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Total US Nursing Population
2,824,641 Registered Nurses (RNs) in the US
690,038 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the US
9.1% of RNs are men
7.6% of LPNs are men
The median age for male RNs licensed in 2000 or later is 35, compared with 31 for female RNs.
- 43.6 = average age of LPNs in the US
- 18.3% = percent of LPNs 30 years old or younger
- 44.6 = average age of an RN in the US
- 14.8% = percent of RNs 30 years old or younger
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Race and Ethnicity Statistics
How many nurses identify themselves as black (non-Hispanic)? • There are about 279,600 black RNs and 162,800 LPNs.
How many nurses self-identify as Hispanic or Latino? • There are approximately 135,600 Hispanic/Latino RNs and 51,800 LPNs.
How many nurses identify themselves as Asian? • There are about 234,400 Asian RNs and 24,800 LPNs.
How many nurses identify themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native? • There are about 11,300 American Indian/Alaskan Native RNs and 4,100 LPNs.
Which region of the US has the largest number of minority nurses? • The Pacific region has the highest percentage of minority nurses, with 30.5% of nurses identifying themselves as belonging to a minority.
What is the largest minority nurse group in the Pacific region? • The predominant minority nurse group in the Pacific is those of Asian background; 16% of the nurse population. Asian nurses were also more likely to be a part of the nurse population in the Middle Atlantic and West South Central areas — 7.3% and 5.6%, respectively — than in other parts of the country.
In which region(s) of the US would one find the largest number of black and/or African American nurses? • Black or African American (non-Hispanic) nurses were more prevalent among the nurse population in the South Atlantic (9.5%), West South Central (8.8%), and East South Central (7.7%) areas than anywhere else.
In which region(s) is one most likely to be a Hispanic or Latino nurse? • Hispanic or Latino nurses were more likely to be found among the nurses in the West South Central (7.8%), Pacific (6.7%), and Mountain (6.1%) areas.
Nearly 85% of the RN population, or about 2,596,600 RNs, are employed in nursing.
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Which nursing group is most likely to have a bachelor’s degree? • Asian/Pacific Islander nurses are more likely than all other nurses to have entered the profession with a bachelor’s degree — 69.6% of Asian RNs entered the profession with a bachelor’s or higher degree.
14.6% of black or African-American nurses have related master’s or doctoral degrees, compared to 13.4% of white nurses.
What is the average number of hours worked a week by an RN?
• An RN works an average 37 hours a week.
What is the average annual salary for a full-time RN?
• The average annual salary for a full-time employed RN is $67,930.
What is the average annual salary for a full-time LPN?
• The average annual salary for a full-time employed LPN is $42,400.
What are the average annual earnings for a staff nurse?
• The average annual salary for a staff nurse is $61,706.
What is the average salary of a nurse who holds a graduate degree?
• A nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree makes an average $87,363 a year.
Nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) have the highest earnings of all employed nurses, averaging $154,390 annually.
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1.Data/Statistics, The Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
2. CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013, US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MMWR 2013;62(Suppl 3):1-187