Average Registered Nurse Salary in Pennsylvania

Registered nurses in Pennsylvania earn an average of $76,000 per year (or $36.54 per hour).

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8% lower than the national average
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Pennsylvania registered nurses earn 8% lower than the national average salary for RNs, at $82,750 (or $39.78 per hour).

Registered nurse salary range in Pennsylvania

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $98,680 $47
75th Percentile $81,620 $39
Median $76,940 $36
25th Percentile $62,480 $30

80% of Pennsylvania RNs earn between $59,640 and $98,680.

Cost-of-living adjusted registered nurse salary in Pennsylvania

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, Pennsylvania RNs earn about $77,868 per year. Cost-of-living in Pennsylvania is 2% lower than the national average, meaning they face lower prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in Pennsylvania for registered nurses

Philadelphia, PA $81,860 per year
Waynesboro, PA $77,240 per year
Bethlehem, PA $76,210 per year
Reading, PA $75,260 per year
Harrisburg, PA $75,110 per year
Gettysburg, PA $73,390 per year
Lebanon, PA $73,200 per year
Pittsburgh, PA $73,170 per year
York, PA $72,810 per year
State College, PA $72,740 per year

Pennsylvania nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where registered nurses are paid the highest is Philadelphia, where the average RNs salary is $81,860 and 73,510 registered nurses are currently employed. The Waynesboro area comes in second, with a $77,240 average RN salary and 1,250 registered nurses employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in Pennsylvania?

Nurse Anesthetist $203,150 per year
Nurse Practitioner $117,260 per year
Nurse Midwife $111,980 per year
Physical Therapist $94,400 per year
Dental Hygienist $71,710 per year
Licensed Practical Nurse $51,090 per year
Pharmacy Technician $34,760 per year

At a $76,000 average annual salary, RNs in Pennsylvania tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($203,150), nurse practitioners ($117,260), nurse midwives ($111,980), and physical therapists ($94,400). They tend to earn more than dental hygienists ($71,710), licensed practical nurses ($51,090), and pharmacy technicians ($34,760).

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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