By January 5, 2011 1 Comments

Scrubadoo’s News: Nurse pay in 2011 to increase


travel nurse showing how pay is rising2011 is upon us, so we thought it would be fun to take a look at expectations for the nursing industry in the New Year (fun and since we sell scrubs it affects our business!).  We are talking salaries and jobs!  The healthcare industry was one of the few that has actually continued to grow over the last two years, and this growth is largely spurred by demand for registered nurses and nursing aids.  This growth is expected to continue.  In fact, the US Department of labor expects the number of RN jobs to increase 22% by 2018, far above national averages. 

So what does this mean to you?  Here is a little bit of data for nursing aids & assistants (NAA) on salary projections, and what states pay the most. 

  • NAA’s on average made about $24,000 in 2010, this is expected to increase to $24,600 in 2011
  • Pack your warm weather scrubs!  Alaska has the highest average salary for NAA’s in 2010 at $15.32/hr or about 33% more than the national average. 
  • The total NAA job pool will grow about 2% in 2011 to around 1,552,000 jobs. 

Registered Nurses have seen similar trends: 

  • According to the In 2010 RN’s on average made on average about $63,800, this is expected to increase to $65,000 on average in 2011.
  • California, which was not on the NAA top 10 list, had the highest average RN salaries at almost 30% above the average or $39.86/hr. 
  • The lowest paying state?  South Dakota at $16.53/hr.

Check out the rest of the best & worst 10 below

Registered Nurses Pay for 2011


  1. California: $39.86
  2. Hawaii: $39.34
  3. Massachusetts: $37.39
  4. Maryland: $36.38
  5. New Jersey: $35.85
  6. D.C.: $ 35.36
  7. Alaska: $35.33
  8. Oregon:$ 35.30
  9. Nevada: $$35.23
  10. New York: $34.66


  1. South Dakota: 16.35
  2. Iowa: $16.36
  3. Mississippi: 16.42
  4. Arkansas: $16.44
  5. West Virginia: 16.52
  6. Kansas: $16.74
  7. Oklahoma: $16.76
  8. Wyoming: $16.88
  9. Louisiana: $17.50
  10. North Dakota: $17.60

*All hourly wage data is hourly and was collected from

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About the Author:

Brett Brohl is currently the CEO of both and Scrubraisers brands which are headquartered in Minneapolis MN. makes the online purchase of anything a nurse needs to wear to work as easy as can be. offers a unique fundraising solution for any group or organization. He has an MBA from The Darden School of Business and attended Wake Forest University for his undergrad degree. Brett is originally from South Florida, enjoys entrepreneurship, anything having to do with the ocean, and hates the cold.

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  1. Bryn Hogan says:

    Thanks for posting an honest look at current RN salaries!

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