RN Salary in Wisconsin - WI Wages for Registered Nurses
The state of Wisconsin employs 52,880 registered nurses according to May 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean RN salary in Wisconsin is $64,280, or about $30.90 an hour. This is only slightly less than the national average of $67,720 annually or about $32.56 an hour. Accordingly, the cost of living in this state is lower as well. Wisconsin's cost of living is 2.1% below the national average. The median home in this state costs $167,200. As of November 2011, the unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 7.3%. Job growth in the state through 2011 has been negative.
The median annual RN salary in Wisconsin is slightly lower than the mean at $62,470. Registered nurses with earnings in the top ten percent of their occupation make over $84,300 in Wisconsin. Those with earnings in the top 25 percent make more than $72,950. RNs with salaries in the bottom 25 percent make less than $53,690 in this state. Those in the bottom ten percent have salaries of $47,460 or lower. The best way for a registered nurse to increase earnings potential is to obtain advanced degrees such as a bachelors or masters. Nationally, manufacturing companies, the federal executive branch, and the personal care services industry are the top paying industries for RNs.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area of Wisconsin, which also includes parts of Minnesota, has the eighth highest metropolitan employment for registered nurses in the country. There are 34,060 RNs employed here at an average salary of $75,810. This is the highest average RN salary in Wisconsin. Registered nurses with earnings in the top ten percent of their field make more than $98,470 here. Those in the top 25 percent make over $87,550. RNs with salaries in the bottom 25 percent make less than $62,400 while those with salaries in the bottom ten percent earn under $52,060 a year. The cost of living in Bloomington, WI is 17.6% lower than the national average.
The La Crosse area of Wisconsin, which also includes parts of Minnesota, has the lowest average RN salary in Wisconsin. This area employs 2,220 registered nurses with an average annual salary of $55,090. The 90th percentile is $74,960, the 75th percentile is $59,350, the 25th percentile is $44,510 and the 10th percentile is $40,430. The cost of living in La Cross, WI is 11.8% below the national average. Though lower than the state average, this is still higher than Bloomington, WI where the average salary is significantly higher. The median home in La Crosse, WI costs $130,900. Homes here have appreciated by 0.9% over 2011.
What is the average pay for RN in Wisconsin?
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.
Wisconsin RN Salaries
Wisconsin RNs earn an average of $62,140 per year.
Some RNs in Wisconsin earn up to $80,630 per year or more.
Wisconsin RN Hourly Wage
In 2008, the average hourly earnings of Wisconsin RNs was $29.88.
In some cases, RNs in Wisconsin earned up to $38.76 per hour or more.
Find Local or Online
skip to accredited online programs in Wisconsin
Accredited Campus Programs
Accredited Online Programsback to accredited campus programs
Nurse Practitioner Programs, Legal Nurse Consultant Programs,