Training Requirements for Registered Nurses

Registered nurses need a bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Registered nurses
Percent
Less than High School 0.3
High School 1.2
Some College 5.5
Associates Degree 33.9
Bachelors Degree 48.1
Masters Degree 9.0
Doctorate or Professional Degree 2.0

Employment Outlook for Registered Nurses

This represents about 2,751,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 439,000 more registered nurses but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 1,088,000 more.

Typical Income for Registered Nurses

Hourly Income

On average,registered nurses make $34.70 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Registered nurses $22.65 $27.01 $32.91 $40.27 $49.52
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, registered nurses make $72,180 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Registered nurses $47,120 $56,190 $68,450 $83,770 $102,990
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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