Registered Nurses in the state of Florida earn an average salary of $69,510 per year (or $33.42 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Florida RNs earn between $50,220 and $93,500.
On average, RNs in Florida earn about 14% 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 99.8 in 2020, Florida nurses face prices for things like food, housing, and transportation that are roughly in the middle compared to other states. So, their earnings are still a bit lower than average even when adjusted for cost of living.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Florida||$69,510||$69,649||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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RN salary across Florida cities
Florida’s nursing salaries vary quite a bit across the state. The highest-paying region is Miami, with an average RN salary of $72,300. Other major metro areas like Tampa (avg RN salary $71,300) and Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island (avg RN salary $68,930) are also above the typical statewide nurse earnings. At the bottom is Sebastian, where the average RN salary is just $60,430 however, the total number of nurses employed in this area is very low.
|FL Metro Area||Avg. RN Salary|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL||$72,300|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL||$71,300|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||$70,850|
|The Villages, FL||$70,440|
|North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL||$70,240|
|Punta Gorda, FL||$69,780|
|Port St. Lucie, FL||$69,320|
|Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL||$68,930|
|Homosassa Springs, FL||$68,100|
|Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL||$67,600|
|North Florida nonmetropolitan area||$66,790|
|Panama City, FL||$66,620|
|Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL||$66,090|
|South Florida nonmetropolitan area||$64,390|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL||$62,840|
|Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL||$62,710|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL||$60,640|
|Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL||$60,430|
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RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Florida
At $69,510 average annual salary, Registered Nurses in Florida tend to earn a fair amount less than many other types of healthcare workers in the state. Across all these professions, “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations” workers in Florida earn an average salary of $80,240, according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Florida:
|Profession||# Employed in FL||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||41,560||$46,710|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Florida
There are over 183,130 Registered Nurses and more than 13,010 Nurse Practitioners in the state of Florida. Yet, these jobs are still projected to increase by 16% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of 30,530 new RNs in the state in the coming years.