Highest-paying industries for RNs

Government is the highest-paying industry for registered nurses, where they earn an average of almost $30,000 higher than the lowest-paying industry, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The data was updated April 3 and uses information from 2023.

Here is the average yearly salary of registered nurses in the five industries BLS tracks:

Government — $99,840

Hospitals; state, local and private — $88,430

Ambulatory healthcare services — $81,230

Nursing and residential care facilities — $79,280

Educational services; state, local and private — $71,550

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