Registered Nurses in the state of Massachusetts earn an average annual salary of $96,250 per year (or $46.27 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Massachusetts RNs earn between $61,660 and $146,480.
On average, RNs in Massachusetts earn about 17% more 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 129.9 in 2020, nurses in Massachusetts can expect higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states. So, it’s understandable that their earnings would also be higher than the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Massachusetts||$96,250||$74,095||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80.010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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Average RN Salary In Massachusetts Cities
Massachusetts RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the Boston area, with average RN salaries at around $99,410. Leominster is second at $89,360. RNs located in the Barnstable Town area can expect to earn about $88,210.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Barnstable Town, MA||2,380||$88,210|
|New Bedford, MA||1,680||$80,340|
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Massachusetts
At a $96,250 average annual salary, RNs in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts earn an average salary ranging between $88,320-$126,050 according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Massachusetts:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||14,790||$60,400|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Massachusetts
About 84,030 RNs reside in the state of Massachusetts. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 8.2% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of almost 7,350 new RNs in the state in the coming years.