Average Registered Nurse Salary in Colorado

Registered nurses in Colorado earn an average of $80,670 per year (or $38.78 per hour).

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2% lower than the national average
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Colorado registered nurses earn 2% lower than the national average salary for RNs, at $82,750 (or $39.78 per hour).

Registered nurse salary range in Colorado

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $100,870 $48
75th Percentile $95,220 $45
Median $78,070 $37
25th Percentile $69,680 $33

80% of Colorado RNs earn between $60,550 and $100,870.

Cost-of-living adjusted registered nurse salary in Colorado

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, Colorado RNs earn about $78,396 per year. Cost-of-living in Colorado is 2% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in Colorado for registered nurses

Boulder, CO $85,020 per year
Aurora, CO $82,860 per year
Fort Collins, CO $78,660 per year
Colorado Springs, CO $78,520 per year
Grand Junction, CO $78,480 per year
Pueblo, CO $76,930 per year
Greeley, CO $72,630 per year

Colorado nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where registered nurses are paid the highest is Boulder, where the average RNs salary is $85,020 and 2,940 registered nurses are currently employed. The Aurora area comes in second, with a $82,860 average RN salary and 27,860 registered nurses employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in Colorado?

Nurse Anesthetist $175,760 per year
Nurse Midwife $122,620 per year
Nurse Practitioner $112,580 per year
Physical Therapist $89,870 per year
Dental Hygienist $87,140 per year
Licensed Practical Nurse $55,360 per year
Pharmacy Technician $40,550 per year

At a $80,670 average annual salary, RNs in Colorado tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($175,760), nurse midwives ($122,620), nurse practitioners ($112,580), physical therapists ($89,870), and dental hygienists ($87,140). They tend to earn more than licensed practical nurses ($55,360) and pharmacy technicians ($40,550).

More about registered nurses

Registered nurses are licensed practitioners who help provide crucial care to patients in a wide variety of settings. Generally, they work under the supervision of a doctor or a nurse practitioner. Their day-to-day responsibilities depend on the specialty in which they choose to practice. Some of the most common specialties include ICU, pediatric, and medical-surgical nurses.

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