Registered nurses

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Total Workforce

3.22M

Average Age

43.9

Estimated Job Growth

14.8%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$63,947

Average Male Salary

$73,546

Average Female Salary

$62,748

About

Registered nurses are most often employed by the Hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Registered nurses was $63,947 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Registered nurses by wage are Fundraisers, Compensation, benefits, & job analysis specialists, and Firstline supervisors of mechanics, installers, & repairers.

Registered nurses are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physicians & surgeons, Physician assistants, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Radiation therapists, Recreational therapists, Respiratory therapists, Speechlanguage pathologists, Other therapists, including exercise physiologists, Veterinarians, Registered nurses, Nurse anesthetists, Audiologists, Health diagnosing & treating practitioners, all other, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians, Dental hygienists, Diagnostic related technologists & technicians, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, Health practitioner support technologists & technicians, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Medical records & health information technicians, Opticians, dispensing, Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Registered nurses are Rochester City PUMA, MN, Maine, Norwood Park Townships & Chicago CityEdison Park PUMA, IL, and Canarsie & Flatlands PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Registered nurses are Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR, Carr 2-Carr 129 PUMA, PR, and Albuquerque City (Southeast Heights) PUMA, NM.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Registered nurses and on wages and locations for those in the field. 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 U. S. Air Force. Registered nurses are paid most in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$63,947

AVERAGE SALARY

± $507

In 2017, Registered nurses earned an average of $63,947, $11,882 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Firstline supervisors of mechanics, installers, & repairers make somewhat more than Registered nurses while Fundraisers 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

0.278

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Registered nurses had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.278, 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

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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Registered nurses, by number of employees, are Hospitals, Nursing Care Facilities, and Outpatient care centers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Registered nurses, by average wage, are U. S. Air Force, Administration of economic programs & space research, and Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

3.22M

2017 Workforce

± 43,567

2.08%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.88%

The number of people employed as Registered nurses has been growing at a rate of 2.08%, from 3,153,401 people in 2016 to 3,219,086 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Registered nurses employed by various industries. Hospitals employs the largest share of Registered nurses at  64.3%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 6.82% and Outpatient care centers with 5.26%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Registered nurses in the US. The average age of male Registered nurses in the workforce is 42.4 and of female Registered nurses is 44.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Registered nurses is White.

Gender Composition

357k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 14,660

2.86M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 41,128

88.9% 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

  2. Black

  3. Asian

75.6% of Registered nurses are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.8% of Registered nurses, Black 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

42.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.495

44.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.188

The median age of Registered nurses is 43.9, and Male employees are generally 1.76 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.

MOST COMMON MAJORS

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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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Registered nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Registered nurses are expected to see a growth of 14.8% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

14.8%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Registered nurses. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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