Registered Nurses in the state of South Carolina earn an average annual salary of $67,140 per year (or $32.28 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of South Carolina RNs earn between $47,240 and $86,150.
On average, RNs in South Carolina earn about 17% 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 95.9 in Q3 2020, nurses in South Carolina 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|
|South Carolina||$67,140||$70,010||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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Average RN Salary In South Carolina
South Carolina RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state. The highest-paying regions for RNs are in Augusta-Richmond County with the avergae salary at $74,250. Charleston metropolitan comes in second around $69,600. Additionally, RNs located in the Hilton Head Island area can expect to earn about $69,450.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC||6,720||$74,250|
|Charleston-North Charleston, SC||11,160||$69,600|
|Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC||1,380||$69,450|
|Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC||2,390||$63,100|
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in South Carolina
At a $67,140 average annual salary, RNs in South Carolina tend to earn less than other healthcare workers in the state. Across all these professions, “Nurse Practitioners” and “Physical Therapists” in South Carolina earn an average salary ranging between $84,640-$101,190, according to the BLS.
Here is how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in South Carolina:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||9,780||$43,630|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in South Carolina
About 45,930 RNs reside in the state of South Carolina. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 9.4% from 2018 to 2028. This is an increase of almost 4,210 new RNs in the state in the coming years.