Complete List of Average Nursing and Travel Nursing Salaries by State

If you've ever wondered how your salary stacks up to what other nurses are earning, you're not alone. Compensation-related questions are among the most common our Nomad Navigators receive.

One thing we've noticed is that nursing salaries vary greatly by the state in which a nurse is working. Particularly when it comes to travel nursing, location is one of the main factors taken into consideration when a nurse decides on their next assignment.

We feel strongly that compensation is the kind of information that should be clear and transparent. In fact, we’re proud to say we’re the first travel nursing job search site to show your pay upfront.

This in mind, we thought it might be helpful to share a breakdown of the average income for RNs and travel RNs by state. A few things to know out of the gate:

The mean salary of an RN in the United States is $74,550/year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While this salary varies by specialty and location, one thing is for sure - travel RNs can expect to make on average, about 18% more than a staff RN position.

In this article, we break down the average nursing salaries by state and compare that to an estimated travel nursing salary to show how much more you could be making from being a travel nurse.

RN Salaries and Travel Nursing Salaries

Travel nurses can expect to make 18% more than a staff RN position.

In the table below, we compare the national average annual salary by state - broken down to a gross weekly and hourly rate - and the estimated travel nursing salary a nurse could make.

State Average RN Salary1 Average Weekly2 Average Hourly3 Average Travel RN Salary4 Average Weekly5 Average Hourly6
Alabama $57,890 $1,113 $31 $68,310 $1,314 $36
Alaska $87,510 $1,683 $47 $103,262 $1,986 $55
Arizona $75,110 $1,444 $40 $88,630 $1,704 $47
Arkansas $58,810 $1,131 $31 $69,396 $1,335 $37
California $102,700 $1,975 $55 $121,186 $2,331 $65
Colorado $72,570 $1,396 $39 $85,633 $1,647 $46
Connecticut $80,200 $1,542 $43 $94,636 $1,820 $51
Delaware $73,180 $1,407 $39 $86,352 $1,661 $46
District of Columbia $90,110 $1,733 $48 $106,330 $2,045 $57
Florida $64,890 $1,248 $35 $76,570 $1,473 $41
Georgia $66,750 $1,284 $36 $78,765 $1,515 $41
Hawaii $96,990 $1,865 $52 $114,448 $2,201 $61
Idaho $64,520 $1,241 $34 $76,134 $1,464 $41
Illinois $72,090 $1,386 $39 $85,066 $1,636 $45
Indiana $62,450 $1,201 $33 $73,691 $1,417 $39
Iowa $57,930 $1,114 $31 $68,357 $1,315 $37
Kansas $59,940 $1,153 $32 $70,729 $1,360 $38
Kentucky $61,530 $1,183 $33 $72,605 $1,396 $39
Louisiana $63,560 $1,222 $34 $75,001 $1,442 $40
Maine $65,890 $1,267 $35 $77,750 $1,495 $42
Maryland $75,250 $1,447 $40 $88,795 $1,708 $47
Massachusetts $89,330 $1,718 $48 $105,409 $2,027 $56
Michigan $69,120 $1,329 $37 $81,562 $1,568 $44
Minnesota $77,540 $1,491 $41 $91,497 $1,760 $49
Mississippi $57,700 $1,110 $31 $68,086 $1,309 $36
Missouri $63,300 $1,217 $34 $74,694 $1,436 $40
Montana $66,280 $1,275 $35 $78,210 $1,504 $42
Nebraska $62,210 $1,196 $33 $73,408 $1,412 $39
Nevada $84,980 $1,634 $45 $100,276 $1,928 $54
New Hampshire $70,040 $1,347 $37 $82,647 $1,589 $44
New Jersey $82,010 $1,577 $44 $96,772 $1,861 $52
New Mexico $69,840 $1,343 $37 $82,411 $1,585 $44
New York $83,450 $1,605 $45 $98,471 $1,894 $53
North Carolina $62,560 $1,203 $33 $73,821 $1,420 $39
North Dakota $63,140 $1,214 $34 $74,505 $1,433 $40
Ohio $65,500 $1,260 $35 $77,290 $1,486 $41
Oklahoma $61,640 $1,185 $33 $72,735 $1,399 $39
Oregon $88,770 $1,707 $47 $104,749 $2,014 $56
Pennsylvania $69,820 $1,343 $37 $82,388 $1,584 $44
Rhode Island $76,650 $1,474 $41 $90,447 $1,739 $48
South Carolina $63,630 $1,224 $34 $75,083 $1,444 $40
South Dakota $57,010 $1,096 $30 $67,272 $1,294 $36
Tennessee $60,050 $1,155 $32 $70,859 $1,363 $38
Texas $72,070 $1,386 $39 $85,043 $1,635 $45
Utah $63,050 $1,213 $34 $74,399 $1,431 $40
Vermont $69,560 $1,338 $37 $82,081 $1,578 $44
Virginia $67,990 $1,308 $36 $80,228 $1,543 $43
Washington $79,810 $1,535 $43 $94,176 $1,811 $50
West Virginia $60,380 $1,161 $32 $71,248 $1,370 $38
Wisconsin $69,200 $1,331 $37 $81,656 $1,570 $44
Wyoming $64,900 $1,248 $35 $76,582 $1,473 $41



1. Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics as compiled by Nightingale College
2. Based on 52 weeks calculation
3. Based on average 36 hours worked per week
4. Based on 18% average increase
5. Based on 52 weeks calculation
6. Based on average 36 hours worked per week


Traveling allows nurses to work when and where they want while also getting paid a premium. If this chart inspired you to look for a travel nursing job, you can start your search here!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our Nomad Navigators team.

Good luck!

The Nomad Team
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