|Opportunity & Competition
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|Annual Nursing Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
2023’s Best & Worst States for Nurses
from Wallet Hub, May 2, 2023
Americans gained a profound appreciation for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We saw them risk their health every day to minimize the spread of the disease, as well as administer the vaccinations that have helped life return to close to normal. Even in years when there hasn’t been a major public health crisis, though, nurses have always worked long hours in stressful conditions to help keep people healthy.
Despite the difficulties of the occupation, nurses are generally well-rewarded for their life-saving work. Nursing occupations are some of the most lucrative careers, with a mean annual wage of more than $89,000 and some of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S.
In light of the ongoing challenges faced by nurses, WalletHub took stock of the nursing industry to help registered nurses, particularly new graduates, pick a place to live that will bring success. They did so by comparing the 50 states across 20 key metrics that collectively speak to the nursing-job opportunities in each market….
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