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Want to work in Tennessee as a Registered Nurse? Read this first!

18.9% Jobs Projection
$60,120 Median Salary
4,320 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Registered Nurses Work in Tennessee?

60,360 people worked as Registered Nurses in 2018 in this state.

There were 59,350 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,010 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Tennessee

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 18.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.


Tennessee Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 4,320 annual Registered Nurses job openings in Tennessee, and 69,280 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 Tennessee?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $43,340 to $80,310 with $60,120 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $20.83 to $38.61. The median hourly rate was $28.91.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $28.41 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.50.

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


Top Tennessee 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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 20,560 $62,850
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 12,870 $65,370
Knoxville, TN 7,150 $57,170
Chattanooga, TN-GA 6,080 $57,590
Johnson City, TN 2,780 $55,130
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 2,580 $51,860
Jackson, TN 2,020 $56,890
Clarksville, TN-KY 1,310 $61,230
Morristown, TN 600 $53,460

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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