How much does a Registered Nurse make?

Updated Nov 29, 2023

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Total Pay Range
$81K - $121K/yr
Base Pay
$77K - $115K/yr
Additional Pay
$4K - $7K/yr

$99K

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$81K$121K
Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Registered Nurse is $98,953 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $94,112 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $4,841 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $81K-$121K/yr?

Total Pay Trajectory

For Registered Nurse

$98,953 /yr
Registered Nurse
$121,482 /yr
Senior Registered Nurse
$114,915 /yr
Adjunct Registered Nurse
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What is the total pay trajectory for Registered Nurse?

Job TitleSalary
Registered Nurse$98,953 /yr
Senior Registered Nurse$121,482 /yr
Adjunct Registered Nurse$114,915 /yr

Top Paying Companies

For a Registered Nurse in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Registered Nurse in United States. Employers include Google, Apple and Sutter.

1
Google
Google
$126,678/yr
1K open jobs
2
Apple
$123,718/yr
3
Sutter
$117,352/yr
5
AccessNurse
$114,871/yr
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Top Paying Companies

For Registered Nurse in United States

1Google$126,678
2Apple$123,718
3Sutter$117,352
4GQR Global Markets$114,986
5AccessNurse$114,871
6DeVore Recruiting$114,398
7WhiteCap Search$113,718
8Takeda Pharmaceuticals$113,184
9AMN Healthcare$112,738
10NuWest Group$112,735
Total Pay Trajectory

For Registered Nurse

$98,953 /yr
Registered Nurse
$121,482 /yr
Senior Registered Nurse
$114,915 /yr
Adjunct Registered Nurse
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What is the total pay trajectory for Registered Nurse?

Job TitleSalary
Registered Nurse$98,953 /yr
Senior Registered Nurse$121,482 /yr
Adjunct Registered Nurse$114,915 /yr

What are total pay estimates for a Registered Nurse at different companies?

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DaVita
3.4
Registered NurseSee 2,107 salaries from all locations

$90,728

 / yr
HCA Healthcare
3.3
Registered NurseSee 2,006 salaries from all locations

$39

 / hr
connectRN
3.1
Registered NurseSee 1,709 salaries from all locations

$38

 / hr
Ascension
3.4
Registered NurseSee 1,522 salaries from all locations

$39

 / hr
Kaiser Permanente
3.9
Registered NurseSee 1,278 salaries from all locations

$48

 / hr
All American Healthcare
2.9
Registered NurseSee 1,248 salaries from all locations

$39

 / hr
Cross Country Nurses
3.8
Registered NurseSee 1,119 salaries from all locations

$108,450

 / yr

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Banner Health
3.3
Registered NurseSee 1,058 salaries from all locations

$41

 / hr
Providence
3.6
Registered NurseSee 983 salaries from all locations

$46

 / hr
US Department of Veterans Affairs
3.7
Registered NurseSee 899 salaries from all locations

$87,682

 / yr
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
3.9
Registered NurseSee 852 salaries from all locations

$91,909

 / yr
Northside Hospital
4.3
Registered NurseSee 816 salaries from all locations

$39

 / hr
Baylor Scott & White Health
3.8
Registered NurseSee 797 salaries from all locations

$42

 / hr
Aveanna Healthcare
3.6
Registered NurseSee 789 salaries from all locations

$85,614

 / yr
Aya Healthcare
4.3
Registered NurseSee 783 salaries from all locations

$53

 / hr
Advocate Aurora Health
3.7
Registered NurseSee 774 salaries from all locations

$40

 / hr
CareerStaff Unlimited
3.1
Registered NurseSee 744 salaries from all locations

$7,387

 / mo
Northwell Health
3.9
Registered NurseSee 738 salaries from all locations

$94,898

 / yr
UPMC
3.3
Registered NurseSee 723 salaries from all locations

$42

 / hr
Encompass Health
3.6
Registered NurseSee 721 salaries from all locations

$40

 / hr
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Registered Nurse Salaries

