Average RN salaries in Arkansas can vary on a number of things. RNs can expect to earn an estimated annual salary of $61,330 per year (or $29.49 per hour) as of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The cost of living in a region can impact what nurses tend to earn in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 87.8 in Q3 2020, nurses in Arkansas can expect cheaper prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states. So, it’s understandable that their earnings would also be lower than the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)|
Average RN Salary In Arkansas Cities
Arkansas RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs include Little Rock, with average RN salaries at around $66,300. Pine Bluff is coming in at a close second at $62,830. Those within the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area can expect to earn about $60,870.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||9,380||$66,300|
|Fort Smith, AR-OK||2,310||$59,120|
|Pine Bluff, AR||640||$62,830|
|Hot Springs, AR||990||$61,380|
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Arkansas
At a $61,330 average annual salary, RNs in Arkansas tend to earn slightly less than other healthcare workers in the state. Across all these professions, “Nurse Practitioners” and “Physical Therapists” workers in Arkansas earn an average salary ranging between $85,710-$105,840, according to the BLS.
Here is a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Arkansas:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||11,810||$40,760|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Arkansas
There are about 26,270 Registered Nurses in Arkansas. There are even more jobs expected to become available for RNs in Arkansas. RN positions are projected to increase by about 14% from 2018 to 2028. This an increase of 3,550 new RNs in Arkansas in the coming years.
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