Best Places for Nurses to Live and Work

Nurse in blue scrubs standing in front of a background featuring an airplane and a map of the world
Nurse in blue scrubs standing in front of a background featuring an airplane and a map of the world

Learn more about Carson-Newman's online nursing programs., compiled a list of the top 10 locations for nurses to live and work in 2018. They include San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, New York City and more. Reflecting the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the top states with the highest job availability and salary for registered nurses are:

  • California - annual wage approximately $100,000
  • New York - annual RN wage approximately $80,000
  • Texas - annual RN wage approximately $70,000
  • Pennsylvania - annual RN wage approximately $68,000
  • Florida - annual RN wage approximately $64,000

The BLS cites a bachelor’s degree as the typical requirement to enter the nursing field. For RNs who want to live in a nurse-friendly city and advance their education, Carson-Newman University’s online MSN-FNP may be an ideal fit. Designed for working nurses, C-N online empowers nurses to earn their MSN while continuing to work full time. Jumpstart your career without sacrificing your personal and professional life.


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About Carson-Newman’s Online FNP Programs

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a nationally ranked Christian liberal arts university. An online, yet personal, learning environment connects you with fellow students, faculty, and staff. Faith and learning are combined to create evidence-based online graduate nursing programs designed to transform you into a more autonomous caregiver.

Through its online program and student-centric curriculum, Carson-Newman provides a life-changing education where students come first. Designed for working nurses, Carson-Newman’s affordable FNP programs feature 100% online coursework with no mandatory log-in times, clinical placement service, and exceptional individualized support that prepare graduates to pass the FNP licensure exam.

If you’re ready for the next step in your nursing career, consider the online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner offered by Carson-Newman University and accredited by the CCNE.

For those who already hold an MSN degree, consider pursuing a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate to enjoy all the leadership opportunities, job satisfaction and autonomy of a family primary care provider. For more information, visit