California ranks as the top state for RN salaries

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Do you live and work in California? If so, according to, you’re lucky! Not only does California hold the title of having the top paying city in the country for RNs (the Vallejo-Fairfield metro area), but every city in the top 10 is in the Golden State. So just how good is it? RNs in the Vallejo-Fairfield metro area earn (on average) $119,000, with a cost of living around $71,000. Nice!

It’s not just California that’s getting love on the West Coast–seven out of the top 10 states for RNs are in that region of the country: Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, California, Arizona and New Mexico. The last three? Not too far West–Texas, Minnesota and Illinois. Sorry, East Coast!

Check out this handy breakdown of top pay across the country:

The best nurse salaries in the USA

Infographic source: EasyNCLEX Exam Prep

Where do YOU fit into this list? Are you one of the lucky California RNs? Hit up the comments and fill us in on your situation.



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2 Responses to California ranks as the top state for RN salaries

  1. njtex99

    While California might pay the highest they have a very high cost of living.

  2. sunsetvampyre

    If the cost of living is what it costs to live in a particular city, then I’m afraid the salary indicator is off. I live in Los Angeles, and yes, we earn $87,000, but we only take home around half of that. We have to pay 28% federal and state tax, union dues, social security, disability, hospital parking etc etc. Sales tax here is outrageous too. We have to fight for our hours by doing as much overtime as we can because we are flexed every week and when we do work we often work 22 hours in a row which kills us (we don’t have night staff in the recovery room). So I take home around $45,000/year but the cost of living in LA is $63,000. California Dreaming? Bloody Nightmare!