Registered Nurses in the state of Arizona earn an average salary of $78,330 per year (or $37.66 per hour) as of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Arizona RNs earn between $56,020 and $101,870.
On average, RNs in Arizona earn about 1% more than the national average salary for nurses, at $77,460 (or $37.24 per hour).
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Among other factors, the cost of living in a given region can impact what nurses tend to earn working in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 101.3 in Q3 2020, Arizona nurses face prices for things like food, housing, and transportation that roughly similar to those in other states. When adjusted for cost of living, Arizona’s nursing salaries are very close to the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)|
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RN salary across Arizona cities
Arizona nursing salaries vary quite a bit from region to region across the state. The area where nurses are paid the highest is in the nonmetropolitan region in the eastern part of the state. Here, the average RN salary is $85,510 but there are only around two thousand practicing RNs. Prescott (average RN salary of $79,370) and Phoenix (average RN salary of $79,200) come in as 2nd/3rd places.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Arizona nonmetropolitan area||2,050||$85,510|
|Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ||540||$69,550|
|Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ||1,070||$69,450|
RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Arizona
Overall, “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations” workers in Arizona earn an average salary of $87,370, according to the BLS. Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in the state:
|Profession||# Employed in AZ||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||7,600||$54,290|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Arizona
There are over 50,000 registered nurses in the state of Arizona. Yet, nursing jobs in the state are still projected to increase by 35% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of thousands of new RNs in the state in the coming years.
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