How Much Do RNs Make in Boston?

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With about 30,000 employed registered nurses (RNs), Boston has the fifth largest number of RNs of all U.S. cities, according to the Medical Resource Group. RNs in Boston have a wide range of factors that affect how much they make, including training, experience and responsibilities.

2009 Median Salaries

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for RNs in Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts-New Hampshire, was $80,470 as of May 2009. The middle 50 percent earned between $64,360 and $103,320. At the low end of the pay scale, 10th percentile RNs earned $54,360, and at the high end (90th percentile), RNs earned $126,020. The median salary was slightly higher in the area designated as the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts, NECTA Division (a census boundary), at $86,240, with 50 percent of RNs earning between $68,000 and $108,780.

Current Salary Data

  • As of January 2011, the website PayScale.com reports that Boston is the 11th highest paying U.S. city for RNs, with an hourly rate range of $26.84 to $36.37, corresponding to an annual salary of $55,827 to $75,649. Indeed.com reports the average salary for currently listed RN jobs in Boston is $79,000.

Advance Practice Nurse Salaries

  • RNs who have a master's degree can become an advance practice nurse and earn more. According to Indeed.com, the average annual salaries for advanced nursing specialties in Boston include Nurse Practitioner, $100,000; Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, $114,000; and Clinical Nurse Specialist, $86,000.

Considerations

  • In many Boston health care facilities, RNs are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association union, which negotiates salaries and other benefits.

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