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Registered Nurses in Pennsylvania

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13.4% Jobs Projection
$69,170 Median Salary
9,490 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Registered Nurses Work in Pennsylvania?

In 2018, there were 148,520 Registered Nurses working in the state.

There were 143,130 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 5,390 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Registered Nurses in PA Employment Trend

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

Registered Nurses in PA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Pennsylvania

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 13.4% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.

Job Projections for Registered Nurses: Nation vs. PA

Pennsylvania Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 9,490 annual Registered Nurses job openings in Pennsylvania, and 160,360 total jobs in the year 2026.

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

What do Registered Nurses Make in Pennsylvania?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $51,950 to $95,580 with $69,170 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.98 to $45.95. The median hourly rate was $33.26.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $32.8 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.46.

The median salary in Pennsylvania is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Registered Nurses Earnings: PA vs. National Average

Top Pennsylvania 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
Pittsburgh, PA 33,040 $63,670
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 9,980 $68,130
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 8,180 $72,020
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 5,980 $63,030
Lancaster, PA 5,070 $68,820
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 4,280 $57,940
Reading, PA 3,790 $65,240
York-Hanover, PA 3,390 $66,340
Erie, PA 3,200 $59,140
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 2,880 $64,370
Altoona, PA 1,750 $64,670
Johnstown, PA 1,490 $59,570
State College, PA 1,380 $62,060
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 1,270 $71,710
Williamsport, PA 1,220 $70,170
Lebanon, PA 1,190 $70,910
East Stroudsburg, PA 830 $60,190

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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