Nursing is a crucially important profession. From doctor’s surgeries to emergency rooms to ICUs, we rely on these professionals to care for us and our loved ones when we get sick.
Just how in demand are nurses? Well, “registered nurse”, “RN”, and “LPN” (licensed practical nurse) were among the top ten most-searched terms overall on Indeed Resume in 2017. Employers aren’t waiting around for applications to come rolling in. They are proactively searching for qualified professionals to fill their roles. Meanwhile, as the population ages, demand is only likely to rise.
But nursing jobs are not always easy to fill, and the aging of the population applies to the profession, too. Today, many nurses are on the verge of retiring. Salaries are relatively high, but is that enough to attract new talent? Our data science team analyzed Indeed data for RNs to provide a snapshot of the field, from how much it pays to where it’s toughest to hire.
Let’s take a look at the results, and also some tips for narrowing the hiring gap.
These are the 15 cities where nursing salaries go the furthest
Nursing is a well-paid job that doesn’t require a college degree. According to the BLS, the highest average nursing salaries are found in California, where they can exceed six figures (this is a major cultural shift since the 1970s, when nurses were paid less than grocery clerks.)
However, averages alone can be misleading, as the cost of living can take a giant chunk out of your pay packet. This varies not only from state to state but from city to city. So what happens once you adjust salaries for cost of living?