Registered nurses

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Total Workforce
3.3M
Average Age
43.7
Average Salary
$65,754
Average Male Salary
$76,273
Average Female Salary
$64,351

About

Registered nurses are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Registered nurses was $65,754 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Registered nurses by wage are Boilermakers, Social & community service managers, and Mining machine operators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Registered nurses are Severn, Odenton, Crofton, Maryland City & Fort Meade PUMA, MD, Wright County PUMA, MN, and Dane County (West) PUMA, WI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Registered nurses are Wright County PUMA, MN, Hempstead Town (West Central) PUMA, NY, and Roselle Park Borough PUMA, NJ.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Registered nurses and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Registered nurses, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Registered nurses, by average wage, is Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing. Registered nurses are paid most in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Wright County PUMA, MN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$65,754
AVERAGE SALARY
± $536

In 2018, Registered nurses earned an average of $65,754, $11,865 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Mining machine operators make somewhat more than Registered nurses while Boilermakers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Registered nurses as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.28
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Registered nurses had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.28, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Registered nurses (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Registered nurses.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Registered nurses

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Registered nurses.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

3.3M
2018 Workforce
± 44,082
2.4%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.86%

The number of people employed as Registered nurses has been growing at a rate of 2.4%, from 3,219,086 people in 2017 to 3,296,499 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Registered nurses employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Registered nurses at  63.4%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 7.05% and Outpatient care centers with 5.46%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Registered nurses in the US. The average age of male Registered nurses in the workforce is 42.6 and of female Registered nurses is 43.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Registered nurses is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

388k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 15,271
2.91M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 41,462

88.2% of Registered nurses are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Registered nurses.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Registered nurses
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

69.1% of Registered nurses are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.8% of Registered nurses, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Registered nurses.

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Age by Gender

42.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.488
43.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.187

The median age of Registered nurses is 43.7, and Male employees are generally 1.27 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Registered nurses from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Registered nurses is Health but a relatively high number of Registered nurses hold a major in Health.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Registered nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Registered nurses need more than the average amount of Science, Social Perceptiveness, and Service Orientation.

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