Registered Nurses in the state of Kentucky earn an average annual salary of $64,730 per year (or $31.12 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Kentucky RNs earn between $45,960 and $84,070.
On average, RNs in Kentucky earn about 20% 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 93.6 in 2020, nurses in Kentucky can expect lower 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)||Local Estimates|
|Kentucky||$64,730||$69,156||Get Local Estimates|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimates|
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Average RN Salary In Kentucky Cities
Kentucky RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the Louisville/Jefferson County area, with average RN salaries at around $66,440. The Clarksville area is second at $64,990 . RNs located in the Owensboro area can expect to earn about $63,520.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Bowling Green, KY||1,560||$60,990|
|Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY||1,410||$64,560|
|Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN||14,880||$66,440|
Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Kentucky
At a $64,730 average annual salary, RNs in Kentucky 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 Kentucky earn an average salary ranging between $86,040-$102,460 according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Kentucky:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||9,390||$44,160|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Kentucky
About 42,940 RNs reside in the state of Kentucky. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 13.1% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of almost 6,150 new RNs in the state in the coming years.