How Much Does an RN Make in Los Angeles?

Registered nurses provide a wide range of patient care.
Registered nurses provide a wide range of patient care. (Image: Scrub Nurse image by Mary Beth Granger from

More registered nurses (RNs), 53,500, are employed in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, California, area than in any other U.S. city, except New York City, which has 69,600 RNs, according to the Medical Resource Group. RNs in Los Angeles have a wide range of training, experience and responsibilities, all of which affect how much they make.

2009 Median Salaries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2009, the median annual salary for RNs in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California, metropolitan area was $80,170, with 50 percent earning between $67,860 and $94,250. At the low end of the pay scale (10th percentile) RNs earned $57,580, and at the high end (90th percentile), RNs earned $108,360. The average annual salary for RNs in Los Angeles is about $5,000 lower than the state median, and much lower than average salaries in other California metropolitan areas which lead the nation: Visalia-Porterville, $111,030; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, $110,080; and San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, $98,900.

Average Salary

According to the job website, as of January 2011, the average annual salary for current job listings for RNs in Los Angeles is $73,000. The site also provides average salary data for specialized RN positions in Los Angeles, such as, RN in a Correctional Facility, $85,000; Supervising RN, $99,000; and Clinical Management Supervisor RN, $86,000.

Nurse Practitioner Salaries

An RN with a master's degree can become an advanced practice nurse, such as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife or certified registered nurse anesthetist. According to, the average salary for a nurse practitioner in Los Angeles is $92,000 per year, with nurse practitioners who work in correctional facilities earning an average of $122,000 and a pediatric nurse practitioner earning an average of $108,000.

Other Advanced Nursing Salaries

According to, the average salary for a certified nurse anesthetist in Los Angeles is $105,000, for a certified nurse midwife is $99,000, and for a clinical nurse specialist is $80,000.


For RNs who belong to the California Nurses Association union, salaries are negotiated between the union and the employer and are often based on years of experience.

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