Registered Nurse Salary in Tennessee

The number of registered nurses employed by Tennessee in May 2018, as per the survey of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was 60,360. The employment per thousand jobs for RNs was 20.36. The median hourly, mean hourly and yearly mean wages amounted to $28.91, $29.48, and $61,320, respectively. In comparison to the average nurse salary for nationwide job postings, the registered nurse salary in Tennessee was 18% lower in August 2019 (according to The average hourly pay in TN was reported to be $32.03. The programs conducted by RN schools in this state include such coursework that provides you in-depth knowledge to acquire certification.

Yearly RN Salary in Tennessee (TN) on Different Percentile Brackets

  • 90% were remunerated less than $80,310; 10% were paid more than $80,310.
  • 75% of registered nurses took home less than $71,620; 25% earned over $71,620.
  • 50% were salaried less than $60,120; other 50% were paid over $60,120.
  • 25% of RNs made an annual income of $51,190; 75% made more than $51,190.
  • 10% got less than $43,340; 90% received more than $43,340.

Percentile Bracket

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Information Source- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Salary as per Geographical Location

One of the aspects that directly or indirectly affect your salary is the place or location where you are employed. Every city of the state has its particular pay scale which is decided on the basis of cost of living and competition for a job. According to August 27, 2019 report, the cities that paid highest annual salaries to Registered Nurse and related job roles were Memphis, Hendersonville, and Nashville, whereas the city that offered  minimum salary was Johson City.

Name of the City

Average Annual Salary – RN I

Average Annual Salary – RN II

Average Annual Salary – RN III

Average Annual Salary – Head Nurse

Chattanooga, TN





Clarksville, TN





Franklin, TN





Germantown, TN





Hendersonville, TN





Jackson, TN





Johnson City, TN





Kingsport, TN





Knoxville, TN





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Murfreesboro, TN





Nashville, TN





Information Source- as on August 27, 2019 (RN-I, RN-II, RN-III, Head Nurse)

Salary of Professionals with Similar Job Designations

Your job title describes your area of  specialization in a particular field of nursing. Your salary also hinges on what position you assume in your organization. As of September 2019, Registered Nurse – Operating Room earned the maximum average weekly salary of $1,687. Similarly, Psychiatric Nurse receives the maximum mean annual salary of $82,123 and Registered Nurse Home/Health gets an average hourly income of $33.96.

Registered Nurse – Medical/Surgical$1,076/week
Registered Nurse – Pediatrics$624/week
Registered Nurse – Operating Room$1,687/week
Registered Nurse – Dialysis$926/week
Registered Nurse – Endoscopy$1,533/week
Registered Nurse – ICU$1,249/week
Interventional Radiology Nurse$539/week
Labor and Delivery Nurse$1,452/week
Travel Nurse$1,613/week
Progressive Care Nurse$1,423/week
Registered Nurse Manager$69,920/year
OB/GYN Nurse$77,997/year
Psychiatric Nurse$82,123/year
Registered Nurse – Home Health$33.96/hour
Registered Nurse – Oncology$1,527/week

Information Source- (as of September 2019)

Other Benefits

The other benefits that are provided to these registered nurses, so that, they could develop and flourish in their career are-

  • Health insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Personal time-off
  • Dental coverage
  • Maternity leaves
  • Travel benefits

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there will be a growth of 15% in the employment opportunities for RNs, and approximately 438,100 new job openings will be observed between 2016 and 2026. The reason behind this is ageing population that needs more health services and medical aid for their betterment and recovery. A large number of nurses are going to retire in the approaching years which, in turn, will contribute to vacancies for these workers. It is estimated that the number of new jobs will be more than the number of job aspirants. On the whole, one can expect outstanding job opportunities for the registered nurses.

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