Nurses serve on the front lines of health care. Their work is tough, but fortunately it’s well-compensated. And if you are considering a career as a nurse, the good news is that the industry is growing rapidly.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are more than 2.9 million registered nurses across the country, pulling down an average annual salary of $73,550 per year. But the number varies greatly depending on where the nurse practices — and so does the cost of living in those places.
Here’s what nurses earn in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, ranked from lowest to highest.