Registered nurse

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How much does a Registered Nurse make in California?

7,017 salaries reported
Average base salary
per hour
The average salary for a registered nurse is $55.66 per hour in California and $16,250 overtime per year.
65% higher
than national average
Additional compensation
per year
Most common benefits
  • Health insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance

Where can a Registered Nurse earn more?

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Most common benefits for Registered Nurses

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Parental leave
  • Referral program
  • Commuter assistance
  • Food provided

Salary satisfaction


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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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What are the different types of registered nurses?

Registered nurses can be classified by:

  • Degree: associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). Nurses who have a BSN are in most demand. 
  • Specialty: Emergency Room, oncology, intensive care, psychiatry, telemetry, labor and delivery, etc. Prior experience or a certification in a specialty can help become more competitive. 
  • Setting: Hospitals, schools, clinics, insurance companies, medical sales, universities, research labs etc. There are both clinical and non-clinical opportunities for nurses. 

Type of patient: All ages, children, elderly, women, families, etc.

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How can registered nurses increase their salary?

To increase your salary as a registered nurse, consider the following options:

  • Shifts with differentials: They are often included in Float pools, PRN, overnight shifts, weekends, and holidays.
  • Leadership Roles: They require supervisory and/or managerial tasks in addition to regular responsibilities.
  • Higher Education: Advanced Practice Nurses or nurses with a Master’s Degree or Doctorate tend to be the highest earners. Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners fall in this bucket.
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