As of 2014, the average Registered Nurse (RN) brought home just shy of $66,640 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But earnings vary greatly by location, as employers must offer higher wages in certain areas of the country to attract qualified candidates. On average, the highest wages paid in registered nurse were in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Alaska and Oregon.
Salary (annual): $45,880 – $98,880
Salary (hourly): $22.06 – $47.54
Min. Education: Bachelor’s degree
Job Outlook 2014-24: 16% (Much faster than average)
Related Careers: Dental Hygienists, EMTs and Paramedics, Physician Assistants & Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data extracted on February 10, 2016