The average salary of a registered nurse in the United States was $69,790 annually or $33.55 per hour in 2014 according to the report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 10 percent of RNs earn about $98,880 annually or $47.54 per hour.
Registered nurses earn pretty good compensation in comparison with other professions in the healthcare sector. Though their median wage is lower than occupational and physical therapists, they have more options for higher salaries and career advancement. By pursuing higher education, a registered nurse can advance as a nurse practitioner, a profession that earns a mean annual salary of $97,990, as stated by the BLS.