Registered Nurses in the state of Arkansas earn an average annual salary of $63,640 per year (or $30.60 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Arkansas RNs earn between $44,660 and $82,480.
On average, RNs in Arkansas earn about 22% less 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 in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 88.1 in 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)|
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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 $69,060. The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rodgers area comes in at a close second at $63,830. Those within Pine Bluff can expect to earn about $62,310.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||9,550||$69,060|
|Pine Bluff, AR||740||$62,310|
|Hot Springs, AR||1,010||$62,030|
|Fort Smith, AR-OK||2,180||$59,220|
Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Arkansas
At a $63,640 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 $84,410-$106,210, 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||11,540||$41,760|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Arkansas
There are about 25,300 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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