Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
2,280,170 0.6 % $25.39 $52,810 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.51 $20.32 $24.53 $29.41 $35.11
Annual Wage (2) $36,420 $42,260 $51,020 $61,170 $73,020

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,314,520 $25.86 $53,790
Offices of physicians 199,040 $24.71 $51,390
Nursing care facilities 120,130 $22.97 $47,770
Home health care services 114,960 $24.29 $50,530
Employment services 72,460 $28.94 $60,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other professional and technical services (7) $30.58 $63,600
Federal government (OES designation) 47,580 $30.07 $62,540
Employment services 72,460 $28.94 $60,180
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses 130 $28.67 $59,620
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 190 $28.17 $58,580

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
South Dakota 8,840 $21.32 $44,340 2.422%
Massachusetts 75,770 $28.79 $59,890 2.420%
West Virginia 16,370 $21.37 $44,450 2.407%
Mississippi 24,840 $21.92 $45,590 2.280%
Rhode Island 10,480 $26.09 $54,260 2.196%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 213,630 $31.30 $65,100 1.477%
Maryland 47,050 $30.32 $63,070 1.922%
Massachusetts 75,770 $28.79 $59,890 2.420%
Hawaii 7,860 $28.64 $59,570 1.410%
New York 163,710 $28.54 $59,370 1.988%

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 $27.01 $56,180 9.140%
Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR MSA 1,890 $23.79 $49,480 3.680%
Jackson, TN MSA 2,070 $19.91 $41,410 3.655%
Alexandria, LA MSA 1,960 $21.85 $45,440 3.603%
Jackson, MS MSA 7,220 $22.48 $46,760 3.372%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 12,300 $38.25 $79,560 1.439%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 14,470 $37.26 $77,510 1.502%
Oakland, CA PMSA 16,370 $37.05 $77,070 1.632%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 1,400 $34.04 $70,800 1.551%
Modesto, CA MSA 2,930 $33.56 $69,800 1.835%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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