Nevada Ranked As One Of The Best States For Nurses

Salaries High But Job-Openings Low

Mitch Kelly
May 07, 2020 - 6:06 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The U.S. has gained a profound appreciation for nurses during the coronavirus pandemic, as they risk their lives every day to minimize the spread of the disease. That situation is made even more difficult by critical shortages of respirators, surgical masks, gloves, gowns and other necessary protective treatment.

Despite the stresses of the occupation, nurses are generally well-rewarded for their life-saving work. Nursing occupations are some of the most lucrative careers, with a mean annual wage of over $75,000 and some of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. In fact, the industry is expected to grow at more than double the rate of the average occupation through 2028.

In light of the current crisis and the industry’s projections for the future, the financial website WalletHub took stock of the nursing industry to help registered nurses, particularly new graduates, pick a place to live that will bring success.

Nevada does quite well in the survey, ranking #5 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Helping Nevada's ranking: Top scores in the "Highest Annual Nursing Salary" (adjusted for cost of living) and "Lowest Competition" categories.

Hurting the Silver State's overall ranking were low marks in the "Fewest Nursing Job-Openings Per Capita" and "Fewest Health Care Facilities Per Capita" categories.

Overall, WalletHub found Oregon was the best state in which to be a nurse, followed by Washington, New Mexico and Minnesota.

At bottom of the list: New York, followed by Louisiana, Hawaii, Alabama and Oklahoma.

For a look at the full WalletHub study, click here.