Registered Nurses in the state of Montana earn an average annual salary of $70,530 per year (or $33.91 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Montana RNs earn between $53,930 and $93,550.
On average, RNs in Montana earn about 10% 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 certain region can impact what nurses tend to earn working in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 99.3 in Q3 2020, nurses in Montana can expect lower prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states. So, it is understandable that their earnings would also be lower than the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Montana||$70,530||$70,956||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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Average RN Salary In Montana
Montana RN salaries vary across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the two metropolitan in the state. Billings is first with average RN salaries at around $74,460. Additionally, Missoula comes in second, with the average RN salary at $71,980.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Montana
At a $69,340 average annual salary, RNs in Montana 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 Montana earn an average salary ranging between $84,600-$114,370, according to the BLS.
Here is how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Montana:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||1,850||$46,010|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Montana
About 9,980 RNs reside in the state of Montana. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 10.4% from 2018 to 2028 – which is an increase of about 1,090 new RNs in the state in the coming years.