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Nurses are in high demand as baby boomers continue to age, which means there’s a greater demand for nurses in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Due to the increasing demand for qualified nursing professionals, it’s no surprise that nursing salaries have continued to rise over the last few decades. Many employers throughout the United States are eager to attract qualified nurses to their facilities and are offering competitive compensation packages and relocation assistance. Let’s explore some of the most attractive states for Nurses in the U.S.

Here are the top ten states for annual nursing salaries as follows, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data for 2017:

  1. California: $102,700
  2. Hawaii: $96,990
  3. District of Columbia: $90,110
  4. Massachusetts: $89,330
  5. Oregon: $88,770
  6. Alaska: $87,510
  7. Nevada: $84,980
  8. New York: $83,450
  9. New Jersey: $82,010
  10. Connecticut: $80,200

Travel Nurse Salaries

One option is to explore opportunities within the realm of travel nursing. Traveling nurses can earn outstanding wages. Competitive salaries, along with free housing and benefits, surpass the median annual income for nurses who work in facilities, according to

The average salary for a travel nurse is $91,514. The five highest-paying states for traveling RNs are California, Alaska, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts.

This is an exciting time to be a nursing professional and adventure awaits! Whether you choose to work in a hospital as a staff nurse or take a three-month traveling assignment in beautiful Hawaii, the possibilities are endless. The U.S. nursing salary trends are definitely looking up!

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Sherry Afshar

Sherry Afshar is a Registered Nurse with 25 years of experience in the field of Nursing. She graduated from the Grossmont College Nursing Program in El Cajon, California with an Associate of Science Degree in 1993. She began work in the Intensive Care Unit right out of school as a new graduate nurse and has worked within most areas of acute care, critical care, and inpatient nursing. Sherry eventually transitioned to Home Health, Case Management, Utilization Review, and Disease/Care manager roles, and currently works as a Remote/Telecommute Clinical Reviewer Nurse from her home in Sunny Clearwater, Florida.
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