Salary for a Nurse in Kentucky - KY

According to the Kentucky Board of Nursing, there are currently (in 2010) 55,903 active Registered Nurse (RN) licenses and 14094 active Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licenses in the state. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics holds statistics for nursing salaries in Kentucky. According to the BLS, the average LPN salary in Kentucky is $36,150; and the average annual RN income in Kentucky is $58,110. These figures are slightly below the national average pay for LPNs and RNs across the United States.

Wages may vary depending upon which part of Kentucky one works in (city vs. rural or suburban area), the type of facility in which one works (i.e., hospital, physician’s office, clinic, residential care setting, school), and one’s years of experience and education level. The BLS publishes salary statistics for LPNs and RNs working in various parts of Kentucky. These are included below:

Kentucky City LPN Salary RN Salary
Bowling Green, KY $34,970 $59,660
Elizabethtown, KY $35,770 $60,740
Lexington-Fayette, KY $38,270 $63,400
Owensboro, KY $35,470 $50,490
West non metro area, KY $34,130 $53,930
South Central non metro area, KY $33,690 $57,940
West Central non metro area, KY $33,140 $51,310
East non metro area, KY $33,070 $53,150

Registered nurses who have graduate degrees and work as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) should expect a slightly higher salary than that of the average RN in Kentucky. While the BLS groups APRNs with RNs for salary data gathering purposes, indeed.com lists the average annual salary for an APRN in Kentucky as $90,000.

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