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Your Guide to Registered Nurse (RN) Salary in Texas

This guide to registered nurse pay in Texas presents valuable financial information for RNs in the state. Let’s start with average wages throughout Texas:

Area Cities and Towns Hourly Mean Wage Weekly Mean Wage Monthly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land The Woodlands and Sugar Land, Pearland, Pasadena, League City, Conroe, Houston $42.73 $1,709.20 $7,406.67 $88,880
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Richardson, Plano, Mesquite, McKinney, Lewisville, Grand Praire, Garland, Frisco, Allen, Denton, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Arlington $42.24 $1,689.60 $7,320.83 $87,850
Austin-Round Rock Round Rock, Austin $41.69 $1,667.60 $7,226.67 $86,720
San Antonio-New Braunfels Boerne, San Antonio $39.92 $1,596.80 $6,920 $83,040
Killeen-Temple Killeen $39.44 $1,577.60 $6,836.67 $82,040
Midland Midland $39.34 $1,573.60 $6,818.33 $81,820
Victoria Victoria $38.73 $1,549.20 $6,713.33 $80,560
Waco Waco $38.36 $1,534.40 $6,648.33 $79,780
Beaumont-Port Arthur Beaumont $37.97 $1,518.80 $6,581.67 $78,980
Amarillo Amarillo $37.88 $1,515.20 $6,566.67 $78,800
College Station-Bryan College Station $37.59 $1,503.60 $6,515 $78,180
Odessa Odessa $37.54 $1,501.60 $6,507.50 $78,090
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area Arthur City $37.40 $1,496.00 $6,482.50 $77,790
Lubbock Lubbock $37.36 $1,494.40 $6,475.83 $77,710
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area Center Point $37.17 $1,486.80 $6,442.50 $77,310
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi $37.04 $1,481.60 $6,420.83 $77,050
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area Sand Springs $36.81 $1,472.40 $6,380 $76,560
Laredo Laredo $36.73 $1,469.20 $6,365.83 $76,390
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area Grapeland $36.70 $1,468.00 $6,360.83 $76,330
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission McAllen, Edinburg $36.44 $1,457.60 $6,316.67 $75,800
Sherman-Denison Sherman, Denison $36.43 $1,457.20 $6,314.17 $75,770
El Paso El Paso $36.36 $1,454.40 $6,302.50 $75,630
San Angelo San Angelo $36.06 $1,442.40 $6,250.83 $75,010
Tyler Tyler $35.96 $1,438.40 $6,233.33 $74,800
Wichita Falls Wichita Falls $35.64 $1,425.60 $6,177.50 $74,130
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area Conception $35.27 $1,410.80 $6,113.33 $73,360
Brownsville-Harlingen Brownsville $35.07 $1,402.80 $6,079.17 $72,950
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area Asherton $35.06 $1,402.40 $6,077.50 $72,930
Texarkana, TX-AR Texarkana $34.91 $1,396.40 $6,050.83 $72,610
Longview Longview $34.37 $1,374.80 $5,958.33 $71,500
Abilene Abilene $34.34 $1,373.60 $5,953.33 $71,440

This resource provides publicly available information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the MIT Living Wage Calculator about average RN salaries, employment, location quotient, and living wage in Texas (most recent information as of December 2023). While Nursa currently offers independent contractor RNs in Texas the opportunity to access per diem jobs that pay on an hourly basis rather than access to salaried or wage-based employment opportunities, this information may be a helpful frame of reference for you as you assess the market landscape both in regard to per diem jobs and employment opportunities.

RNs can spend time relaxing in nature on their days off work in Texas.

What’s the Average RN Salary in Texas?

The mean RN wage in Texas is $84,320 per year or $40.54 per hour, which is lower than the national mean wage of $89,010 annually and $42.80 per hour.

Although income for nurses in Texas is generally lower than the national average, nurse pay is variable; not all RNs in Texas earn precisely the same wage. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides the typical range of RN mean wages in Texas into the following percentiles:

  • 90th percentile: $105,270
  • 75th percentile: $96,230
  • 50th percentile: $79,830
  • 25th percentile: $66,810
  • 10th percentile: $61,950

These averages show that 80 percent of RNs in Texas earn between $61,950 and $105,270 per year. Only 10 percent of RNs make above $105,270, and 10 percent make less than $61,950. 

