The average registered nurse (RN) salary in Seattle is $90,730 per year (or $43.62 per hour) as of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Registered Nurse Salary in Seattle vs Other Metro Areas
Seattle has over 30,000 registered nurses and boasts a generous average RN salary of $90,730. However, Seattle also has a high score (113) on the cost of living index, so living there will be expensive. Seattle’s average salary is relatively close to other cities with a high cost of living such as New York City ($93,280), Los Angeles ($106,190), and Boston ($96,510).
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL||54,020||$69,920|
|Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX||60,620||$76,740|
|New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA||174,210||$93,280|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||111,780||$106,190|
|Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX||54,780||$81,350|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI||41,640||$84,400|
Career Outlook for Nurses in Seattle
The state of Washington has about 58,300 RNs overall, with almost a 21% job outlook increase. So, Seattle has a lot of potential to grow and is a great place for nurses to consider. Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN) have a slightly smaller growth projection at 8.4%. However, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have an impressive 28.5% expected projected growth rate.
Other Healthcare Professions Compared to Registered Nurse Salary in Seattle
At a $90,730 average annual salary, RNs in the Seattle area tend to earn about a third more than LPN’s and LVN’s ($60,360). Additionally, RNs earn roughly a third less than NPs ($124,730). Meanwhile, dental hygienists in Seattle tend to earn slightly more than RNs in the area, at $94,930. However, there are far more RN positions in Seattle than these other categories of professions. So, the opportunity in terms of both employment and job availability is highest for RNs.
|Clinical Nurse Specialists||$107,050|
|LPNs / LVNs||$48,500|
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