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MD RN Salary, Wage Earnings, & Hourly Pay Scale


According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland employed 46,070 registered nurses as of May 2013. At this time, the average RN salary in Maryland was $70,810 or $34.04 per hour. This is slightly above the national average of $65,470 for the occupation. RN salaries in Maryland ranged from below $51,500 to upwards of $92,970 in 2013. At the time, 50 percent of nurse salaries fell between the range of $59,590 and $83,830, with the median salary of $70,810. Offsetting much of this higher salary is the increased cost of living in this state. The Maryland cost of living was about 20 percent higher than the national average in 2013.

The majority of registered nurses in Maryland are employed in the Baltimore-Towson metropolitan area. According to the BLS, this part of the state employed 28,620 RNs as of May 2013. The average salary here was $71,130. This is slightly higher than the average RN salary for the state. Baltimore is an excellent prospect for registered nurses seeking work for other reasons as well. According to Forbes, the cost of living in this city is about 13 percent below the national average and well below average for the state.

The highest RN salary in Maryland can be found in the Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg metropolitan division. This area employed approximately 8,170 RNs in May of 2013. The average salary for RNs here was $75,520. Those with earnings above the 75th percentile made more than $95,420 while those below the 25th percentile earned under $63,310. However, the higher salaries here are offset by the cost of living in some areas. The cost of living in the D.C. suburbs is well above the national average.

Registered nurses can maximize their earning potential by seeking continuing education and specialized certification. In addition, those with more nursing experience are likely to earn higher salaries.

Resources

  • http://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cost_of_living/index.stm
  • http://www.forbes.com/places/md/baltimore/

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