Salary for a Registered Nurse in Idaho - ID
Idaho Registered Nurses Salaries
The average Idaho RN salary is $59,000 for those RNs who have bachelor’s degrees. This is nearly twice the state average wage for all occupations, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. Nationwide, the middle 50 percent of all registered nurses earned between $51,640 and $76,570, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest earners made more than $92,240, while the lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,410. Indeed.com gave a state average of $57,000 and the following salaries for major cities: $48,000 in Boise, $48,000 in Nampa, $51,000 in Idaho Falls, $52,000 in Pocatello, and $48,000 in Meridian.
Demand for Nurses in Idaho
There were about 2.6 million registered nurses nationwide in 2008. Registered nursing makes up the greatest percentage of healthcare jobs in the United States. Most nursing jobs – 60 percent – are found in hospital settings. Historically, registered nursing job opportunities have been more plentiful than other health occupations. The United States will need 22 percent more nurses by 2018. Idaho’s demands for registered nurses outpace the national average. The state identified about 11,200 nurses – 70 percent registered nurses – in 2008. It will need to add 7,400 nurses – an increase of more than 50 percent – by 2016. Many of those positions will be needed in the rural areas of Idaho, where recruiting and retaining qualified nurses is crucial. More than half of Idaho’s 42 hospitals are small, rural facilities with less than 25 beds, according to a 2006 report by the Idaho Governor’s Office. Idaho health officials are actively recruiting new graduates from RN programs to fill rural positions. Working in a rural setting can be a rewarding experience for new and experienced nurses who can help an underserved population.
RN Continuing Education in Idaho
Idaho’s RNs must pay regular renewal fees to maintain licenses. Failure to pay will result in an application for reinstatement of licensure.
Associations and Boards
Idaho Nurses Association
State of Idaho Board of Nursing
American Nurses Association (ANA)
Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
U.S. Air Force members stationed to Mountain Home Air Force Base can pursue nursing degrees with financial assistance from the GI Bill.