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Registered Nurses Median annual wages, May 2012

The median annual wage for registered nurses was $65,470 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,040 and the top 10 percent earned more than $94,720.

In May 2012, the median annual wages for registered nurses in the top five industries in which they worked were as follows:

Government $68,540
Hospitals; state, local, and private 67,210
Home health care services 62,090
Nursing and residential care facilities 58,830
Offices of physicians 58,420

Many employers offer flexible work schedules, childcare, educational benefits, and bonuses.

Because patients in hospitals and nursing care facilities need round-the-clock care, nurses in these settings usually work in rotating shifts, covering all 24 hours. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays. They may be on call, which means they are on duty and must be available to work on short notice.

Nurses who work in offices, schools, and other places that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work regular business hours.

In 2012, about 1 out of 5 registered nurses worked part time.

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