Nurses make up one of the most important and underappreciated professions in the country. Believe it or not, it's also one of the most dangerous jobs you can have in America. In my opinion, they deserve all the compensation they can get based on what they do each and every shift! I think you could even argue that they're underpaid, which is why this is pretty interesting.

Forbes recently took a look at the annual salary of a registered nurse in each state, comparing where a nurse can make the most and the least money, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Surprisingly, Minnesota just barely missed the Top 10. Check this out:

1. California: $106,950
2. Hawaii: $98,080
3. Massachusetts: $92,140
4. Oregon: $91,140
5. Alaska: $89,310
6. Nevada: $85,620
7. New York: $85,610
8. New Jersey: $82,750
9. Washington: $82,670
10. Connecticut: $81,220
11. Minnesota: $78,920

What gives, Minnesota? Surely we can do better than Connecticut, you guys. Considering Rochester is one of the biggest medical hubs in the country, you'd think we'd have made the Top 10.

On the bright side? Minnesota nurses are doing quite a bit better than our neighbors to the south: Iowa nurses ranked #48 with an average salary of $59,130. You can check out the full list here.

Source: Forbes

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