Registered nurses in Florida earned an average hourly wage of $30.78 or a mean annual salary of $64,020 in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the lowest among the top five states with the highest employment level of nurses in the United States.
California, the state with the highest employment level, also paid the highest average wages at $43.68 per hour or $90,860 per year, followed by New York at $36.23 per hour or $75,370 annually. Texas and Pennsylvania complete the top five with very similar average wages of $32.49 and $32.28 per hour or $67,580 and $67,140 per year, respectively. The national median wage for nurses as of 2012 was $31.48 or $65,470 annually, which puts the pay of Florida nurses at slightly below the national median wage. However, employment growth is projected to be strong at 19 percent through 2022 as baby boomers retire and demand more health care services.