Registered Nurses in the state of Pennsylvania earn an average annual salary of $74,170 per year (or $35.66 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Pennsylvania RNs earn between $53,910 and $99,870.
On average, RNs in Pennsylvania earn about 8% 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 104 in 2020, nurses in Pennsylvania can expect higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Pennsylvania||$74,170||$7,317||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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Average RN Salaries In Pennsylvania Cities
Pennsylvania RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state, but the highest-paying region for RNs is in Reading with average RN salaries at around $81,980. Philadelphia comes in second at $79,980. Other regions vary slightly below the $70,000 range.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Pennsylvania
At a $74,170 average annual salary, Registered Nurses in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania earn an average salary ranging between $90,890-$111,560, according to the BLS.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Pennsylvania:
|Profession||# Employed in PA||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||35,240||$50,250|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Pennsylvania
Over 146,640 Registered Nurses reside in the state of Pennsylvania. Yet, these jobs are still projected to increase by about 10% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of more than 12,000 new RNs in the state in the coming years.