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Registered Nurses Salary Information in Kentucky

The average annual and hourly salaries for registered nurses in the state of Kentucky are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of registered nurses amongst Kentucky metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Registered Nurses in Kentucky

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,990
25th Percentile Wage
$49,680
50th Percentile Wage
$58,930
75th Percentile Wage
$69,710
90th Percentile Wage
$78,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $78,570. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $58,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,990.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.67
25th Percentile Wage
$23.89
50th Percentile Wage
$28.33
75th Percentile Wage
$33.51
90th Percentile Wage
$37.77

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for registered nurses in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $37.77. The median hourly salary is $28.33. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.67.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,9301.63%3.99%
201557,9701.47%-
201457,1200.77%-
201356,6800.18%-
201256,580--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Registered Nurses in Kentucky Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of registered nurses in some Kentucky cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of registered nurses in state of Kentucky ranges from $49,810 to $62,720. The highest paying area for registered nurses in Kentucky is Louisville-Jefferson County with a median annual salary of $62,720. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Elizabethtown (mean annual salary $60,080). The lowest paying area is West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $49,810.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Louisville-Jefferson County
$62,720
Elizabethtown
$60,080
Lexington-Fayette
$59,980
Bowling Green
$58,730
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$56,170
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$56,010
Owensboro
$53,990
Evansville
$53,930
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$52,730
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$49,810



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