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  • The highest paying metros for nurses
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    The highest paying metros for nurses

    The unsung heroes of medicine, there are few professions where individuals can have such a profound impact on the lives of others. From an innate interest in medicine to a yearning to help others, there are countless reasons to become a registered nurse (RN), and though there are over 3 million nurses across the country, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) actually projects a labor shortage over the coming years.

    Still, even in an industry ripe with career opportunity, it's important to consider where you work, as average pay for nurses can vary by tens of thousands of dollars from city to city. So where are the most lucrative spots for nurses? Stacker analyzed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational wage estimates report from May 2017 to determine which metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) offer the highest annual median wage for their workers. The data specifically accounted for the occupation of “Registered Nurses” in the MSAs.

    From sunny California towns to east coast havens, read on for the 50 highest paying metros for nurses.

  • #50. Grants Pass, OR
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    #50. Grants Pass, OR

    Median annual wage: $80,840
    75th-percentile annual wage: $95,980
    90th-percentile annual wage: $111,370
    Total employed: 430

  • #49. Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI
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    #49. Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

    Median annual wage: $80,890
    75th-percentile annual wage: $94,350
    90th-percentile annual wage: $102,390
    Total employed: 2,360

  • #48. Carson City, NV
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    #48. Carson City, NV

    Median annual wage: $81,470
    75th-percentile annual wage: $94,000
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,850
    Total employed: 800

  • #47. New Haven, CT
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    #47. New Haven, CT

    Median annual wage: $82,200
    75th-percentile annual wage: $96,460
    90th-percentile annual wage: $104,790
    Total employed: 8,050

  • #46. Philadelphia, PA
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    #46. Philadelphia, PA

    Median annual wage: $82,400
    75th-percentile annual wage: $97,100
    90th-percentile annual wage: $108,420
    Total employed: 30,900

  • #45. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
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    #45. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

    Median annual wage: $82,530
    75th-percentile annual wage: $95,120
    90th-percentile annual wage: $102,940
    Total employed: 39,290

  • #44. Pittsfield, MA
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    #44. Pittsfield, MA

    Median annual wage: $82,660
    75th-percentile annual wage: $102,360
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,780
    Total employed: 1,240

  • #43. Fairbanks, AK
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    #43. Fairbanks, AK

    Median annual wage: $82,740
    75th-percentile annual wage: $95,070
    90th-percentile annual wage: $102,400
    Total employed: 690

  • #42. Tacoma-Lakewood, WA
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    #42. Tacoma-Lakewood, WA

    Median annual wage: $82,800
    75th-percentile annual wage: $104,560
    90th-percentile annual wage: $121,170
    Total employed: 7,790

  • #41. Medford, OR
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    #41. Medford, OR

    Median annual wage: $83,600
    75th-percentile annual wage: $97,420
    90th-percentile annual wage: $111,000
    Total employed: 2,000

  • #40. Newark, NJ-PA
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    #40. Newark, NJ-PA

    Median annual wage: $83,950
    75th-percentile annual wage: $97,520
    90th-percentile annual wage: $108,830
    Total employed: 22,350

  • #39. Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
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    #39. Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $84,340
    75th-percentile annual wage: $103,830
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,110
    Total employed: 1,040

  • #38. Chico, CA
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    #38. Chico, CA

    Median annual wage: $84,550
    75th-percentile annual wage: $96,630
    90th-percentile annual wage: $104,060
    Total employed: N/A

  • #37. Salem, OR
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    #37. Salem, OR

    Median annual wage: $84,830
    75th-percentile annual wage: $97,960
    90th-percentile annual wage: $112,150
    Total employed: 3,190

  • #36. Anchorage, AK
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    #36. Anchorage, AK

    Median annual wage: $85,370
    75th-percentile annual wage: $103,410
    90th-percentile annual wage: $121,070
    Total employed: 3,650

  • #35. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV
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    #35. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

    Median annual wage: $87,410
    75th-percentile annual wage: $99,600
    90th-percentile annual wage: $113,120
    Total employed: 15,620

  • #34. Visalia-Porterville, CA
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    #34. Visalia-Porterville, CA

    Median annual wage: $87,820
    75th-percentile annual wage: $100,150
    90th-percentile annual wage: $114,830
    Total employed: 2,230

  • #33. Eugene, OR
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    #33. Eugene, OR

    Median annual wage: $88,250
    75th-percentile annual wage: $102,000
    90th-percentile annual wage: $118,470
    Total employed: 2,900

  • #32. Corvallis, OR
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    #32. Corvallis, OR

    Median annual wage: $88,530
    75th-percentile annual wage: $100,050
    90th-percentile annual wage: $113,800
    Total employed: 840

  • #31. El Centro, CA
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    #31. El Centro, CA

    Median annual wage: $88,660
    75th-percentile annual wage: $100,930
    90th-percentile annual wage: $113,330
    Total employed: 880

  • #30. Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA
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    #30. Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

    Median annual wage: $88,820
    75th-percentile annual wage: $105,320
    90th-percentile annual wage: $123,990
    Total employed: 22,920

  • #29. Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY
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    #29. Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

    Median annual wage: $90,060
    75th-percentile annual wage: $102,220
    90th-percentile annual wage: $119,660
    Total employed: 28,600

  • #28. Fresno, CA
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    #28. Fresno, CA

