Nursing is a rapidly expanding, highly desirable area of the healthcare industry. During the past three decades, the number of employed nurses in the United States has increased more than 100 percent. With so much expansion in the profession, it’s not hard for nursing school graduates to find positions in preferred work settings (e.g. medical clinics, hospitals, senior living facilities, and other residential care outlets) in many areas of the country.
Boston, Massachusetts—in particular—offers an exciting array of job opportunities. Many of these roles come with competitive benefits and salaries. In 2012, the median pay for a registered nurse was just under $65,500, which works out to around $31 per hour. But Massachusetts is actually listed second, among the country’s top-paying states for nursing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Massachusetts, the annual mean wage for registered nurses is upwards of $86,000.