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12.3% Jobs Projection
$81,820 Median Salary
5,730 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Registered Nurses in New Jersey are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Registered Nurses in New Jersey is growing faster than average.

  • Registered Nurses in New Jersey earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Registered Nurses Work in New Jersey?

In 2018, there were 79,530 Registered Nurses working in the state.

There were 80,560 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 1,030 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Registered Nurses in NJ Employment Trend

The typical state has 43,110 Registered Nurses working in it, which means New Jersey has more Registered Nurses than average.

Registered Nurses in NJ vs. the Average State

Job Projections for New Jersey

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 12.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.

Job Projections for Registered Nurses: Nation vs. NJ

New Jersey Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 5,730 annual job openings, and a total of 97,720 jobs for New Jersey Registered Nurses in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 203,700 annual jobs and 3,393,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Registered Nurses Make in New Jersey?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $59,930 to $106,790 with $81,820 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $28.81 to $51.34. The median hourly rate was $39.34.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $38.9 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.44.

The median salary in New Jersey is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Registered Nurses Earnings: NJ vs. National Average

Top New Jersey Metros for Registered Nurses

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Registered Nurses.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 176,780 $91,380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 72,910 $76,910
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 9,980 $68,130
Trenton, NJ 4,700 $77,030
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 3,030 $79,880
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 1,690 $79,450
Ocean City, NJ 780 $72,820

Top States for Registered Nurses Employment

The table below shows the states where most Registered Nurses work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 294,510 $104,410
Texas 210,350 $72,000
New York 182,490 $85,300
Florida 177,600 $64,400
Pennsylvania 148,520 $69,170
Illinois 129,400 $72,250
Ohio 125,380 $64,200
North Carolina 102,500 $62,940
Michigan 96,680 $70,590
Massachusetts 80,630 $86,860
New Jersey 79,530 $81,820
Georgia 76,640 $67,870
Missouri 71,770 $62,270
Minnesota 69,000 $77,940
Indiana 67,870 $62,330
Virginia 64,750 $68,000
Tennessee 60,360 $60,120
Wisconsin 59,030 $70,150
Washington 56,290 $79,920
Arizona 54,690 $75,770

Below are the states where Registered Nurses get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Hawaii $105,300
California $104,410
Oregon $91,220
District of Columbia $88,800
Alaska $87,650
Massachusetts $86,860
New York $85,300
Nevada $85,210
New Jersey $81,820
Connecticut $79,920


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