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Registered Nurses Summary

What They Do

Work Environment

How to Become One


Job Outlook

State & Area Data


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Summary Quick Facts: Registered Nurses 2017 Median Pay

$70,000 per year $33.65 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2016


Job Outlook, 2016-26

15% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-26


What Registered Nurses Do Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Work Environment Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military.

How to Become a Registered Nurse Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must be licensed.

Pay The median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000 in May 2017.

Job Outlook Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.

State & Area Data Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for registered nurses.

Similar Occupations Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of registered nurses with similar occupations.

More Information, Including Links to O*NET Learn more about registered nurses by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at (visited April 13, 2018).

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