Job TitleSalary
DaVita Registered Nurse salaries - 2,107 salaries reported$90,728/yr
HCA Healthcare Registered Nurse salaries - 2,006 salaries reported$39/hr
connectRN Registered Nurse salaries - 1,709 salaries reported$38/hr
Ascension Registered Nurse salaries - 1,522 salaries reported$39/hr
Kaiser Permanente Registered Nurse salaries - 1,278 salaries reported$48/hr
All American Healthcare Registered Nurse salaries - 1,248 salaries reported$39/hr
Cross Country Nurses Registered Nurse salaries - 1,119 salaries reported$108,450/yr
Banner Health Registered Nurse salaries - 1,058 salaries reported$41/hr
Providence Registered Nurse salaries - 983 salaries reported$46/hr
US Department of Veterans Affairs Registered Nurse salaries - 899 salaries reported$87,682/yr
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Registered Nurse salaries - 852 salaries reported$91,909/yr
Northside Hospital Registered Nurse salaries - 816 salaries reported$39/hr
Baylor Scott & White Health Registered Nurse salaries - 797 salaries reported$42/hr
Aveanna Healthcare Registered Nurse salaries - 789 salaries reported$85,614/yr
Aya Healthcare Registered Nurse salaries - 783 salaries reported$53/hr
Advocate Aurora Health Registered Nurse salaries - 774 salaries reported$40/hr
CareerStaff Unlimited Registered Nurse salaries - 744 salaries reported$7,387/mo
Northwell Health Registered Nurse salaries - 738 salaries reported$94,898/yr
UPMC Registered Nurse salaries - 723 salaries reported$42/hr
Encompass Health Registered Nurse salaries - 721 salaries reported$40/hr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Registered Nurse in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Registered Nurse in United States are Human Resources & Staffing with a median total pay of $103,489, Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $102,794, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $101,662, Telecommunications with a median total pay of $93,864, and Transportation & Logistics with a median total pay of $92,410.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Human Resources & StaffingHuman Resources & Staffing$103,489

    18% Higher than other industries

  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$102,794

    18% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$101,662

    17% Higher than other industries

  • TelecommunicationsTelecommunications$93,864

    10% Higher than other industries

  • Transportation & LogisticsTransportation & Logistics$92,410

    9% Higher than other industries

Human Resources & Staffing

Top paying companies in Human Resources & Staffing for Registered Nurse are GQR Global Markets, AccessNurse, and DeVore Recruiting.

GQR Global MarketsGQR Global Markets$114,986/yr
AccessNurseAccessNurse$114,871/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Healthcare?

Healthcare jobs, already in high demand, are expected to grow extensively to meet the increased need from an aging population. Careers in this industry are diverse, though most require additional training and pay above-average wages. Despite fewer opportunities for remote work than other professions, healthcare jobs can be found nearly everywhere, including both rural and urban settings. While careers in healthcare offer high job security, they also often involve long hours, including evening and weekend shift work, particularly for those just starting their career.

Registered Nurse pay FAQ

The average salary for a Registered Nurse is $98,953 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 169482 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Registered Nurse employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Registered Nurse in United States is $121,289 per year.

The lowest salary for a Registered Nurse in United States is $80,978 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Registered Nurse or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Registered Nurse.

Registered nurses (RN) earn higher pay than other nursing positions such as licensed practical nurses (LPN) or certified nursing assistants (CNA). Registered nurses employed by the government, hospitals or ambulatory health services typically earn slightly more than those employed by residential care facilities or educational institutions. As the aging and chronically ill American population drives up demand for registered nurses, pay is expected to rise.

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About 68% of registered nurses say they're satisfied with their pay in anonymous employee ratings on Glassdoor. You'll have the opportunity to earn an extra $4,840.94 on top of your salary in this career with overtime, weekend, night, and holiday shifts, as well as through profit-sharing programs.

Many registered nurses earn close to an average of $94,112.21. Over the course of your career as an RN, you can expect your compensation to increase from about $67,645.11 to $145,463.95. You can increase your registered nurse salary with additional degrees, such as a bachelor's of science in nursing or a master's degree, to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Earning a master's degree qualifies you for top-tier registered nursing salaries, particularly if you specialize as a nurse anesthetist or nurse practitioner. Certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists can also practice after earning an advanced degree.

If you're not ready to head back to the books, you can earn higher than the average salary for a registered nurse by looking for government roles, which tend to pay the most, followed by nursing positions in hospitals. You can also look for experience in high-paying units such as the ICU, neonatal intensive care, and psychiatry.

When negotiating a registered nurse salary, emphasize your related experience and certification as value-adds for the practice. Because nursing is an expansive profession with a wide salary range, come to the conversation with an understanding of how your specific education and clinical time affect how much you can expect to make. You might say something like, "I understand that nurses in this city earn an average of XYZ with three years of NICU experience, and I'd like to request an increase of X% based on the on-call and overnight shift requirements of this position."

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