RN Salary in North Carolina - NC Nurses' Earnings
North Carolina employs about 90,730 registered nurses according to May 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average RN salary in North Carolina is $60,260. Registered nurses with earnings about the 75th percentile here make more than $67,920 annually. RNs with earnings below the 25th percentile make less than $49,000. The median salary in North Carolina is less than the mean at $57,870. These earnings are slightly lower than national averages, but the cost of living in NC is generally in line with this. The cost of living in North Carolina is 6% lower than the national average. The median home here costs about $136,900.
North Carolina has two of the nation's top ten metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of registered nurses. Durham, NC is in fifth place with 11,070 RNs. In this city, registered nurses represent 41.45 of every thousand jobs. The average RN salary in Durham is $63,030. This is slightly higher than the average RN salary in North Carolina. The city with the sixth highest concentration of registered nurses in the United States is Winston-Salem, NC. Winston-Salem employs 8,120 RNs representing 40.8 of every thousand jobs in this city. The average RN salary in Winston-Salem is almost identical to the state's average at $60,220.
The highest average RN salary in North Carolina is found in Durham, NC. This city employs about 11,070 registered nurses according to the BLS. The average RN salary here is $63,030. The 90th percentile for RN salaries here is $87,620, and the 75th percentile is $73,300. The 50th percentile is $60,860, the 25th percentile is $49,040 and the 10th percentile is $42,550. The cost of living in Durham, though lower than the national average, is 5.9% higher than the average cost of living in North Carolina. This will offset much of the increase in the salary here. The median Durham, NC home costs $180,100.
The lowest average RN salary in North Carolina can typically be found in the nonmetropolitan areas of the state. In general, the cost of living in these areas will be lower as well. The average RN salary in the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area, which employs 3,560 RNs, is $55,760. In the Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area, 3,370 RNs are employed with an average salary of $55,850. The Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has an average RN salary of $59,210 for 4,870 registered nurses. The other collective North Carolina nonmetropolitan areas employ 5,820 RNs at an average RN salary of $58,550.
What is the average pay for RN in North Carolina?
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.
North Carolina RN Salaries
North Carolina RNs earn an average of $57,790 per year.
Some RNs in North Carolina earn up to $76,420 per year or more.
North Carolina RN Hourly Wage
In 2008, the average hourly earnings of North Carolina RNs was $27.78.
In some cases, RNs in North Carolina earned up to $36.74 per hour or more.
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