Nursing Programs in California

Nursing Jobs in California (Outlook)

With top employers like Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Memorial hospital, California is a great state to begin your journey as a nurse. Nursing schools in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco offer great education in order to receive your BSN, MSN, or even a CNA certification.

And to top it off, registered nurse salaries in California are the highest in the entire country averaging over $90,000 per year.

Quick California Nursing Facts

  • Over 230 nursing schools in California
  • Over 240,000 registered nurses in the state
  • Top 5 paying metropolitan areas in the U.S.
  • More then 7% of vacant jobs in hospital available for nurses
  • Over 200,000 job openings currently available

Top Nursing Schools in California


California Nursing Statistics

Approximate Number of Registered Nurses: 250,230
Hourly Average Wage: $43.68
Yearly Average Wage: $90,860
Employment per thousand jobs: 18%

Approximate Number of LPN/LVN: 64,460
Hourly Average Wage: $24.58
Yearly Average Wage: $51,130
Employment per thousand jobs: 5%

Top Nursing Employers in California

  1. Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
  2. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  3. Laguna Honda Hospital
  4. Loma Linda University Medical Center
  5. Sutter Memorial Hospital

California State References:

State Nursing Board: California State Board of Nursing
State Nurses Association: California Nurses Association
State Hospital Association: California Hospital Association