Registered Nurses in the state of Colorado earn an average salary of $77,860 per year (or $37.43 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Colorado RNs earn between $55,820 and $104,070.
On average, RNs in Colorado earn just under the national average salary for nurses, at $80,010 (or $38.47 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 105 in Q3 2020, Colorado nurses face prices for things like food, housing, and transportation that are roughly in the middle compared to other states. So, it’s not surprising that their salaries would be similar to the nationwide average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Colorado||$77,860||$74,722||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80.010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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RN salary across Colorado cities
The regions in Colorado where nurses are paid the highest salaries on average are concentrated in the northwest and central parts of the state. These areas are home to metros like Boulder (average RN salary of $82,780) and Denver (average RN salary of $79,300).
|CO Metro Area||Avg. RN Salary|
|Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area||$78,810|
|Fort Collins, CO||$76,960|
|Colorado Springs, CO||$76,640|
|Grand Junction, CO||$76,160|
|Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area||$69,980|
|Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area||$66,210|
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RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Colorado
At $77,860 average annual salary, Registered Nurses in Colorado tend to earn slightly less than many other types of healthcare workers in the state. Across all these professions, “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations” workers in Colorado earn an average salary of $87,730, according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Colorado:
|Profession||# Employed in CO||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||4,960||$54,310|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Colorado
There are over 52,330 Registered Nurses and more than 3,080 Nurse Practitioners in the state of Colorado. Yet, these jobs are projected to increase by nearly 30% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of 15,630 new RNs in the state in the coming years.