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Registered Nurses Salary Information in Tennessee

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,660
25th Percentile Wage
$49,920
50th Percentile Wage
$59,080
75th Percentile Wage
$70,210
90th Percentile Wage
$79,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $79,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,660.

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
$59,080
2.52% 6.72%
2016
$57,590
1.30% -
2015
$56,840
0.83% -
2014
$56,370
0.51% -
2013
$56,080
1.73% -
2012
$55,110
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of registered nurses in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of registered nurses in state of Tennessee ranges from $52,490 to $64,960. The highest paying area for registered nurses in Tennessee is Memphis with a median annual salary of $64,960. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin (mean annual salary $61,730). The lowest paying area is Morristown with a median annual salary of $52,490.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Memphis
$64,960
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$61,730
Clarksville
$60,170
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$59,560
Jackson
$56,750
Chattanooga
$56,190
Knoxville
$56,170
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$54,980
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$54,450
Cleveland
$54,250
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$54,020
Johnson City
$53,300
Morristown
$52,490




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