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Registered Nurse Earnings

The median annual wage for registered nurses was $66,640 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $98,880.

In May 2014, the median annual wages for registered nurses in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Government: $70,540
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: 68,490
  • Home healthcare services: 63,810
  • Nursing and residential care facilities: 59,840
  • Offices of physicians: 59,550

Because patients in hospitals and nursing care facilities need round-the-clock care, nurses in these settings usually work in rotating shifts, covering all 24 hours. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays. They may also be on call, which means they are on duty and must be available to work on short notice.

Nurses who work in offices, schools, and other places that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work regular business hours.

In 2014, about 1 out of 6 registered nurses worked part time.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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