The average salary of a registered nurse in 2013 was $66,220, states U.S.News & World Report. The top paid registered nurses earned about $96,320, while those at the bottom earned less than $45,630.
Salaries for registered nurses differ by employer, city and state. Some of the highest paid nurses live in San Francisco, San Jose and Vallejo, among other California cities. Duties of a registered nurse include providing patients the necessary health care services and educating the public about different health problems. They work in physicians' offices, nursing care facilities, hospitals and in people's homes. Registered nurses must have a license to practice.