Registered Nurses in the state of Alaska earn an average annual salary of $95,270 per year (or $45.81 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Alaska RNs earn between $65,530 and $126,260
On average, RNs in Alaska earn about 17% more than the national average salary for nurses, at $80,010 (or $38.47 per hour).
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The cost of living in a region can impact what nurses tend to earn working in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 128.0 in Q3 2020, nurses in Alaska can expect higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states. So, it’s understandable that their earnings would also be a higher than the national average.
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Average RN Salary In Alaska Cities
Alaska RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the non-metropolitan areas, with average RN salaries at around $99,090. Anchorage is a close second at $88,860. RNs located in Fairbanks can expect to earn about $85,150.
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Alaska
At a $90,500 average annual salary, Registered Nurses in Alaska tend to earn slightly less than some other types of healthcare workers in the state. Across all these professions, “Nurse Practitioners” and “Physical Therapists” workers in Alaska earn an average salary ranging between $102,650-$115,890, according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Alaska:
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Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Alaska
About 6,000 Registered Nurses reside in the state of Alaska. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 7% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of 400 new RNs in the state in the coming years.