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10 states with highest & lowest RN salary

Registered nurses earn an average of $71,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

RN salary varies by state from a high of $101,260 in California to a low of $55,040 in Iowa. Here are the 10 states with the highest and 10 with the lowest average registered nurse salaries based on BSL data gathered in May 2015.

Highest salary

1. California: $101,260
2. Hawaii: $90,130
3. Massachusetts: $88,650
4. Alaska: $88,510
5. Oregon: $83,800
6. Nevada: $81,460
7. New Jersey: $79,840
8. Washington, D.C.: $79,560
9. New York: $78,950
10. Washington: $78,130

Lowest salary

1. Iowa: $55,040
2. South Dakota: $55,100
3. Arkansas: $56,870
4. Alabama: $56,890
5. Mississippi: $56,980
6. Kansas: $57,410
7. Tennessee: $57,560
8. West Virginia: $58,101
9. Kentucky: $58,770
10. North Dakota: $58,890

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