Where in the U.S. do APNs and RNs get paid the most?

The Medscape Nurse Salary Report 2015, revealed full-time advanced practice nurses — including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists — earn between $95,000 and $170,000, on average. Registered nurses earn between $69,000 and $105,000.

Medscape, a medical information site for health professionals that’s a part of WebMD, surveyed more than 8,250 nurses, including practical and vocational nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.

Here is a list of average full-time APN compensation by region, starting with where APNs make the most.

  1. West (California and Hawaii) — $120,000
  2. Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming) — $108,000
  3. South Central (Arkansas, Kansas and Texas) — $105,000
  4. Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) — $104,000
  5. Southwest (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah) — $103,000
  6. Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) — $98,000
  7. Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) — $98,000
  8. Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee) — $95,000
  9. North Central (Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota) — $94,000

Comparably, there is a slight difference in earning by region for full-time RNs compared to APNs. Here’s a list of average full-time RN compensation by region, starting with where RNs make the most.

  1. West (California and Hawaii) — $105,000
  2. Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) — $87,000
  3. Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming) — $81,000
  4. Southwest (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah) — $81,000
  5. South Central (Arkansas, Kansas and Texas) — $77,000
  6. Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) — $77,000
  7. Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) — $76,000
  8. Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee) — $74,000
  9. North Central (Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota) — $69,000

To see the full Medscape Nurse Salary Report for 2015, including breakdowns for other positions and by gender and age, go here.