Registered nurses in the state of Washington state earn an average salary of $86,170 per year (or $41.43 per hour) as of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Washington RNs earn between $59,000 and $120,010.
On average, RNs in the state of Washington earn about 11% more than the national average salary for nurses, at $77,460 (or $37.24 per hour).
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Among other factors, the cost of living in a given region can impact what nurses tend to earn working in those areas. With a Cost of Living Index of 111.3 in Q3 2020, Washington nurses face prices for things like food, housing, and transportation that are higher on average than those in other states. When adjusted for cost of living, Washington’s nursing salaries are very close to the national average.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)|
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RN salary across Washington cities
Washington nursing salaries vary quite a bit from region to region across the state. The area where nurses are paid the highest is actually in the region overlapping with nearby Oregon – Vancouver, WA – where the average RN salary is $95,420 and over 22 thousand nurses are currently employed across the entire region. The Seattle area comes in second, at $90,730 average RN salary and over 33 thousand nurses employed.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area||1,430||$83,260|
|Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA||1,220||$88,360|
|Western Washington nonmetropolitan area||2,360||$89,400|
|Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA||6,570||$89,890|
RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Washington
Overall, “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations” workers in Washington earn an average salary of $95,690, according to the BLS. Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in the state:
|Profession||# Employed in WA||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||7,870||$59,780|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Washington
There are over 58,000 registered nurses in the state of Washington. Yet, nursing jobs in the state are still projected to increase by more than 20% from 2018 to 2028 – an increase of more than 11 thousand new RNs in the state in the coming years.