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Nursing Surveys & Statistics

Nursing Employment Statistics

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a job as travel nurse, office nurse, hospital nurse or any other nursing job, you can find it anywhere in the United States.

A nursing job as travel nurse requires a Registered Nursing degree which you can get from the nursing school. To give you some information where you can find the most nursing jobs, we give you the employment-statistics of the top 20 of the most populated areas of registered nurses.

Populated areas for registered nurses

Rank Area Employed Total Population
1 New York, NY 69,600 nurses 7,325,000
2 LA to Long Beach, CA 53,500 nurses 5,530,000
3 Chicago, IL 51,300 nurses 2,794,000
4 Philadelphia, PA-NJ 49,100 nurses 1,596,000
5 Boston, MA 33,000 nurses 574,000
6 Detroit, MI 33,000 nurses 1,016,000
7 Washington DC, MD-VA 32,000 nurses 610,000
8 Nassau-Suffolk, NY 25,000 nurses 1,322,000
9 Minneapolis, MN 24,000 nurses 369,000
10 Baltimore, MD 23,000 nurses 736,000
11 Pittsburgh, PA 23,000 nurses 370,000
12 Houston, TX 22,000 nurses 1,631,000
13 St. Louis, MO-KS 22,000 nurses 397,000
14 Atlanta, GA 21,000 nurses 394,000
15 Cleveland, OH 17,500 nurses 560,000
16 Anaheim-Santa Ana, CA 17,000 nurses 600,000
17 San Diego, CA 17,000 nurses 1,111,000
18 Phoenix, AZ 17,000 nurses 984,000
19 Tampa - St. Pete, FL 17,000 nurses 600,000
20 Seattle, WA 17,000 nurses 516,000

Populated Areas for Registered Nurses



The graphic on the left will show you the differences between the employment numbers in all the areas. You can have a better look on the difference between the number 1 area – New York (orange) - and the lower ranking numbers.



Average Starting Hourly Base Salary

The shortage of nursing has lead to problems in the nursing sector. But one of the positive things of this shortage, are the increasing salaries for the nurses. The average starting hourly base salary registered nurses has increased from 2003 to 2004.