|Quick Facts: Registered Nurses|
|$77,600 per year
$37.31 per hour
|6% (As fast as average)|
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care and educate patients and the public about various health conditions.
Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools.
Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must be licensed.
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $77,600 in May 2021.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 203,200 openings for registered nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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Learn more about registered nurses by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.