2021’s Best & Worst States for Nurses – WalletHub Study

With nurses working to administer the COVID-19 vaccine while facing continued PPE shortages, and with National Nurses Week kicking off May 6, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Nurses, as well as accompanying videos.

In order to help new nursing graduates find the best markets for their profession, WalletHub compared the relative attractiveness of the 50 states across 22 key metrics. The data set ranges from monthly average starting salary for nurses to health-care facilities per capita to nursing-job openings per capita.

Best States for Nurses Worst States for Nurses
1. Arizona 41. Kentucky
2. Washington 42. Mississippi
3. Nevada 43. Oklahoma
4. Wyoming 44. Louisiana
5. New Mexico 45. Utah
6. Montana 46. Alabama
7. Oregon 47. New Jersey
8. Missouri 48. Vermont
9. Alaska 49. Delaware
10. Maine 50. Maryland

Best vs. Worst

  • California has the highest annual mean wage for registered nurses (adjusted for cost of living), $88,740, which is 1.5 times higher than in Vermont, the lowest at $59,807.
  • Utah has the lowest current competition (number of nurses per 1,000 residents), 8.81, which is 2.1 times lower than in South Dakota, the highest at 18.49.
  • Nevada has the lowest future competition (projected number of nurses per 1,000 residents by 2028), 2.17, which is 10.7 times lower than in North Dakota, the highest at 23.17.
  • Minnesota has the highest ratio of nurses to hospital beds, 4.98, which is 2.1 times higher than in Wyoming, the lowest at 2.42.

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