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Registered Nurses Salary Information in North Carolina

The average annual and hourly salaries for registered nurses in the state of North Carolina are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of registered nurses among North Carolina 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 North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,910
25th Percentile Wage
$50,990
50th Percentile Wage
$59,590
75th Percentile Wage
$71,240
90th Percentile Wage
$81,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $81,170. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,910.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21.11
25th Percentile Wage
$24.52
50th Percentile Wage
$28.65
75th Percentile Wage
$34.25
90th Percentile Wage
$39.02

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for registered nurses in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.02. The median hourly salary is $28.65. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21.11.

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
201659,5901.07%2.69%
201558,9500.03%-
201458,9300.75%-
201358,4900.85%-
201257,990--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Registered Nurses in North Carolina Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of registered nurses in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of registered nurses in state of North Carolina ranges from $54,350 to $63,510. The highest paying area for registered nurses in North Carolina is Durham-Chapel Hill with a median annual salary of $63,510. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Fayetteville (mean annual salary $62,630). The lowest paying area is Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $54,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Durham-Chapel Hill
$63,510
Fayetteville
$62,630
Burlington
$62,420
Greensboro-High Point
$61,260
Raleigh-Cary
$61,010
Asheville
$59,860
Winston-Salem
$59,270
Jacksonville
$58,730
Rocky Mount
$58,280
Greenville
$57,900
Wilmington
$57,760
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$57,160
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$56,690
Goldsboro
$56,590
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$55,550
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$55,020
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$54,350



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