Average PACU Nurse Salary in California

PACU nurses in California earn an average of $127,786 per year (or $61.44 per hour).

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47% higher than the national average
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California PACU nurses earn 47% higher than the national average salary for PACU nurses, at $86,786 (or $41.72 per hour).

PACU nurse salary range in California

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $170,676 $82
75th Percentile $160,691 $77
Median $129,167 $62
25th Percentile $101,981 $49

80% of California PACU nurses earn between $80,453 and $170,676.

Cost-of-living adjusted PACU nurse salary in California

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, California PACU nurses earn about $115,748 per year. Cost-of-living in California is 10% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in California for PACU nurses

Santa Clara, CA $159,969 per year
Hayward, CA $156,270 per year
Sacramento, CA $139,626 per year
Fresno, CA $123,488 per year
Lodi, CA $123,251 per year
Los Angeles, CA $119,655 per year
Ventura, CA $118,026 per year
Carlsbad, CA $116,604 per year
Ontario, CA $115,110 per year
Bakersfield, CA $110,359 per year

California nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where PACU nurses are paid the highest is Santa Clara, where the average PACU nurses salary is $159,969 and 20,640 registered nurses are currently employed. The Hayward area comes in second, with a $156,270 average PACU nurse salary and 41,160 registered nurses employed.

PACU nurses salaries in other states

Oregon $105,894 per year
Massachusetts $118,103 per year
Washington $97,794 per year
New York $98,919 per year
Nevada $89,750 per year
New Jersey $97,843 per year
Connecticut $99,986 per year
Minnesota $87,077 per year
Maryland $79,159 per year
Arizona $83,542 per year

How much do other nurses get paid in California?

Transport Nurse $150,607 per year
Transplant Nurse $144,331 per year
Reproductive Nurse $142,700 per year
Fertility Nurse $142,700 per year
Endoscopy Nurse $139,102 per year
Womens Health Nurse $135,964 per year
ENT Nurse $135,964 per year
Cath Lab Nurse $135,964 per year
Nurse Educator $130,735 per year
Primary Care Nurse $130,735 per year

At a $127,786 average annual salary, PACU nurses in California tend to earn less than transport nurses ($150,607), transplant nurses ($144,331), reproductive nurses ($142,700), fertility nurses ($142,700), endoscopy nurses ($139,102), womens health nurses ($135,964), ENT nurses ($135,964), cath lab nurses ($135,964), nurse educators ($130,735), and primary care nurses ($130,735).

More about PACU nurses

A PACU nurse cares for patients who have undergone surgery or are recovering from procedures requiring anesthesia.

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Data sources: rn salary data, cost of living data, proprietary data from Incredible Health