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The Best-paying States For Nurses In 2021

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By Trevor Wheelwright

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Over 2.9 million nurses work in the United States, and they make an average salary of $77,460 per year.1 But some states pay better than others. And living expenses don’t always line up with income.

To help our health-care heroes find a new spot to live, we found the best states for nursing salaries. Using this list, our health-care heroes can get a better idea of where they may want to move (or start) their nursing careers.

Nurses get paid $67,610 in Florida

In each state, we compared the average nursing salary to the average income to find the percentage difference. We then calculated how many hours nurses must work to afford rent.

According to the CDC, health-care providers make up 6% of COVID-19 hospitalizations,
 and 36% of those hospitalizations were nurses.With 288,000+ health-care provider
 hospitalizations and nearly 1,000 deaths,this figure likely will grow as more data
 becomes available and pandemic continues with no clear end in sight.

In which states do nurses earn the most?

Nationally, nurses make 45% more than the average salary for all other occupations. And in 15 states, nurses make more than the national average.

Hawaii tops our list, with nurses making 89% more than other occupations for a total salary of $104,060. Washington DC ranks last on our list. Nurses in DC make only 5.6% more than the average salary for all other occupations.

California boasts the highest wage per hour for nurses, at $54.44. South Dakota has the lowest wage per hour for nurses at $28.63—which is nearly half what they make in California.

In which states do nurses have to work the longest to afford their rent?

Nationally, nurses work an average of 29.5 hours to be able to afford a month’s rent. The national average income requires 42.7 hours of work to afford rent. That means nursing requires 13.2 hours less of work than the average occupation to afford rent every month.

In Florida, nurses must work 38 hours to afford the median monthly rent, while Maryland and Colorado nurses are a close second–they must work 37 hours to afford their rent.

In West Virginia, nurses only have to work 23 hours to afford the median monthly rent. All other occupations in the Mountain State work an average of 35 hours to afford monthly rent.

While nurses get paid more than other occupations on average, it’s hard work with long hours and a lot of frustration. Do you think nurses get paid enough? Let us know in the comments below, or share our findings on social media to keep the discussion going.

State-by-state analysis of nurse earnings

Rank
State
Average salary for nurses
Average salary for all occupations
Percent more that nurses earn compared to all other occupations
Hours worked to afford median rent for nurses
1 Hawaii $104,060 $54,930 89.4% 33
2 Nevada $88,380 $47,210 87.2% 27.5
3 California $113,240 $61,290 84.8% 29.6
4 Oregon $92,960 $53,890 72.5% 26.5
5 New Mexico $73,300 $47,040 55.8% 24
6 Idaho $69,480 $44,890 54.8% 26.3
7 Arizona $78,330 $50,930 53.8% 29.2
8 Montana $69,340 $45,370 52.8% 24.9
9 Alaska $90,500 $59,290 52.6% 27.6
10 Louisiana $65,850 $44,170 49.1% 27.4
11 Mississippi $59,750 $40,090 49% 27
12 Wisconsin $72,610 $48,850 48.6% 24.8
13 Texas $74,540 $50,490 47.6% 30.4
14 South Carolina $64,840 $44,380 46.1% 29.6
15 West Virginia $63,220 $43,420 45.6% 23.9
16 Kentucky $63,750 $44,020 44.8% 25.2
17 Michigan $73,200 $50,780 44.2% 25.2
18 Maine $69,760 $48,470 43.9% 25.9
19 Rhode Island $82,310 $57,220 43.8% 26.4
20 Arkansas $61,330 $42,690 43.7% 25.2
21 Minnesota $80,130 $55,890 43.4% 26.4
22 Indiana $66,560 $46,770 42.3% 26.3
23 Oklahoma $64,800 $45,620 42% 26.1
24 Massachusetts $93,160 $65,680 41.8% 30.4
25 Florida $67,610 $47,750 41.6% 38.1
26 New Jersey $84,280 $59,980 40.5% 34
27 Georgia $69,590 $49,620 40.2% 31.4
28 Pennsylvania $71,410 $51,340 39.1% 27.7
29 Washington $86,176 $62,020 38.9% 32.8
30 South Dakota $59,540 $42,920 38.7% 26.9
31 Nebraska $66,640 $48,250 38.1% 26.8
32 Wyoming $68,690 $49,760 38% 24.9
33 Ohio $68,220 $49,430 38% 24.8
34 Utah $67,970 49,420 37.5% 33.6
35 Vermont $70,240 $51,120 37.4% 29
36 New York $87,840 $63,970 37.3% 31
37 Tennessee $62,570 $45,650 37.1% 30.1
38 New Hampshire $73,880 $53,950 36.9% 32.3
39 North Carolina $66,440 $48,550 36.8% 29.1
40 Delaware $74,100 $54,370 36.3% 31.3
41 Kansas $62,450 $46,520 34.2% 28.7
42 Missouri $64,160 $47,820 34.2% 27
43 Alabama $60,230 $44,930 34.1% 27.9
44 Connecticut $83,440 $62,350 33.8% 29.3
45 Illinois $73,510 $55,130 33.3% 28.9
46 Colorado $76,230 $57,690 32.1% 37.4
47 North Dakota $66,290 $50,430 31.4% 25.2
48 Maryland $77,910 $60,230 29.4% 37.4
49 Iowa $60,590 $47,330 28% 27.7
50 Virginia $71,870 $56,740 26.7% 36.3
51 District of Columbia $94,820 $89,800 5.6% 35.2

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