Registered Nurses in the state of Missouri earn an average annual salary of $65,900 per year (or $31.68 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Missouri RNs earn between $44,060 and $91,880.
On average, RNs in Missouri earn about 18% 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 89.1 in 2020, nurses in Missouri 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)|
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Average RN Salary In Missouri Cities
Missouri RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the Kansas City metropolitan, with average RN salaries at around $70,240. The St. Louis area is a close second at 68,230. RNs in the Columbia area earn about at $65,270.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Kansas City, MO-KS||24,910||$70,240|
|St. Louis, MO-IL||35,730||$68,230|
|St. Joseph, MO-KS||1,210||$64,560|
|Jefferson City, MO||1,450||$63,560|
|Cape Girardeau, MO-IL||1,480||$62,880|
Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Missouri
At a $65,900 average annual salary, RNs in Missouri 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 Missouri earn an average salary ranging between $84,660-$106,870, according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Missouri:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||14,770||$44,490|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Missouri
Over 71,560 registered nurses reside in the state of Missouri. Yet, nursing jobs in the United States are still projected to increase by at least 16.2% from 2018 to 2028. This results in an increase of more than 12,130 new RNs in the state in the coming years.