Registered Nurses in the state of Wisconsin earn an average annual salary of $74,760 per year (or $35.94 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Wisconsin RNs earn between $56,040 and $99,060.
On average, RNs in Wisconsin earn about 7% 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 96.1 in 2020, nurses in Wisconsin 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|
|Wisconsin||$74,760||$77,794||Get Local Estimate|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimate|
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Average RN Salary In Wisconsin
Wisconsin RN salaries vary quite a bit across the state. The highest-paying regions for RNs are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan, with average RN salaries at around $86,130. Madison comes in second, with the average RN salary at $82,330. Additionally, RNs located in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area can expect to earn about $77,970.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
|Eau Claire, WI||2,210||$66,890|
|Green Bay, WI||3,970||$68,860|
|La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN||3,020||$76,270|
|Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI||21,420||$76,750|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI||40,810||$86,130|
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Wisconsin
At a $72,610 average annual salary, RNs in Wisconsin tend to earn less than other healthcare workers in the state. Across all of these professions, “Nurse Practitioners” and “Physical Therapists” in Wisconsin earn an average salary ranging between $88,650-$113,030, according to the BLS.
Here is how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Wisconsin:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||8,050||$48,070|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Wisconsin
About 63,630 RNs reside in the state of Wisconsin. These jobs are still projected to increase by about 7.8% from 2018 to 2028. This is an increase of about 4,420 new RNs in the state in the coming years.