Registered Nurses in the state of Nebraska earn an average annual salary of $69,480 per year (or $33.41 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Nebraska RNs earn between $53,690 and $90,220.
On average, RNs in Nebraska earn about 14% 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 in 2020, nurses in Nebraska 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 Nebraska Cities
Nebraska RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state. But, the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the Omaha area with average RN salaries at around $70,510. The Lincoln metropolitan is second at $68,280. RNs located in the Sioux City area can expect to earn a similar salary of about $60,160.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA||13,730||$70,510|
|Sioux City, IA-NE-SD||1,830||$60,160|
Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Nebraska
At a $69,480 average annual salary, RNs in Nebraska 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 Nebraska earn the most at an average salary ranging between $86,850-$107,330 according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Nebraska:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||5,530||$45,710|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Nebraska
About 24,060 RNs reside in the state of Nebraska. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 11.1% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of almost 3,000 new RNs in the state in the coming years.