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Table 3: Salary Adjusted for Cost of Living

Snapshot: This table displays the median RN salary in each state, adjusted for the cost of living in that state.

  • This salary-adjusted cost of living index therefore takes into account the different overall cost of living in each U.S. metropolitan area and raises the median RN salary for metro areas where the cost of living is below the U.S. average, since salaries in those locations have more purchasing power, and lowers the median RN salary for metro areas where the cost is living is above the U.S. average, since salaries in those locations have less purchasing power. See “RN Salaries Overview” for more information about the methodology.
  • In the table, dark green colors indicate the highest salary, adjusted by the average cost of living in each metro area. Dark red colors indicate the lowest salary, adjusted by the local cost of living in each metro area.
  • The metropolitan areas with the highest RN salaries, adjusted for state variations in the cost of living, can be found on the West Coast, and in Texas.
  • This means that RN salaries in these places have the most purchasing power, when taking into account the cost of living in each of those locations.
  • The metropolitan areas with the lowest RN salaries, adjusted for state variations in the cost of living, can be found in Hawaii, the Northeast and parts of the upper Midwest.
  • This means that RN salaries in these places have the least purchasing power, when taking into account the cost of living in each of those states.

Metropolitan Area (By State)

RN Annual Salary

Alabama
Anniston-Oxford $51,800
Birmingham-Hoover $63,941
Decatur-Hartselle $53,423
Dothan $60,935
Florence-Muscle Shoals $51,127
Huntsville $60,931
Mobile $57,792
Montgomery $60,333
Tuscaloosa $58,629
Alaska
Anchorage $65,363
Fairbanks $55,663
Juneau $49,540
Arizona
Lake Havasu City-Kingman $63,247
Phoenix-Mesa $75,619
Prescott $76,602
Tucson $70,369
Yuma $67,623
Arkansas
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers(AR-MO) $63,919
Hot Springs $59,067
Jonesboro $60,700
Little Rock-North Little Rock $57,400
California
Bakersfield $86,087
Fresno $67,996
Los Angeles-Long Beach $65,878
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward $94,827
Riverside-San Bernadino-Ontario $76,011
Sacramento-Aden
Arcade-Roseville
$99,815
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos $64,508
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City $75,464
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara $92,792
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine $60,287
Colorado
Colorado Springs $66,211
Denver-Aurora $66,891
Grand Junction $65,306
Pueblo $73,995
Connecticut
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford $57,604
New Haven-Milford $56,350
Stamford-Norwalk $45,673
Delaware
Dover $55,617
Wilmington (DE-MD-NJ) $64,113
District of Columbia
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (DC-VA-MD) $40,321
Florida
Cape Coral-Fort Myers $64,477
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach $57,984
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach $59,771
Jacksonville $63,765
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall $53,897
Orlando-Kissimmee $62,519
Punta Gorda $61,954
Sebastian-Vero Beach $55,323
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater $65,667
Georgia
Albany $59,912
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta $67,514
Augusta-Aiken (GA-SC) $69,438
Dalton $56,500
Savannah $64,981
Valdosta $50,500
Hawaii
Honolulu $44,177
Idaho
Boise City-Nampa $61,623
Idaho Falls $62,954
Illinois
Champaign-Urbana $55,565
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet $57,793
Danville $67,893
Kankakee-Bradley $69,279
Peoria $54,690
Rockford $64,938
Springfield $66,467
Indiana
Bloomington $60,748
Elkhart-Goshen $57,529
Evansville (IN-KY) $54,006
Fort Wayne $56,183
Indianapolis-Carmel $64,289
Lafayette $61,627
South Bend-Mishawaka (IN-MI) $63,477
Iowa
Ames $54,222
Cedar Rapids $51,374
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island (IA-IL) $49,941
Des Moines $60,953
Waterloo-Cedar Falls $56,387
Kansas
Manhattan $58,956
Topeka $62,893
Wichita $58,838
Kentucky
Cincinnati-Middletown (OH-KY-IN) $68,475
Lexington-Fayette $63,818
Louisville (KY-IN) $65,749
Louisiana
Alexandria $57,265
Baton Rouge $66,556
Hammond $67,243
Lafayette $60,651
Lake Charles $59,503
Monroe $58,236
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner $67,471
Shreveport-Bossier City $63,780
Maine
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford $52,662
Maryland
Baltimore-Towson $58,855
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick $54,510