How Much Do Nurses Make in Texas?

Whereas the average registered nurse income in Texas typically ranges from $61,950 to $105,270, nationally, the average registered nurse income typically ranges from $61,250 to $129,400.

Below is a table detailing the mean RN wage in the states surrounding Texas and the difference with the average pay for this state:

State Mean Annual RN Wage Difference with the Mean Annual RN Wage in Texas
New Mexico $85,580 +$1,260
Oklahoma $76,920 -$7,400
Louisiana $75,920 -$8,400
Arkansas $66,530 -$17,790

As can be seen, Texas has a higher mean RN wage than Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas, falling below New Mexico only by $1,260. Overall, RNs in Texas have competitive pay for the area.

What are the Highest-Paying Cities for RNs in Texas?

Knowing how much you can earn in Texas may help you choose the best option when considering independent contractor work or applying for salaried or wage-based employment.

As we can see in the table, some of the highest-paying cities for RNs in Texas are The Woodlands and Sugar Land, Pearland, Pasadena, League City, Conroe, and Houston. However, per diem jobs offer such competitive rates that any location can potentially be a high-paying city for RNs. Below is a list of cities with per diem jobs offering high rates for registered nurses:

How Can I Earn More as a Registered Nurse in Texas?

Earning more per hour as a registered nurse is possible and straightforward. As mentioned, per diem shifts generally offer significantly higher hourly pay than staff positions. For this reason, many RNs choose to pick up these jobs on the side or even full-time. Of course, many other factors influence earnings, such as the following:

  • Location: As we have seen, the city or town you live in can significantly influence your potential earnings. 
  • Type of facility: In any given city, the specific setting you work in can also affect your income. For example, RNs in nursing homes typically earn less than RNs in hospitals.
  • Specialization: RNs with experience in specialized areas, like the intensive care unit (ICU) or the emergency room (ER), can often find higher-paying jobs than registered nurses without this experience.

What Is the Cost of Living in Texas?

The cost of living in Texas depends on many factors and is different for each type of household. Here are some cost of living considerations for Texas:

Living Wage for One Adult Living Wage for One Adult and One Child Living Wage for Two Adults (One Working) and One Child Average Hourly Wage in Texas
Hourly Wage $16.79 $33.92 $33.05 $40.54

In Texas, registered nurses generally earn more than the basic living wage. Based on the previous data, they even earn enough to support a family of three on one source of income. However, RNs can make even higher hourly wages with Nursa, which helps per diem clinicians connect with healthcare facilities that need coverage.

How Many RNs Are There in Texas?

Relax on your days off work as an RN in Texas.

According to the BLS, there are 231,060 registered nurses employed in Texas—or 17.78 RNs per 1,000 jobs. Although this number may seem high, there is a lower concentration of RNs in Texas than the national average. Whereas the location quotient of RNs nationwide equals one, the LQ in Texas is 0.86.

How to Become an RN in Texas?

With certain considerations, to obtain a Texas RN license, applicants must complete the following steps:

  • Complete an RN nursing program approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Complete a criminal background check.
  • Pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

After completing these steps, aspiring RNs can apply for licensure and typically begin their nursing careers. 

Here are some of the top nursing schools in Texas:

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Schreiner University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Texas at Tyler

If you are already an RN, here is the Texas RN license verification portal, where you can check the status of your license.

How Can I Find Per Diem Independent Contractor Jobs near Me?

Finding registered nursing jobs in Texas is easy with the help of Nursa. To find jobs near you, all you need to do is download the application, create an account with your RN credentials, and search for per diem jobs near you. Licensed vocational nurse (LVN), certified nursing assistant (CNA), and RN jobs in Texas are plentiful, as healthcare facilities are constantly looking for nurses and nursing assistants. Browse available per diem RN jobs in Texas today.

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