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Registered Nurses in North Carolina

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Registered Nurses in North Carolina

Considering a career as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina?

15.7% Jobs Projection
$62,940 Median Salary
7,060 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Registered Nurses in North Carolina is growing faster than average.

  • Registered Nurses in North Carolina earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Registered Nurses Work in North Carolina?

There were approximately 102,500 workers employed as Registered Nurses in this state in 2018.

There were 99,210 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 3,290 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Registered Nurses in NC Employment Trend

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

Registered Nurses in NC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 15.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.

Job Projections for Registered Nurses: Nation vs. NC

North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 7,060 annual job openings, and a total of 116,650 jobs for North Carolina 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 North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $46,130 to $86,650 with $62,940 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $22.18 to $41.66. The median hourly rate was $30.26.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $29.27 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.99.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Registered Nurses Earnings: NC vs. National Average

Top North Carolina 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
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 22,450 $62,890
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 13,830 $65,660
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 12,090 $63,710
Raleigh, NC 11,840 $64,020
Winston-Salem, NC 10,400 $67,280
Greensboro-High Point, NC 6,550 $64,020
Asheville, NC 6,320 $63,110
Greenville, NC 3,930 $63,410
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 3,280 $58,960
Fayetteville, NC 3,200 $69,470
Wilmington, NC 3,160 $60,470
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 2,500 $62,120
Rocky Mount, NC 1,220 $60,170
New Bern, NC 1,020 $59,480
Jacksonville, NC 750 $62,260

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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