Salaries

The columns in the table below are all sortable. So discover which states are best for LPN salary, RN salary, and where upgrading to an RN will have the biggest effect on your paycheck. So what’s the Comfort Score you may ask? It takes into account median salaries of all occupations in a state, median salaries of nurses, cost of living, real estate, and a few other medical-centric and geographic statistics…and combines them to produce an indexed ranking of where you will be most comfortable being an LPN or RN.

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State Name LPN avg. Salary RN avg. Salary LPN Comfort Rank RN Comfort Rank RN Value Rank Overall Rank
Minnesota $38,770 $71,210 45 11 1 23
Georgia $35,860 $60,610 28 10 2 12
Mississippi $33,920 $54,770 15 4 3 4
Alabama $33,110 $55,070 38 23 4 27
New York $41,490 $72,100 47 15 5 28
Texas $39,750 $63,050 9 6 6 2
Tennessee $35,520 $55,820 13 9 7 6
Louisiana $36,780 $58,250 19 14 8 11
Kentucky $35,940 $56,160 12 12 9 7
Oklahoma $32,250 $52,380 41 36 10 34
Arkansas $33,280 $52,210 27 22 11 22
Oregon $45,040 $73,430 14 3 12 5
West Virginia $31,590 $50,560 43 34 13 35
California $49,380 $82,910 29 7 14 13
Hawaii $43,760 $81,830 51 42 15 44
Washington $44,200 $71,970 23 16 16 16
Montana $34,870 $55,850 39 30 17 31
Missouri $35,150 $55,510 34 32 18 30
Delaware $47,600 $73,550 2 1 19 1
Illinois $40,790 $63,850 20 21 20 19
South Carolina $37,210 $57,210 18 20 21 18
Idaho $37,770 $58,380 22 25 22 25
Virginia $37,210 $61,210 50 43 23 46
Michigan $41,670 $63,200 8 13 24 10
Wisconsin $40,150 $61,840 17 24 25 21
Nevada $48,160 $73,270 4 2 26 3
Indiana $37,410 $56,400 21 28 27 26
Colorado $42,150 $66,010 33 33 28 33
Pennsylvania $40,000 $60,820 24 29 29 29
Massachusetts $49,520 $77,770 16 17 30 17
North Dakota $34,420 $53,180 46 46 31 48
South Dakota $33,130 $50,630 48 49 32 50
Florida $39,440 $59,950 30 31 33 31
Ohio $39,520 $58,220 10 26 34 20
North Carolina $39,490 $57,170 7 19 35 14
Alaska $46,450 $73,480 44 38 36 43
Maine $39,330 $59,580 40 40 37 41
Arizona $45,790 $66,100 3 8 38 8
Nebraska $35,630 $52,730 35 45 39 42
Vermont $40,960 $61,870 42 41 40 45
Kansas $36,530 $53,070 26 39 41 38
Maryland $49,540 $75,670 32 35 42 39
Utah $39,080 $58,070 36 48 43 47
Washington DC $48,180 $69,570 5 18 44 15
Wyoming $39,310 $56,460 31 44 45 40
New Jersey $50,400 $74,560 25 37 46 37
Rhode Island $49,890 $69,470 6 27 47 23
Iowa $36,100 $50,220 37 50 48 49
New Mexico $47,610 $62,780 1 5 49 9
New Hampshire $43,560 $60,370 49 51 50 51
Connecticut $52,710 $71,000 11 47 51 35