How Much Does a Registered Nurse Make in California?

Posted Monday, Jul 19, 2010 by Allen B. Ury

Registered NurseIf you’re thinking about getting a nursing degree, you’re probably interested in how much money you might make once you start working as a registered nurse.

Although salary ranges vary from state to state, from city to city and from institution to institution, a look at statistics provided by O*Net Online (, the Occupational Information Network developed in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, provide a credible glimpse of what you can expect to earn in today’s nursing field.

National Averages

According to O*Net, the median wage for registered nurses nationwide in 2009 was $30.65 per hour, or $64,750 annually, meaning half of RNs made more than that, while half made less. O*Net also projected national growth in the registered nursing field to be “much faster than average,” with annual job growth projected to average more than 20 percent between 2008 and 2018. (The economy may still be in the tank, but people continue to get sick, and they still need nursing care.)

California Averages

Statistics for California are even more detailed (although this local data is only available for 2008). They show that in the Golden State, the median income for registered nurses is $38.93 per hour, or $81,000 annually, approximately 25 percent higher than the national average. Registered nurses in the lowest tenth percentile currently earn about $27.40 per hour, or $57,000 annually (including many entry-level RNs), while those in the top tenth percentile earn about $55.54 per hour, or $115,500 annually.

(Naturally, what you earn will depend on many factors, including your education, experience, professionalism, work attitude, local market conditions, place of employment and own hard work.)

Learn to be a Registered Nurse at Everest College’s Ontario Metro Campus

If you live in Southern California and are interested in a professional nursing career, you can learn to be a registered nurse at Everest College’s Ontario Metro campus in Ontario, Calif. The two yearlong program includes courses in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nursing Care of Adult Client
  • General Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Maternal Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Microbiology
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Nursing Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Therapeutic Communications

After completing the program, nursing students will be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam for registered nursing licensure. Once licensed, the individual may use the title of registered nurse.

Contact Everest College Ontario for More Information

For more information on the Nursing program or other career education and degree programs, contact Everest College’s Ontario Metro campus today!

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