Health Resources and Services Administration, The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education

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FAST FACTS

The Nursing Workforce 2014:

Growth, Salaries, Education, Demographics & Trends

RN Job Growth Rate (new and replacement)–By State/Region, 2012-2022)

 14 states project an annual growth rate of 20% or more, with 8 in the West

and Texas (TX, UT, AZ, CO, ID, AK, MT, WA).

 30 states are projected to have annual growth rates of 15

percent or more (38 states when including those whose latest

figures are 2010-2020).

 10 states are projected to account for half of the job growth:

TX, CA, FL, NY, PA, OH, NC, IL, MI, MA.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Note: KY, ME, MI, NC, RI, TX, WI, WV had figures available only for 2010-2020

Overall New Job Growth and Replacement Needs (2012-2022)*

 Nurse employment to increase from 2.86 million to 3.44 million jobs (20.2%)

 Projected number of new RN jobs: 574,400.

 Current RNs projected to retire/leave labor force: 555,100.

 Total number of new RNs needed (new jobs and replacements): 1.13 million

*Figures include RNs and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Median RN Salaries (Median means half of RNs are above, half below)

National median salary for RNs (2013): $66,200

The highest median salaries are in the Northeast and West. Of the 17 states

(and Washington, DC) with salaries above the national median ($66,200), 9

were West (CA, HI, AK, OR, NV, WA, AZ, CO, TX) and 8 were Northeast (MA,

NJ, DC, CT, NY, RI, MD, DE).

10 states with the lowest median salaries (lowest first): SD, IA, WV, AL, MS,

AR, ND, NE, KS, TN. Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Average (Mean) RN and APRN Salaries

 Registered nurses: $68,910

 Nurse practitioners: $95,070

 All advanced practice registered nurses: $109,352

 Nursing instructors and teachers, post-secondary: $70,200

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

RN Median Salaries in Top 50 Metro Areas

 The top 5 highest salaries are in California

 The highest salary (San Francisco, $131,800) is two

times or more higher than the bottom 25 areas

 19 of the top 20 areas are in the West (including

Houston) or Northeast.

 Of the bottom 25 areas, 13 are in the South and 9 are

in the Midwest/Central (including KY, OK).

 7 East Coast metro areas rank in the top 20 (Boston, New York, Hartford,

Washington, DC, Providence, Baltimore, Philadelphia).

 The 10 largest metro areas (in order) do not reflect highest median salaries:

1. New York (7th highest salary)

2. Los Angeles (4th)

3. Chicago (21st)

4. Dallas (22nd)

5. Houston (12th)

6. Philadelphia (16th)

7. Washington, DC (14th)

8. Miami (45th)

9. Atlanta (27th)

10.Boston (6th)

Source: U.S. Dept. of Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupations with the most annual openings (2012-2022)

 RN ranks first of all occupations requiring at least an associate’s degree for

entry: 105,260. (Only two others are projected to increase more than 10,000

per year: pre-school teachers, dental hygienists.)

Source: U.S. Dept. of Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupations with the largest employment

 For all education levels, RNs rank 5th (2012): 2.8 million.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Bureau of Labor Statistics

Highest Concentration of RNs per 100,000 Population, in order

 22 states and Washington, DC have more than 1 nurse for every 100 people.

The 15 states with highest concentration, in order: SD, MA, NE, ME, RI, DE,

ND, MT, PA, IA, OH, MN, WI, MO, TN.

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 Of the 17 states with the lowest concentration (less than 0.9 per 100

residents), 13 are Mountain/West and Texas: (CO, WA, OR, AK, AZ, NM, WY,

TX, CA, NV, HI, UT, ID)

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply

and Education

Rural/Urban RNs

 445,000 RNs (15.7% of RNs) live in rural areas. (17% of the U.S. population

lives in rural areas).

 Per 100 residents, the U.S. has 0.85 RNs in rural

areas and 0.93 RNs in urban areas.

 Urban RNs have higher levels of education

compared to rural RNs. Urban: 46.6% have a

bachelor’s, 11.4% a master’s or doctoral degree. Rural: 33.9% and 6.8%,

respectively.

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply

and Education

Age

 Average: 50

 Percentage of working nurses over age 50: 53 percent

Source: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing and The Forum of State Nursing Workforce

Centers 2013 National Workforce Survey of RNs

Percentage of Nurses

 

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