    Median annual wage: $90,770
    75th-percentile annual wage: $108,690
    90th-percentile annual wage: $124,450
    Total employed: 7,560

  • #27. Bakersfield, CA
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    #27. Bakersfield, CA

    Median annual wage: $90,870
    75th-percentile annual wage: $106,610
    90th-percentile annual wage: $122,300
    Total employed: 5,340

  • #26. Danbury, CT
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    #26. Danbury, CT

    Median annual wage: $91,210
    75th-percentile annual wage: $104,850
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,470
    Total employed: 1,480

  • #25. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ
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    #25. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

    Median annual wage: $91,260
    75th-percentile annual wage: $104,200
    90th-percentile annual wage: $122,340
    Total employed: 122,780

  • #24. Bend-Redmond, OR
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    #24. Bend-Redmond, OR

    Median annual wage: $91,600
    75th-percentile annual wage: $102,800
    90th-percentile annual wage: $119,080
    Total employed: 1,750

  • #23. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
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    #23. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

    Median annual wage: $92,010
    75th-percentile annual wage: $104,350
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,670
    Total employed: 22,500

  • #22. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI
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    #22. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

    Median annual wage: $93,640
    75th-percentile annual wage: $104,810
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,480
    Total employed: 710

  • #21. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division
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    #21. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $93,760
    75th-percentile annual wage: $121,670
    90th-percentile annual wage: $146,520
    Total employed: 43,150

  • #20. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
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    #20. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

    Median annual wage: $94,180
    75th-percentile annual wage: $111,550
    90th-percentile annual wage: $128,410
    Total employed: 23,100

  • #19. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
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    #19. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

    Median annual wage: $95,100
    75th-percentile annual wage: $114,390
    90th-percentile annual wage: $131,880
    Total employed: 27,720

  • #18. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA
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    #18. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

    Median annual wage: $95,960
    75th-percentile annual wage: $117,230
    90th-percentile annual wage: $131,560
    Total employed: 79,420

  • #17. Redding, CA
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    #17. Redding, CA

    Median annual wage: $97,970
    75th-percentile annual wage: $115,940
    90th-percentile annual wage: $127,500
    Total employed: 1,720

  • #16. Merced, CA
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    #16. Merced, CA

    Median annual wage: $98,780
    75th-percentile annual wage: $128,210
    90th-percentile annual wage: $153,930
    Total employed: 860

  • #15. San Rafael, CA
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    #15. San Rafael, CA

    Median annual wage: $98,960
    75th-percentile annual wage: $118,660
    90th-percentile annual wage: $131,520
    Total employed: 1,760

  • #14. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
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    #14. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

    Median annual wage: $99,040
    75th-percentile annual wage: $117,870
    90th-percentile annual wage: $134,750
    Total employed: 3,050

  • #13. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
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    #13. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

    Median annual wage: $103,350
    75th-percentile annual wage: $117,390
    90th-percentile annual wage: $127,350
    Total employed: 1,790

  • #12. Modesto, CA
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    #12. Modesto, CA

    Median annual wage: $104,600
    75th-percentile annual wage: $128,130
    90th-percentile annual wage: $152,990
    Total employed: 4,140

  • #11. Urban Honolulu, HI
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    #11. Urban Honolulu, HI

    Median annual wage: $104,920
    75th-percentile annual wage: $118,850
    90th-percentile annual wage: $127,250
    Total employed: 8,480

  • #10. Stockton-Lodi, CA
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    #10. Stockton-Lodi, CA

    Median annual wage: $111,300
    75th-percentile annual wage: $126,160
    90th-percentile annual wage: $141,990
    Total employed: 4,270

  • #9. Santa Rosa, CA
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    #9. Santa Rosa, CA

    Median annual wage: $112,730
    75th-percentile annual wage: $134,170
    90th-percentile annual wage: $158,420
    Total employed: 3,170

  • #8. Napa, CA
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    #8. Napa, CA

    Median annual wage: $115,380
    75th-percentile annual wage: $126,440
    90th-percentile annual wage: $137,400
    Total employed: 1,430

  • #7. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA
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    #7. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

    Median annual wage: $117,550
    75th-percentile annual wage: $145,250
    90th-percentile annual wage: $163,940
    Total employed: 19,550

  • #6. Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
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    #6. Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

    Median annual wage: $120,510
    75th-percentile annual wage: $143,570
    90th-percentile annual wage: $160,840
    Total employed: 18,240

  • #5. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
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    #5. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

    Median annual wage: $121,930
    75th-percentile annual wage: $148,280
    90th-percentile annual wage: $164,780
    Total employed: 3,170

  • #4. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
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    #4. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

    Median annual wage: $133,670
    75th-percentile annual wage: $155,610
    90th-percentile annual wage: $175,450
    Total employed: 1,520

  • #3. Salinas, CA
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    #3. Salinas, CA

    Median annual wage: $134,300
    75th-percentile annual wage: $155,550
    90th-percentile annual wage: $175,490
    Total employed: 2,470

  • #2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
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    #2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

    Median annual wage: $139,010
    75th-percentile annual wage: $157,270
    90th-percentile annual wage: $168,740
    Total employed: 15,990

  • #1. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA
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    #1. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

    Median annual wage: $144,830
    75th-percentile annual wage: $161,340
    90th-percentile annual wage: $182,500
    Total employed: 14,170

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