RN Salary in Tennessee - TN Nursing Opportunities
The state of Tennessee employs approximately 61,890 registered nurses, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean RN salary in Tennessee is $60,480 annually, or about $29.08 an hour. This amount is slightly lower than the national average RN salary of $67,720, or $32.56 an hour. This is compensated for with the lower cost of living here. Tennessee's cost of living is 11.2% lower than the national average, indicating that residents here will be able to sustain the same quality of life on less than they would need to make elsewhere in the country. The median home in Tennessee costs $130,700.
Registered nurses with earnings in the top ten percent of their occupation make more than $82,880 in TN. Those with earnings in the top 25 percent make more than $67,000. The median RN salary in Tennessee is lower than the mean at $56,090. Registered nurses with earnings in the bottom 25 percent of their occupation earn under $49,610 here while those in the bottom ten percent make less than $42,700. Registered nurses can increase their earnings potential by pursuing advanced degrees and additional certifications in their field. Personal care services, the federal executive branch and relevant manufacturing industries offer the highest salaries in this field.
The highest average RN salary in Tennessee can be found in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area. This area employs 14,860 registered nurses with an average annual salary of $64,970. Those with earnings in the top 25 percent make more than $73,390 in this area, while those in the bottom 25 percent make less than $49,610. Though salaries tend to be higher here, living in these areas is more expensive as well. The cost of living in the Nashville-Davidson area is 4.6% lower than the national average, and Murfreesboro is 7.3% lower. The most expensive of these areas if Franklin, TN which is 15.3% more expensive than the national average.
The area with the lowest average RN salary in Tennessee, as recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2010, is the eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area. This area encompasses the counties of Bledsoe, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Rhea, Roane, Sevier and Van Buren as well as the Oak Ridge Reservation. This part of the state employs 1,720 registered nurses. The average annual salary for RNs in the eastern TN nonmetropolitan area is $51,540. Those with earnings in the top 25 percent of their occupation here earned more than $57,610. Those with wages in the bottom 25 percent made less than $42,820 annually.
What is the average pay for RN in Tennessee?
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.
Tennessee RN Salaries
Tennessee RNs earn an average of $59,000 per year.
Some RNs in Tennessee earn up to $79,550 per year or more.
Tennessee RN Hourly Wage
In 2008, the average hourly earnings of Tennessee RNs was $28.37.
In some cases, RNs in Tennessee earned up to $38.24 per hour or more.
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