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Arizona RN Salary, Wage Earnings, & Hourly Pay Scale

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual RN salary in Arizona was $71,010 as of May, 2013. This corresponds to about $34.14 per hour. This is higher than the national average of $65,470 per year or $31.48 per hour. Arizona's earnings are consistent with the cost of living in this state, which is slightly higher than the national average. In the state of Arizona, registered nurses with earnings in the top 10 percent of their field made more than $92,700. Those with earnings in the bottom ten percent made 52,540 or less annually.

Arizona employed approximately 46,290 nurses as of May 2013. Of these, about 32,410 were in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area of the state. This is more than half of the total number of registered nurses in Arizona. In this area, the median annual salary is $72,640, which is slightly higher than the state average.

The area of Arizona with the highest median salary is Prescott, where RNs earn an average of 74,570 per year and 35.85 per hour. Those with earnings in the bottom ten percent in Flagstaff make less than $50,410 annually. Meanwhile, registered nurses in this city with earnings in the top ten percent make more than $93,650 per year. The second highest-paying Arizona metropolitan area for registered nurses is the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area previously mentioned.

Nationally, the job outlook for registered nurses from 2012 to 2022 is positive. The BLS predicts that this field will grow 19 percent over this time period, which is faster than the national average for all occupations. The RN salary in Arizona is very competitive with other parts of the nation. As of March 2014, Arizona had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent overall, which might indicate that it could be difficult to find a job here. Registered nurses in the area can increase their chances of finding work by obtaining further education in their field or becoming certified in a specialty area. Nurses with the highest level of education and experience will be in the highest demand.



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