By Natalie Grim
WASHINGTON (Circa) - Right now is the best time to break into nursing… but where will you find the healthiest salary?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of positions for nurses is expected to grow by fifteen percent by 2026. While nurses are in demand everywhere, only some cities are paying them top dollar. Livecareer.com’s most recent study analyzed the best and worst paying cities for nurses across the country based on salary, cost of living and employment.
San Jose, California clocks in at number three for the best locations for nurses. The “Capital of Silicon Valley” pays their nurses an average of over $109,000 a year. Stockton, California takes the second best spot with an average salary of $111,000 a year. The city also has the lowest number of nurses in the top five with only 4,270.
The best city for nurses to get paid the big bucks? The study says Sacramento, California is where nurses can expect a paycheck of about $118,000 a year.
San Francisco and Fresno round out the top five best on the list. While California may dominate the “best” cities, what state should you avoid? Signs point to Florida, with Daytona Beach and Miami taking the two worst spots on the list. Wichita, Kansas., Provo, Utah and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. finish out the worst five cities for nurses.
For more nursing related stats, see the full study on careerlive.com.