How Much Does an RN Make in Los Angeles?


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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