Registered Nurses in the state of Rhode Island earn an average annual salary of $82,790 per year (or $39.81 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Rhode Island RNs earn between $59,460 and $105,150.
On average, RNs in Rhode Island earn about 4% 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 certain region can impact what nurses tend to earn working in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 119.6 in Q3 2020, nurses in Rhode Island can expect higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states. So, it is understandable that their earnings would also be higher than the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)|
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Average RN Salary In Rhode Island
Rhode Island RN salaries vary across the state, but the highest-paying regions for RNs are in the two metropolitans in the state. The Norwich-New London-Westerly metropolitan, with average RN salaries at around $86,330. Additionally, Providence-Warwick comes in second, with the average RN salary at $82,670.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI||2,420||$86,330|
Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Rhode Island
At a $82,790 average annual salary, RNs in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island earn an average salary ranging between $85,470-$117,300, according to the BLS.
Here is how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Rhode Island:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||1,120||$59,090|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Rhode Island
About 12,150 RNs reside in the state of Rhode Island. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 4.0% from 2018 to 2028 – which is an increase of about 520 new RNs in the state in the coming years.