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Registered Nurse salary in California

How much does a Registered Nurse make in California?

Average base salary

$48.02
arrow up16%
above national average

Most common benefits

Overtime
$16,250per year
Others
401(k)
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The average salary for a registered nurse is $48.02 per hour in California and $16,250 overtime per year.17.6k salaries reported, updated at May 17, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in California

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Registered Nurses in California

  1. Covelo Group
    3.6star
    200 reviews18 salaries reported
    $77.19per hour
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Highest paying cities for Registered Nurses in California

  1. San Francisco, CA
    $59.25 per hour
    367 salaries reported
  2. San Jose, CA
    $50.95 per hour
    249 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $50.16 per hour
    757 salaries reported
  1. Sacramento, CA
    $48.62 per hour
    477 salaries reported
  2. Riverside, CA
    $48.60 per hour
    170 salaries reported
  3. San Diego, CA
    $47.15 per hour
    746 salaries reported
  1. Fresno, CA
    $46.80 per hour
    116 salaries reported
  2. Modesto, CA
    $46.59 per hour
    74 salaries reported
  3. Long Beach, CA
    $45.38 per hour
    130 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 license

LMSWearn +32.81% more

The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 19.61% since 2018. Registered Nurses with this license earn +32.81% more than the average base salary, which is $48.02 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
201256increase by 56
2013108increase by 92.86%
2014277increase by 156.48%
2015566increase by 104.33%
2016503decrease by 11.13%
2017148decrease by 70.58%
2018153increase by 3.38%
2019123decrease by 19.61%

Top companies hiring Registered Nurses on Indeed

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
Hopewell Health INC
City and County of San Francisco
Passport Health
San Francisco VA Medical Center
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Top skills
ICD Coding
+14.59%salary
Top certifications
Infection Control Certification
+39.73%salary
Top fields of study
Public Health Degree
+56.22%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 California?

Registered Nurse - Operating Room

3,212 job openings

Average $85.03 per hour

Registered Nurse - Medical/Surgical

44,416 job openings

Average $2,802 per week

Registered Nurse - Emergency Room

3,761 job openings

Average $3,066 per week

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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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