Average Primary Care Nurse Salary in California

Primary care nurses in California earn an average of $130,735 per year (or $62.86 per hour).

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55% higher than the national average
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California primary care nurses earn 55% higher than the national average salary for primary care nurses, at $84,172 (or $40.46 per hour).

Primary care nurse salary range in California

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $174,616 $83
75th Percentile $164,399 $79
Median $132,148 $63
25th Percentile $104,335 $50

80% of California primary care nurses earn between $82,310 and $174,616.

Cost-of-living adjusted primary care nurse salary in California

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, California primary care nurses earn about $118,419 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 primary care nurses

Santa Clara, CA $163,661 per year
Hayward, CA $159,876 per year
Sacramento, CA $142,849 per year
Fresno, CA $126,338 per year
Lodi, CA $126,096 per year
Los Angeles, CA $122,416 per year
Ventura, CA $120,751 per year
Carlsbad, CA $119,296 per year
Ontario, CA $117,767 per year
Bakersfield, CA $112,906 per year

California nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where primary care nurses are paid the highest is Santa Clara, where the average primary care nurses salary is $163,661 and 20,640 registered nurses are currently employed. The Hayward area comes in second, with a $159,876 average primary care nurse salary and 41,160 registered nurses employed.

Primary care nurses salaries in other states

Oregon $92,939 per year
Massachusetts $98,004 per year
Washington $101,706 per year
New York $85,854 per year
Nevada $107,700 per year
New Jersey $101,920 per year
Connecticut $83,322 per year
Minnesota $71,597 per year
Maryland $86,698 per year
Arizona $85,485 per year

How much do other nurses get paid in California?

Transport Nurse $150,607 per year
Transplant Nurse $144,331 per year
Fertility Nurse $142,700 per year
Reproductive Nurse $142,700 per year
Endoscopy Nurse $139,102 per year
Cath Lab Nurse $135,964 per year
Womens Health Nurse $135,964 per year
ENT Nurse $135,964 per year
Nurse Educator $130,735 per year
Research Nurse $130,212 per year

At a $130,735 average annual salary, primary care nurses in California tend to earn less than transport nurses ($150,607), transplant nurses ($144,331), fertility nurses ($142,700), reproductive nurses ($142,700), endoscopy nurses ($139,102), cath lab nurses ($135,964), womens health nurses ($135,964), and ENT nurses ($135,964). They tend to earn more than nurse educators ($130,735) and research nurses ($130,212).

More about primary care nurses

A primary care nurse is a registered nurse who works in an outpatient primary care office. Primary care nurses are well versed on a variety of healthcare issues since they handle a wide array of patient issues.

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