The average annual salary for a registered nurse as of 2013 was $68,910, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Among top employment settings, outpatient centers were the highest-paying, with an average annual salary of $74,100.
RNs in general medical and surgical hospitals averaged $70,590 per year as of 2013, according to the BLS. Home health care nurses averaged $66,910, while nurses in doctor's offices made average annual salary of $62,850. In nursing homes, average pay was $62,010 per year. Among states, California paid the highest average annual salary at $96,980, and Hawaii was next at $85,380. Massachusetts nurses had the third-highest pay among states at an average of $83,720.