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Registered Nurses in North Carolina

Want to work in North Carolina as a Registered Nurse? Read this first!

15.7% Jobs Projection
$62,940 Median Salary
7,060 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Registered Nurses in North Carolina are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Registered Nurses in North Carolina is growing faster than average.

  • Registered Nurses in North Carolina earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Registered Nurses Work in North Carolina?

102,500 people worked as Registered Nurses in 2018 in this state.

There were 99,210 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 3,290 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 43,110 Registered Nurses working in it, which means North Carolina has more Registered Nurses than average.


Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 15.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.


North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 7,060 annual job openings, and 116,650 total jobs in 2026 for Registered Nurses in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 203,700 annual jobs and 3,393,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Registered Nurses Make in North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $46,130 to $86,650 with $62,940 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $22.18 to $41.66. The median hourly rate was $30.26.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $29.27 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.99.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top North Carolina Metros for Registered Nurses

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Registered Nurses.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 22,450 $62,890
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 13,830 $65,660
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 12,090 $63,710
Raleigh, NC 11,840 $64,020
Winston-Salem, NC 10,400 $67,280
Greensboro-High Point, NC 6,550 $64,020
Asheville, NC 6,320 $63,110
Greenville, NC 3,930 $63,410
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 3,280 $58,960
Fayetteville, NC 3,200 $69,470
Wilmington, NC 3,160 $60,470
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 2,500 $62,120
Rocky Mount, NC 1,220 $60,170
New Bern, NC 1,020 $59,480
Jacksonville, NC 750 $62,260

Top States for Registered Nurses Employment

The table below shows the states where most Registered Nurses work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 294,510 $104,410
Texas 210,350 $72,000
New York 182,490 $85,300
Florida 177,600 $64,400
Pennsylvania 148,520 $69,170
Illinois 129,400 $72,250
Ohio 125,380 $64,200
North Carolina 102,500 $62,940
Michigan 96,680 $70,590
Massachusetts 80,630 $86,860
New Jersey 79,530 $81,820
Georgia 76,640 $67,870
Missouri 71,770 $62,270
Minnesota 69,000 $77,940
Indiana 67,870 $62,330
Virginia 64,750 $68,000
Tennessee 60,360 $60,120
Wisconsin 59,030 $70,150
Washington 56,290 $79,920
Arizona 54,690 $75,770

Below are the states where Registered Nurses get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Hawaii $105,300
California $104,410
Oregon $91,220
District of Columbia $88,800
Alaska $87,650
Massachusetts $86,860
New York $85,300
Nevada $85,210
New Jersey $81,820
Connecticut $79,920


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