Registered Nurses in the state of Louisiana earn an average salary of $65,850 per year (or $31.66 per hour) as of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Louisiana RNs earn between $47,120 and $85,910.
On average, RNs in Louisiana earn about 15% less than the national average salary for nurses, at $77,460 (or $37.24 per hour).
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 93.4 in Q3 2020, Louisiana nurses face prices for things like food, housing, and transportation that are slightly lower than in other states. When adjusted for this lower cost of living, Louisiana’s nursing salaries are more comparable, but still below, the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)|
RN salary across Louisiana cities
Louisiana nursing salaries are fairly consistent from region to region across the state. The area where nurses are paid the highest is in the state’s largest city of New Orleans, where the average RN salary is $69,500 and where over 14,000 nurses are currently employed.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|New Orleans-Metairie, LA||14,050||$69,500|
|Baton Rouge, LA||5,640||$62,280|
|Shreveport-Bossier City, LA||5,350||$66,950|
|Lake Charles, LA||1,770||$61,530|
|Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area||1,610||$63,850|
|Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area||1,220||$64,130|
|Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area||1,120||$65,230|
RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Louisiana
Overall, “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations” workers in Louisiana earn an average salary of $67,780, according to the BLS. Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in the state:
|Profession||# Employed in LA||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||19,270||$40,300|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Louisiana
There are over 40,000 registered nurses 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 – an increase of more than 4,800 new RNs in the state in the coming years.
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