RN Salary in Missouri - Residential Nursing Outlook in MO
According the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2010, the state of Missouri employed about 66,810 residential nurses. The average RN salary in Missouri is $59,140 or $28.43 an hour. RNs with earnings in the top 25 percent of their field earn more than $68,730. Those with earnings in the bottom 25 percent make less than $45,660. These figures are lower than the national figures which are $67,720 on average, $79,020 for the 75th percentile and $52,980 for the 25th percentile. However, the cost of living balances some of the discrepancy. Missouri's cost of living is 9.9% lower than the national average.
The Cape Girardeau-Jackson area of Missouri and Illinois has the ninth greatest concentration of registered nurse jobs in the United States. Approximately 1,770 RNs are employed here. RNs represent 37.71 of every thousand jobs in the area. The mean annual wage here is $56,630. RN salaries in the top 25 percent are higher than $64,810 while those in the bottom 25 percent are less than $43,620. The median RN salary in the Cape Girardeau-Jackson area is $52,440. Though these figures are lower than the average RN salary in Missouri, the cost of living in these areas is slightly lower as well.
The St. Louis area of both Missouri and Illinois represents the seventh largest metropolitan employer of registered nurses. This area employs about 35,270 RNs at an average salary of $60,300. St. Louis also offers the second highest average RN salary in Missouri as recorded by the BLS. RNs with salaries above the 75th percentile here make more than $71,380. Those earning below the 25th percentile make less than $47,240. Despite the fact that earnings here are higher than in the rest of the state, the cost of living is not. The cost of living in St. Louis is 10% lower than the national average.
The highest average RN salary in Missouri can be found in Kansas City. The average RN salary here is $64,520. Kansas City is second only to St. Louis for employing the largest number of Missouri registered nurses. This city employed about 21,760 RNs as of May 2010. RNs with earnings in the top 25 percent made more than $70,710. Those with earnings in the bottom 25 percent earned under $50,440. It should be noted, however, that the cost of living in Kansas City is only 6.6% lower than the national average. This is higher than both the state average and the cost of living in comparable cities such as St. Louis.
What is the average pay for RN in Missouri?
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.
Missouri RN Salaries
Missouri RNs earn an average of $56,670 per year.
Some RNs in Missouri earn up to $77,820 per year or more.
Missouri RN Hourly Wage
In 2008, the average hourly earnings of Missouri RNs was $27.24.
In some cases, RNs in Missouri earned up to $37.41 per hour or more.
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