Nurse Jobs: Highest Paying States, Cities, Industries in USA

What are the highest-paid states, cities, and industries for nurses in the US?

How much you earn as a nurse depends on where you work, what degree you have (master’s-prepared nurses often earn far more than BSN-prepared nurses), and what industry you work in.

Here below are the states, cities, and industries that pay well for nursing jobs.

Highest Paying States for Nurses 

StateHourly Pay Annual Salary 
District of Columbia$47.38$98,540

Source: BLS

Highest Paying Cities for Nurses

CityHourly Pay Annual Salary 
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$74.63$155,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA$72.90$151,640
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA$70.37$146,360
Santa Rosa, CA$68.00$141,440
Napa, CA$67.15$139,680

Source: BLS

Highest Paying Industries for Nurses

IndustryHourly Pay Annual Salary 
Nonscheduled Air Transportation$54.15$112,630
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing$50.61$105,270
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $48.67$101,240
Federal Executive Branch $46.93$97,600
Office Administration Services$46.46$96,630

Source: BLS