Registered Nurses in Louisiana can expect to earn an estimated annual salary of $68,010 per year (or $32.70 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
On average, RNs in Louisiana earn about 15% 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 93.2 in Q3 2020, nurses in Louisiana 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|
|Louisiana||$68,010||$72,972||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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Average RN Salary In Louisiana Cities
Louisiana RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the New Orleans metropolitan, with average RN salaries at around $70,930. RNs located in Alexandria can expect to earn about $67,680. Coming in last is Lake Charles, where RNs can earn about $62,250.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|New Orleans-Metairie, LA||14,290||$70,930|
|Baton Rouge, LA||6,530||$65,160|
|Lake Charles, LA||1,560||$62,250|
Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Louisiana
At a $68,010 average annual salary, RNs in Louisiana 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 Louisiana earn an average salary ranging between $91,880-$111,880, according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Louisiana:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||18,560||$41,920|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Louisiana
Over 40,000 registered nurses reside in the state of Louisiana. Yet, nursing jobs in the United States are still projected to increase by at least 12% from 2018 to 2028. This results in an increase of more than 4,800 new RNs in the state in the coming years.