Registered Nurses in the state of Delaware earn an average salary of $74,330 per year (or $35.74 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Delaware RNs earn between $54,260 and $100,150.
On average, RNs in Delaware earn about 8% less than 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 107.7 in 2020, Delaware nurses face prices for things like food, housing, and transportation that are slightly higher when compared to other states. When adjusted for this higher cost of living, Delaware’s nursing salaries fall further behind the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Delaware||$74,330||$69,016||Get Local Estimates|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimates|
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RN salary across Delaware cities
Delaware nursing salaries vary quite a bit across the state. The areas where nurses are paid the highest are those that overlap with nearby states, such as the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area (average RN salary of $79,980), where the majority of nurses in the state are employed.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Delaware
Overall, “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations” workers in Delaware earn an average salary of $86,370, according to the BLS. How do Delaware RN salaries compare to earnings for similar careers? Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in the state:
|Profession||# Employed in DE||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||2,290||$53,920|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Delaware
There are approximately 12,000 registered nurses in the state of Delaware. Yet, these jobs are still projected to increase by at least 20% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of more than 2,000 new RNs in the state in the coming years.