How much does a Registered Nurse make in the United States?
Average base salaryData source tooltip for average base salary.
The average salary for a registered nurse is $36.66 per hour in the United States and $11,250 overtime per year.
Salaries by years of experience in the United States
Best-paid skills and qualifications for registered nurses
Infection Control Certification
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 $36.66 per hour.
|Year||Number of job openings on Indeed requiring this certification||Change from previous year|
|2012||366||increase by 366|
|2013||1493||increase by 307.92%|
|2014||1767||increase by 18.35%|
|2015||1812||increase by 2.55%|
|2016||1206||decrease by 33.44%|
|2017||434||decrease by 64.01%|
|2018||347||decrease by 20.05%|
|2019||1787||increase by 414.99%|
Top companies hiring registered nurses with the recommended certification
More critical skills and qualifications that pay well
|Top field of study|
Public Health Degree
Physician Assistant License
63% of Registered nurses in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.