Becker’s Hospital Review today does the good work of grouping together the most recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in a post that runs through average registered nurse wages by state. The numbers apply to May 2017, and the average yearly salary for an RN in Texas is $72,070. I count 18 states that are higher, starting at the top with California ($102,700) and Hawaii ($96,990). That post—here.
My quick addition is to drill down a twist further into BLS’ metro-area data. The respective metros of Fort Worth-Arlington and Dallas-Plano-Irving come in as the third- and fourth-highest paid in the state. RNs in Fort Worth-Arlington make $75,100 a year and in Dallas-Plano-Irving, it’s $74,480.
Those are bested only by Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland ($79,060) and Corpus Christi ($78,470). Austin-Round Rock ($68,780) and San Antonio-New Braunfels ($68,020) come in lower.