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Registered nurse salary for all 50 states — California No. 1 at $106,950

The average salary for registered nurses across the country is $75,510, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data collected in May 2018.

Registered nurses have the highest annual salary in California, where RNs on average make $106,950; South Dakota has the lowest earning RNs at around $58,340 on average.

Here is the average annual salary for RNs by state, ranked from highest to lowest.

California: $106,950
Hawaii: $98,080
Massachusetts: $92,140
Oregon: $91,080
Alaska: $89,310
New York: $85,610
Nevada: $85,620
New Jersey: $82,750
Washington: $82,670
Connecticut: $81,220
Minnesota: $78,920
Rhode Island: $78,420
Arizona: $77,000
Maryland: $76,820
Delaware: $74,800
Colorado: $74,240
Illinois: $73,890
Texas: $72,890
New Hampshire $72,760
New Mexico: $71,730
Wisconsin: $71,470
Michigan: $71,330
Pennsylvania: $70,390
Virginia: $69,790
Vermont: $69,160
Georgia: $68,950
Maine: $67,610
Montana: $67,450
Wyoming: $67,360
Idaho: $67,110
Ohio: $66,820
Florida: $66,210
North Dakota: $65,740
Utah: $65,670
Missouri: $65,130
South Carolina: $64,940
Indiana: $64,860
North Carolina: $64,850
Nebraska: $64,470
Louisiana: $63,970
Kentucky: $63,100
Oklahoma: $63,080
West Virginia: $61,780
Tennessee: $61,320
Kansas: 61,030
Arkansas: $60,780
Alabama: $59,470
Iowa: $59,130
Mississippi: $58,490
South Dakota: $58,340

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