RN Salary in Louisiana - Working as a Louisiana Registered Nurse
The state of Louisiana employed 40,780 registered nurses as of May 2010 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average RN salary in Louisiana at that time was $62,060, or about $29.84 an hour. The tenth percentile for this salary is $42,860. The 25th percentile is $49,800 and the median wage is $58,700. For Louisiana registered nurses, the 75th percentile for annual wages is $69,780 and the 90th percentile is $84,060. These figures all fall below the national averages for this profession. Offsetting some of the difference is the fact that the cost of living in Louisiana is about 11.1% lower than the national average.
The majority of registered nurses in Louisiana work in the large metropolitan area of New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner. This part of the state employs 13,310 RNs. The average RN salary here is moderately higher than the average RN salary in Louisiana as a whole. Registered nurses here earn $65,670 a year on average. Registered nurses with earnings above the 90th percentile earn more than $86,950 while those below the 10th percentile make less than $46,800. The cost of living in New Orleans is higher than the average for the state at just 3.1% below the national average. The median house in this area costs $178,500.
The city with the highest RN salary in Louisiana is Lafayette. This city, with a population of 111,000 people, employs approximately 2,620 registered nurses as of May 2010. The average RN salary here is $70,480. Those at the top of their field with earnings in the top ten percent make more than $123,480. In the bottom ten percent, RN salaries in Lafayette are less than $43,450. The cost of living is moderate in comparison with the rest of the state at 6.5% below the national average. Registered nurses with the ability to command a high salary can live extremely comfortably here.
The areas with the lowest RN salary in Louisiana include Baton Rouge, the Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area and the Houma-Bayou-Thibodaux areas of Louisiana. RNs in the Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area have an average annual salary of $56,580. In Baton Rouge, the average RN salary is $56,790. Among Louisiana areas, the Houma-Bayou-Cane-Thibodaux area of Louisiana has the lowest average salary recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here, RNs have a mean salary of $55,910. The cost of living in these areas does not always offset the drop in salary. This can make it more difficult for RNs to sustain the same quality of life here that they might elsewhere in the state.
What is the average pay for RN in Louisiana?
The RN pay scale varies per state throughout the United States.
RN pay scale may also vary by employer.
An individual's compensation may also vary based on work experience.
Louisiana RN Salaries
Louisiana RNs earn an average of $59,320 per year.
Some RNs in Louisiana earn up to $79,890 per year or more.
Louisiana RN Hourly Wage
In 2008, the average hourly earnings of Louisiana RNs was $28.52.
In some cases, RNs in Louisiana earned up to $38.41 per hour or more.
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