Top 5 Highest Paying Cities for Nurses

If you’re interested in moving to a new location to start your nursing career or becoming a travel nurse, it’s critical that you look for the best opportunities! Different cities have different salary rates for nurses that take into consideration the cost of living, the complexity of the job, and your experience in the field.

Money should not be the only factor that helps you decide where to take your next assignment, but it is important to consider!

Check out this handy list of the highest-paying cities for nurses:

#5. New York, NY

Coming in at number five is The City That Never Sleeps! When it comes to finances, technology, and opportunity for nurses, the city is obviously booming. While New York City has a notoriously high cost of living, don’t let that deter you – the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) offers affordable transportation and reasonable salary that will lead you to success.

Median Hourly Rate: $42.36/hour

Highest-Paid Specialties: Telemetry, Critical Care and Oncology

#4. Honolulu, HI

If you’ve ever visited Hawaii, you’ve experienced the beauty of it. If you haven’t, you’re missing out. Visiting is one thing, but could you imagine living there? There is no shortage of nursing jobs in Honolulu, but the high retention rate makes finding the right opportunity a little more difficult. However, the State of Hawaii has invested millions in new healthcare facilities in recent years, and will continue to do so in the future, so don’t lose hope if Hawaii is your dream destination!

Median Hourly Rate: $42.93/hour

Highest-Paid Specialties: Trauma, Geriatrics and Hospice

#3. Boston, MA

Boston is home to many renowned hospitals. Massachusetts serves as a home to 78 hospitals, providing ample opportunity to find the perfect fit for you. If you’re interested in working at a hospital with history and reputation, you should consider Boston for your next assignment.

Median Hourly Rate: $47.13/hour

Highest-Paid Specialties: Cardiology, Intensive Care, Labor and Delivery, PACU and Oncology

#2. San Jose, CA

San Jose is on the forefront of the high-tech industry boom. Being the tenth-largest city in the United States, and closely situated beside the San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan Statistical Area, there are plenty of hospitals in different areas to choose from. Even though the cost of living here is high, you can expect to get paid a higher salary rate and allowances.

Median Hourly Rate: $58.02/hour

Highest-Paid Specialties: Intensive Care, Telemetry, Critical Care, Oncology and Cardiology

#1. San Francisco, CA

San Fran tops the list. As the financial center of Northern California, it shouldn’t come as a surprise! San Francisco offers a great economy and reasonable cost of living paired with a great transportation system. This is a place to keep high on your list!

Median Hourly Rate: $65.68/hour

Highest-Paid Specialties: Acute Care, Oncology, Telemetry, Critical Care and Cardiology

While these places are the top paying cities, always consider other factors before deciding on a job! Here at AHS Nursestat, we would love to help you make an educated and well thought out decision on your next nursing assignment. We have jobs all across the United States that we would love to tell you more about! Give us a call today!


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