Average Registered Nurse Salary in Washington

Registered nurses in Washington earn an average of $95,350 per year (or $45.84 per hour).

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Washington registered nurses earn 15% higher than the national average salary for RNs, at $82,750 (or $39.78 per hour).

Registered nurse salary range in Washington

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $127,320 $61
75th Percentile $103,210 $49
Median $96,980 $46
25th Percentile $77,980 $37

80% of Washington RNs earn between $74,070 and $127,320.

Cost-of-living adjusted registered nurse salary in Washington

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, Washington RNs earn about $88,780 per year. Cost-of-living in Washington is 7% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in Washington for registered nurses

Vancouver, WA $101,710 per year
Tacoma, WA $99,310 per year
Spokane, WA $92,620 per year
Wenatchee, WA $91,470 per year
Walla Walla, WA $91,280 per year
Tumwater, WA $90,290 per year
Silverdale, WA $89,210 per year
Longview, WA $88,810 per year
Mount Vernon, WA $88,570 per year
Yakima, WA $84,690 per year

Washington nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where registered nurses are paid the highest is Vancouver, where the average RNs salary is $101,710 and 23,090 registered nurses are currently employed. The Tacoma area comes in second, with a $99,310 average RN salary and 35,070 registered nurses employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in Washington?

Nurse Anesthetist $244,730 per year
Nurse Practitioner $130,840 per year
Nurse Midwife $111,780 per year
Dental Hygienist $106,200 per year
Physical Therapist $97,420 per year
Licensed Practical Nurse $63,250 per year
Pharmacy Technician $46,830 per year

At a $95,350 average annual salary, RNs in Washington tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($244,730), nurse practitioners ($130,840), nurse midwives ($111,780), dental hygienists ($106,200), and physical therapists ($97,420). They tend to earn more than licensed practical nurses ($63,250) and pharmacy technicians ($46,830).

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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