The highest-paying states for nurses

Full-time nurses in California have the highest annual average salaries of nurses in all 50 states, averaging $106,000 per year, according to a survey conducted by ADVANCE Healthcare Network.

The survey includes responses from more than 22,000 nurses at every level and focused on specialization, location, education and benefits.

Here's how the 50 states ranked in annual average salaries for full-time nurses, according to the survey:

  1. California: $106,865
  2. Oregon: $104,844
  3. Nevada: $104,167
  4. Arizona: $102,348
  5. Utah: $101,905
  6. Hawaii: $101,786
  7. South Dakota: $100,000
  8. New York: $98,869
  9. Massachusetts: $98,596
  10. Minnesota: $97,143
  11. Colorado: $95,357
  12. Connecticut: $95,062
  13. Maryland: $94,585
  14. Delaware: $93,800
  15. Wisconsin: $92,264
  16. Missouri: $91,667
  17. Washington: $91,061
  18. Alaska: $90,556
  19. Mississippi: $90,541
  20. New Jersey: $89,298
  21. Illinois: $89,073
  22. New Hampshire: $88,955
  23. Rhode Island: $88,929
  24. Louisiana: $88,267
  25. Wyoming: $87,037
  26. Texas: $86,250
  27. Oklahoma: $86,000
  28. Idaho: $85,200
  29. Virginia: $85,000
  30. Tennessee: $84,085
  31. Indiana: $83,968
  32. Vermont: $83,810
  33. Georgia: $83,520
  34. New Mexico: $82,987
  35. Pennsylvania: $81,623
  36. Maine: $80,800
  37. Arkansas: $78,205
  38. North Dakota: $77,273
  39. South Carolina: $77,006
  40. Kentucky: $76,833
  41. Florida: $76,253
  42. Michigan: $76,161
  43. North Carolina: $73,858
  44. Alabama: $73,510
  45. Montana: $71,864
  46. Ohio: $69,556
  47. Kansas: $68,621
  48. Nebraska: $67,907
  49. Iowa: $66,238
  50. West Virginia: $63,416

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