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Where the highest nursing salaries are
California continues to rank as the highest-paying state for RNs, with the annual pay across all of the state’s major cities ranging from around $90,000 to more than $100,000. The BLS reports the following as the mean hourly wages for RNs in the states that are currently paying the most:

  • California: $42.06 hourly mean wage
  • New York: $35.58 hourly mean wage
  • Texas: $31.82 hourly mean wage
  • Pennsylvania: $31.29 hourly mean wage
  • Florida: $30.29 hourly mean wage

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