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Registered Nurses in Arkansas

Is Arkansas a good place for you to work as a Registered Nurse?

15.7% Jobs Projection
$59,650 Median Salary
1,720 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Registered Nurses in Arkansas are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Registered Nurses in Arkansas is growing faster than average.

  • Registered Nurses in Arkansas earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Registered Nurses Work in Arkansas?

In 2018, there were 25,380 Registered Nurses working in the state.

There were 24,380 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,000 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 43,110 Registered Nurses working in it, which means Arkansas has fewer Registered Nurses than average.


Job Projections for Arkansas

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 15.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.


Arkansas Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 1,720 annual Registered Nurses job openings in Arkansas, and 28,400 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 203,700 annual jobs and 3,393,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Registered Nurses Make in Arkansas?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $42,770 to $80,530 with $59,650 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $20.56 to $38.72. The median hourly rate was $28.68.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $27.68 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.00.

The median salary in Arkansas is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Arkansas Metros for Registered Nurses

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Registered Nurses.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 12,870 $65,370
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 9,990 $64,770
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,530 $59,040
Fort Smith, AR-OK 2,390 $56,540
Texarkana, TX-AR 1,530 $57,100
Jonesboro, AR 1,460 $56,570
Hot Springs, AR 1,050 $57,240
Pine Bluff, AR 630 $62,310

Top States for Registered Nurses Employment

The table below shows the states where most Registered Nurses work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 294,510 $104,410
Texas 210,350 $72,000
New York 182,490 $85,300
Florida 177,600 $64,400
Pennsylvania 148,520 $69,170
Illinois 129,400 $72,250
Ohio 125,380 $64,200
North Carolina 102,500 $62,940
Michigan 96,680 $70,590
Massachusetts 80,630 $86,860
New Jersey 79,530 $81,820
Georgia 76,640 $67,870
Missouri 71,770 $62,270
Minnesota 69,000 $77,940
Indiana 67,870 $62,330
Virginia 64,750 $68,000
Tennessee 60,360 $60,120
Wisconsin 59,030 $70,150
Washington 56,290 $79,920
Arizona 54,690 $75,770

Below are the states where Registered Nurses get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Hawaii $105,300
California $104,410
Oregon $91,220
District of Columbia $88,800
Alaska $87,650
Massachusetts $86,860
New York $85,300
Nevada $85,210
New Jersey $81,820
Connecticut $79,920


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