Massachussetts
Boston-Quincy $52,829
Worcester $75,214
Michigain
Ann Arbor $59,026
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn $68,640
Grand Rapids-Wyoming $63,725
Kalamazoo-Portage $69,929
Minnessota
Mankato-North Mankato $66,479
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (MI-WI) $65,479
Rochester $73,178
St. Cloud $80,422
Mississippi
Hattiesburg $59,658
Jackson $69,285
Missouri
Columbia $60,987
Jefferson City $58,233
Joplin $45,744
Kansas City (MO-KS) $61,079
St. Louis (MO-IL) $63,469
Springfield $65,551
Montana
Bozeman $53,388
Kalispell $61,750
Nebraska
Lincoln $59,753
Omaha-Council Bluffs (NE-IA) $64,510
Nevada
Las Vegas-Paradise $80,653
Reno-Sparks $78,290
New Hampshire
Manchester-Nashua $52,391
New Jersey
Edison-Middlesex-Monmouth $60,129
Newark-Elizabeth $59,512
New Mexico
Albuquerque-Rio Rancho $71,011
Las Cruces $61,383
New York
Albany-Schenectady-Troy $51,859
Buffalo-Niagra Falls $66,774
Nassau-Suffolk $57,793
New York City $23,469
Rochester $56,459
North Carolina
Asheville $59,553
Burlington $63,868
Chapel Hill $56,732
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord (NC-SC) $62,375
Durham $69,040
Greenville $62,526
Raleigh-Cary $64,198
Wilmington $60,991
Winston-Salem $65,541
North Dakota
Fargo (ND-MN) $57,393
Minot $46,956
Ohio
Akron $59,652
Cincinnatti-Middletown (OH-KY-IN) $66,707
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor $63,452
Columbus $67,341
Dayton $65,255
Lima $62,117
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman (OH-PA) $61,440
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City $63,250
Lawton $63,842
Tulsa $63,410
Oregon
Klamath Falls $76,603
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton (OR-WA) $69,697
Pennsylvania
Johnstown $60,468
Philadelphia $55,603
Pittsburgh $62,255
Williamsport-Lycoming $59,506
York-Hanover $69,530
Rhode Island
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River (RI-MA) $56,849
South Carolina
Anderson $64,612
Charleston-North Charleston $65,434
Columbia $59,305
Greenville $64,301
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach $59,491
Spartanburg $57,256
Sumter $60,227
South Dakota
Pierre $46,536
Tennessee
Chattanooga (TN-GA) $58,825
Knoxville $60,733
Memphis (TN-MS-AR) $69,308
Morristown $59,037
Nashville-Franklin $66,113
Texas
Amarillo $59,210
Austin $65,546
Brownsville $69,584
Byran-College Station $69,540
Corpus Christi $65,877
Dallas $71,317
El Paso $66,405
Fort Worth $74,025
Houston-Sugar Land $76,667
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood $67,174
Lubbock $62,337
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission $76,316
Odessa $61,196
San Angelo $63,442
San Antonio $74,683
Sherman-Denison $66,326
Texarkana (TX-AR) $60,464
Tyler $62,332
Waco $64,579
Wichita Falls $62,256
Utah
Ogden-Clearfield $61,105
Provo-Orem $58,514
St. George $62,235
Salt Lake City $63,415
Vermont
Burlington-South Burlington $50,776
Virginia
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford $56,260
Charlottesville $59,182
Danville $58,625
Harrisonburg $55,194
Lynchburg $59,642
Richmond $63,717
Roanoke $65,008
Winchester (VA-WV) $64,097
Washington
Kenneick-Richland-Pasco $67,699
Olympia $75,408
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $68,234
Spokane $75,784
Tacoma $69,084
Yakima $68,310
West Virginia
Charleston $58,285
Wisconsin
Eau Claire $72,015
Green Bay $61,037
Janesville $61,286
Madison $64,164
Milwaukee-Waukesha $63,775
Wasau $60,685
Wyoming
Laramie $58,752

The 10 metropolitan areas with the highest RN salaries, adjusted for local variations in the cost of living, are:

Metropolitan Area

RN Annual Salary

Sacramento-Aden Arcade-Roseville $99,815
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward $94,827
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara $92,792
Bakersfield $86,087
Las Vegas-Paradise $80,653
St. Cloud $80,422
Reno-Sparks $78,290
Houston-Sugar Land $76,667
Klamath Falls $76,603
Prescott $76,602
  • Each of these dollar figures is the purchasing power of the median RN salary in that metropolitan area, once the cost of living in that location has been taken into account.

The 10 metropolitan areas with the lowest RN salaries, adjusted for local variations in the cost of living, are:

Metropolitan Area

RN Annual Salary

New York City $23,469
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (DC-VA-MD) $40,321
Honolulu $44,177
Stamford-Norwalk $45,673
Joplin $45,744
Pierre $46,536
Minot $46,956
Juneau $49,540
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island (IA-IL) $49,941
Valdosta $50,500
  • Each of these dollar figures is, again, the purchasing power of the median RN salary in that metropolitan area, once the cost of living in that location has been taken into account.