Average RN salaries in Kentucky can vary on a number of things. One can expect to earn an estimated annual salary of $63,750 per year (or $30.65 per hour) as of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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 93.8 in Q3 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)|
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 Owensboro area, with average RN salaries at around $65,520. The Louisville/Jefferson County area is second at $64,700. RNs located in the Clarksville area can expect to earn about $63,000.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Bowling Green, KY||1,620||$59,240|
|Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY||1,210||$62,130|
|Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN||14,750||$64,700|
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Kentucky
At a $63,750 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 $85,260-$99,560 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||9,790||$42,740|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Kentucky
About 46,900 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.
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