Registered nurses

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2019 Workforce
3.36M
Average Age
43.5
Estimated Job Growth
7.17%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$67,119
Average Male Salary
$78,472
Average Female Salary
$65,574

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 Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Registered nurses are paid most in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Saline County PUMA, AR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$67,119
AVERAGE SALARY
± $552

In 2019, Registered nurses earned an average of $67,119, $11,595 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Geological & petroleum technicians, & nuclear technicians make somewhat more than Registered nurses while Firstline supervisors of mechanics, installers, & repairers 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

0.286
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Registered nurses had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.286, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

3.36M
2019 Workforce
± 44,472
1.79%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.85%

The number of people employed as Registered nurses has been growing at a rate of 1.79%, from 3,296,499 people in 2018 to 3,355,359 people in 2019.

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  61%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 6.77% and Outpatient care centers with 5.91%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Registered nurses in the US. The average age of male Registered nurses in the workforce is 41.6 and of female Registered nurses is 43.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Registered nurses is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

402k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 15,546
2.95M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 41,780

88% 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)

68.4% of Registered nurses are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.6% 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

41.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.474
43.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.187

The median age of Registered nurses is 43.5, and Male employees are generally 2.1 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 degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree 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 Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Registered nurses need more than the average amount of Science, Operations Analysis, and Service Orientation.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Registered Nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Registered Nurses are expected to see a growth of 7.17% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

7.17%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Registered Nurses. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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