Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

29-1111 Registered Nurses

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Include advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,246,430 0.6 % $24.63 $51,230 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.97 $19.77 $23.82 $28.41 $34.24
Annual Wage (2) $35,290 $41,130 $49,550 $59,090 $71,210

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,295,870 $25.02 $52,050 1 24
Offices of physicians 194,230 $23.93 $49,770 2 34
Nursing care facilities 121,000 $22.44 $46,670 3 61
Home health care services 114,430 $23.86 $49,630 4 36
Employment services 70,400 $28.25 $58,770 5 2

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 46,340 $29.80 $61,990 8 1
Employment services 70,400 $28.25 $58,770 5 2
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 250 $27.57 $57,350 46 3
Activities related to credit intermediation 150 $27.38 $56,940 49 4
Basic chemical manufacturing 140 $27.13 $56,420 53 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 75,730 $27.72 $57,650 2.386% 150
West Virginia 16,150 $21.05 $43,780 2.370% 146
South Dakota 8,120 $19.62 $40,800 2.291% 114
Rhode Island 10,840 $25.54 $53,130 2.287% 128
Mississippi 24,040 $21.15 $43,990 2.214% 134

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 206,280 $29.94 $62,270 1.421% 162
Maryland 47,460 $29.77 $61,920 1.942% 105
Hawaii 7,560 $28.12 $58,490 1.367% 79
New York 166,290 $27.84 $57,900 2.013% 175
Massachusetts 75,730 $27.72 $57,650 2.386% 150

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rochester, MN MSA 9,020 $26.54 $55,210 9.240%
Alexandria, LA MSA 1,980 $21.41 $44,530 3.642%
Jackson, TN MSA 2,060 $19.58 $40,720 3.639%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 5,260 $21.25 $44,200 3.233%
Jackson, MS MSA 6,770 $21.19 $44,080 3.223%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 11,860 $35.89 $74,660 1.351%
Oakland, CA PMSA 16,030 $35.25 $73,330 1.576%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 14,430 $35.24 $73,300 1.479%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 2,210 $32.04 $66,650 1.249%
New York, NY PMSA 83,040 $31.75 $66,040 2.088%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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