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20.1% Jobs Projection
$85,300 Median Salary
14,990 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Registered Nurses Work in New York?

In New York, there were 182,490 people working as Registered Nurses in the year 2018.

There were 180,170 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 2,320 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for New York

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 20.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.


New York Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 14,990 annual job openings, and a total of 238,340 jobs for New York 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 York?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $55,450 to $120,890 with $85,300 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $26.66 to $58.12. The median hourly rate was $41.01.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $40.23 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.78.

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


Top New York 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
Rochester, NY 12,240 $64,950
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 11,950 $74,760
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 10,840 $68,930
Syracuse, NY 5,980 $65,650
Utica-Rome, NY 3,020 $68,260
Binghamton, NY 2,700 $64,830
Kingston, NY 1,230 $74,200
Elmira, NY 1,060 $67,410
Ithaca, NY 940 $58,770
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 910 $68,250

Top States for Registered Nurses Employment

View the list below to see 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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