The median pay for a registered nurse is $65,470 per year, as of 2012. This is the most recent set of numbers released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The median hourly wage for an RN is $31.48, though things like special training, skills and work environment can make a difference in pay. An example of a nurse with special training and skills earning more would be a surgical nurse, compared to a floor nurse who handles a different type of patient care. An example of work environment that can affect an RN's pay rate would be a nurse who tends patients in-home compared to a nurse working in a hospital or nursing home.