Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
2,311,970 0.6 % $26.06 $54,210 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.93 $20.85 $25.16 $30.46 $35.94
Annual Wage (2) $37,300 $43,370 $52,330 $63,360 $74,760

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 1,325,550 $26.54 $55,200
Offices of physicians 205,300 $25.25 $52,510
Nursing care facilities 119,860 $23.70 $49,300
Home health care services 114,870 $24.91 $51,810
Employment services 75,430 $30.55 $63,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other professional and technical services 150 $33.58 $69,840
Legal services 330 $31.52 $65,560
Federal government (OES designation) 48,490 $31.14 $64,780
Employment services 75,430 $30.55 $63,550
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses 140 $29.89 $62,170

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 8,960 $21.83 $45,410 2.434%
Massachusetts 75,060 $30.05 $62,490 2.401%
Mississippi 25,800 $22.44 $46,680 2.355%
West Virginia 15,380 $22.54 $46,890 2.245%
Maine 13,340 $24.49 $50,940 2.242%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 223,170 $32.17 $66,920 1.535%
Maryland 48,630 $31.12 $64,720 1.978%
Massachusetts 75,060 $30.05 $62,490 2.401%
Hawaii 7,960 $29.29 $60,920 1.409%
New York 165,800 $29.17 $60,680 2.010%

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 5,350 $28.80 $59,900 6.120%
Cumberland, MD-WV MSA 1,400 $22.39 $46,580 3.845%
Alexandria, LA MSA 2,070 $22.21 $46,200 3.725%
Jackson, TN MSA 2,040 $20.37 $42,370 3.547%
Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR MSA 1,830 $24.03 $49,980 3.490%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 12,920 $40.06 $83,320 1.521%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 14,870 $38.15 $79,350 1.560%
Oakland, CA PMSA 17,150 $37.39 $77,770 1.706%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 1,460 $36.42 $75,750 1.630%
Modesto, CA MSA 3,110 $34.88 $72,550 1.935%

About May 2004 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.

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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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