10 worst states for nurse pay vs. cost of living

The minimum cost of living in many states in the U.S. eats up the majority of the average nurse salary, according to data from ZipRecruiter and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Living Wage Calculator.

Hawaii is the most costly, with minimum living expenses taking up 81 percent of the average nurse salary for those who are single with no children. That means they are left with only $10,763 for the year after minimum living expenses are paid.

The minimum cost of living in each state was provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Living Wage Calculator. The cost of living is for a single adult with no children, before taxes.

State

Avg. annual nurse salary

Avg. cost of living

CoL salary burden

Hawaii

$56,510

$45,747

81%

New Jersey

$53,207

$42,775

80.4%

Oregon

$51,027

$40,587

79.5%

California

$58,179

$45,382

78%

Massachusetts

$58,450

$45,517

77.9%

Florida

$47,702

$35,858

75.2%

New York

$62,387

$45,738

73.3%

Georgia

$50,611

$36,686

72.5%

Connecticut

$54,876

$39,526

72%

Minnesota

$51,955

$36,898

71%



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