If you're a registered nurse living in Austin, you've chosen one the best cities for your profession. Austin-based SpareFoot recently released a list of the 10 best U.S. cities for registered nurses, which shows Texas is a prime destination.
The site teamed up with Indeed to find the 10 metro areas with the most job listings for registered nurses as well as the average salaries for those positions in each city. SpareFoot also aggregated the median rent and home prices based on 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The site then ranked each metro area based on these metrics, giving twice as much weight to job availability.
Austin, which ranks No. 7 on the list, ranks seventh for both share of jobs and salaries. The Capital City has 8.4 percent of the nursing jobs among the top 10 cities. Nurses in Austin earn an average salary of $65,000. Austin ranks sixth for both salary as percentage of home price (33.9 percent) and rent as a percentage of income (18.2 percent).
Houston ranks first in every category, leading SpareFoot to say the city is "hands-down the best metro area for registered nurses." The Houston metro has the largest share of nursing jobs, 14.6 percent. The city also offers the highest average salary for registered nurses ($78,000) as well a low median home price ($141,400) and median annual rent ($10,728).
Dallas comes in at No. 3, with registered nurses making an average salary of $71,000 and a median home price of $150,000. Additionally, San Antonio ranks No. 5, with an average salary of $62,000 and a median home price of $131,100.