United States

Nurses earn an average yearly salary of $51,927. Salaries typically start from $27,000 and go up to $81,000.

Average Nurse Hourly Wage in the United States

Nurses earn an average hourly wage of $24.96. Hourly wages typically start from $12.98 and go up to $38.94.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Employment Type Mix

83%
Full-Time
17%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Nurse demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.1
SCORE
1861
RATINGS
Nurses average a score of 3.1 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Nurses in the 55th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Nurse satisfaction

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Nurse Earnings by Seniority

Top End Nurse Earnings

The highest earning Nurses in the United States earn:

$38.94
an hour
$81,000
per year
Senior Nurse Earnings

Senior Nurses in the United States earn:

$31.25
an hour
$65,000
per year
Experienced Nurse Earnings

Experienced Nurses in the United States earn:

$23.56
an hour
$49,000
per year
Junior Nurse Earnings

Junior Nurses in the United States earn:

$15.00
an hour
$31,200
per year
Starting Nurse Earnings

Starting Nurses in the United States earn:

$12.98
an hour
$27,000
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Nurse Salary Comparison

Nurses earn more than 49% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician Salary $57k
Respiratory Therapist Salary $55k
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist Salary $54k
Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary $53k
Hearing Aid Specialist Salary $53k
Nurse Salary $51k
Health Educator Salary $51k
Radiologic Technologist Salary $51k
Psychologist Salary $50k
Healthcare Social Worker Salary $50k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Nurse salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Nurse Salary in California $35.97 $74,811.6 # 1
Nurse Salary in Georgia $30.04 $62,481.4 # 2
Nurse Salary in New York $28.52 $59,318.2 # 3
Nurse Salary in Washington $27.50 $57,208.7 # 4
Nurse Salary in Minnesota $26.58 $55,294 # 5
Nurse Salary in Pennsylvania $25.19 $52,402.9 # 6
Nurse Salary in Illinois $25.15 $52,311.3 # 7
Nurse Salary in Maryland $25.02 $52,032 # 8
Nurse Salary in United States $24.96 $51,926.6 # 9
Nurse Salary in Massachusetts $24.53 $51,015 # 10
Nurse Salary in Colorado $23.08 $47,996.8 # 11
Nurse Salary in Michigan $22.80 $47,428.6 # 12
Nurse Salary in Texas $22.80 $47,420.2 # 13
Nurse Salary in Indiana $21.96 $45,678.5 # 14
Nurse Salary in Florida $21.91 $45,579.4 # 15
Nurse Salary in Ohio $21.75 $45,236.1 # 16
Nurse Salary in Tennessee $21.31 $44,322.6 # 17
Nurse Salary in Missouri $20.60 $42,849.2 # 18
Nurse Salary in Virginia $19.62 $40,804.4 # 19
Nurse Salary in North Carolina $18.47 $38,421.1 # 20