Registered Nurses in the state of Georgia earn an average annual salary of $71,510 per year (or $34.38 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Georgia RNs earn between $51,270 and $98,810.
On average, RNs in Georgia earn about 9% 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 working in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 89.7 in 2020, Georgia nurses benefit from slightly lower prices for things like food, housing, and transportation compared to other states. So, it’s understandable that their earnings would also be a bit lower than the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Georgia||$71,510||$79,721||Get Local Estimates|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimates|
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Average RN Salaries In Georgia Cities
Georgia RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are unsurprisingly in the largest metropolitan area, Atlanta, with average RN salaries at around $75,980. Macon is a close second at $69,310. Other regions vary below the statewide average for RN salary. Atlanta has 38,910 RNs employed, while other regions only have between 2,000-6,000.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
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RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Georgia
At a $71,510 average annual salary, Registered Nurses in Georgia tend to earn slightly less than some other types of healthcare workers in the state. Across all these professions, “Nurse Practitioners” and “Physical Therapists” workers in Georgia earn an average salary ranging between $88,950-$106,220, according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Georgia:
|Profession||# Employed in GA||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||22,170||$44,690|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Georgia
About 73,230 Registered Nurses reside in the state of Georgia. Yet, these jobs are still projected to increase by at least 23% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of more than 17,420 new RNs in the state in the coming years.