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Registered Nurse salary in United States

How much does a Registered Nurse make in the United States?

Average base salary

$42.05

Most common benefits

Overtime
$11,663per year
Others
401(k)
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The average salary for a registered nurse is $42.05 per hour in the United States and $11,663 overtime per year.301.1k salaries reported, updated at June 28, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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1 to 2 years
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Top companies for Registered Nurses in United States

  1. St. David's HealthCare
    3.6star
    704 reviews10 salaries reported
    $70.31per hour
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Highest paying cities for Registered Nurses in United States

  1. New York, NY
    $48.55 per hour
    2644 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $46.12 per hour
    763 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $45.47 per hour
    2013 salaries reported
  1. Atlanta, GA
    $44.09 per hour
    807 salaries reported
  2. Dallas, TX
    $43.69 per hour
    1474 salaries reported
  3. Phoenix, AZ
    $42.89 per hour
    3678 salaries reported
  1. Houston, TX
    $42.79 per hour
    839 salaries reported
  2. Miami, FL
    $41.58 per hour
    726 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $41.26 per hour
    860 salaries reported
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Where can a Registered Nurse earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Registered Nurses

Most recommended certification

Infection Control Certification

earn +39.73% more

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 414.99% since 2018. Registered Nurses with this certification earn +39.73% more than the average base salary, which is $42.05 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
2012366increase by 366
20131493increase by 307.92%
20141767increase by 18.35%
20151812increase by 2.55%
20161206decrease by 33.44%
2017434decrease by 64.01%
2018347decrease by 20.05%
20191787increase by 414.99%

Top companies hiring Registered Nurses with the recommended certification

International SOS
University of California - San Francisco
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Crystal Run Healthcare
Mount Sinai Health System
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Top schools offering Infection Control Certification

Southern Technical Institute

Nursing Unlimited

86 reviews

Washington Care Academy

WorkshopsExpress

Top skills
ICD Coding
+14.59%salary
Top fields of study
Public Health Degree
+56.22%salary
Top licenses
LMSW
+32.81%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
16 jobs22
1,713 jobs12,686
102 jobs887
98 jobs207
239 jobs620
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Most common benefits for Registered Nurses

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Housing stipend
  • License reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Loan repayment program
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 4,450 ratings

63% of Registered Nurses in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Registered Nurse - Operating Room

29,484 job openings

Average $45.80 per hour

Registered Nurse - Medical/Surgical

565,769 job openings

Average $2,048 per week

Registered Nurse - Home Health

43,685 job openings

Average $38.53 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Registered Nurse

What kind of nurses get paid the most?

A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is one of the highest-paid nursing specialties. Registered nurses need additional certification in order to pursue this career path.

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What kind of nurses get paid the least?

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have the least education requirements among nurses and therefore tend to make lower incomes than other nursing specialties. LVNs and LPNs can increase their income by getting an associate degree or a bachelor's degree in nursing.

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How much does a registered nurse make after 5 years?

A registered nurse with 5 years of experience will make $35.93 per hour on average in the U.S.

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