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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 among Kentucky 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,550
25th Percentile Wage
$51,370
50th Percentile Wage
$60,340
75th Percentile Wage
$71,810
90th Percentile Wage
$80,310

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 $80,310. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $60,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,550.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,340
2.34% 6.23%
2016
$58,930
1.63% -
2015
$57,970
1.47% -
2014
$57,120
0.77% -
2013
$56,680
0.18% -
2012
$56,580
- -

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 $55,020 to $62,980. The highest paying area for registered nurses in Kentucky is Louisville-Jefferson County with a median annual salary of $62,980. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Lexington-Fayette (mean annual salary $61,400). The lowest paying area is East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $55,020.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Louisville-Jefferson County
$62,980
Lexington-Fayette
$61,400
Elizabethtown
$60,540
Owensboro
$59,680
Evansville
$59,130
Bowling Green
$58,860
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$57,700
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$56,480
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$55,690
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$55,020




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