Registered Nurse Salary in Arkansas

The average reported salary in Arkansas for Registered Nurse was $61,981 a year with an hourly wage of $30 according to the ZipRecruiter website.  PayScale website reports median hourly pay of $25.48 in Little Rock. Glassdoor website reports a salary of $53,613 with very high confidence.

Due to the current crisis in the healthcare system because of COVID-19, website Indeed reports rapid changes in RN salaries with the latest base salary reports of $21.16 per hour. They state that they have 29 salary reports averaging $55,184 a year. Additionally, RNs may expect overtime compensation of $9,250 per year.

RN Salaries by Year of Experience in Arkansas

Registered nurses with less than 1 year of experience may expect a salary of around $22.64. This is based on reported salaries including overtime, bonuses, and tips according to PayScale.

Registered nurses with 1-4 years of experience reportedly earned $24.66 per hour, including overtime, bonuses, and tips.

Registered nurses with more than 5 years of experience (up to 10) earned $26.83. This was reported by 49 RNs, including overtime, tips, and bonuses.

Experienced RNs with 10-19 years of experience reported a salary of $29.90. This is based on 76 reports, including tips, bonuses, and overtime.

Registered nurses with more than 20 years of experience working as RNs reported a salary of $30.75.

Years of ExperienceHourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
>1$22.64$24,451.20
1 to 4$24.66$26,632.80
5 to 9$26.83$28,976.40
10 to 19$29.90$32,292.00
20+$30.75$33,210.00

This table is based on gathered data and reports from RNs in Arkansas. Data is gathered from reputable websites. The annual mean wage is calculated based on a 40 hours working week, including overtime, bonuses, tips, etc.

RN Salaries by Year of Experience in Arkansas

Arkansas RN Salary Compared to Nationwide

While we can see the salaries of RNs in Arkansas from $30843 to $93,851, most of the registered nurses have salaries in the range of $49,789 to $69,176. This is almost $20,000 difference mainly based on experience, over time, and bonuses.

When compared to other RNs working across the US, registered nurses in LA earn 61% more than in Arkansas. In New York, they earn 53% more, Houston 31%, Dallas 21% more, and in Chicago 21% more compared to nurse’s salaries in Arkansas.

Most Popular Employers in Arkansas

Most of the gathered reports were from registered nurses working in the UAB Hospital, the University of Arkansas at Birmingham (UAB), St. Vincent’s Hospital, and Brookwood Medical Center. According to them, UAB Hospital pays $25 per hour to RNs, St. Vincent’s Hospital pays $26 on average.

Nurse Salaries in Arkansas

Baptist Health (Arkansas)

$24/hr
Range: $20 – $33

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

$26/hr
Range: $24 – $33

Arkansas Children’s

$25/hr
Range: $22 – $28

CHI St. Vincent Healthcare

$25.15/hr
Range: $22 – $32

US Department of Veterans Affairs

$25/hr
Range: $71K – $81K

Conway Regional Health System

$25/hr
Range: $22 – $27

According to the Indeed.com website, the average registered nurse salary in Arkansas is $65,475. The range of salaries reported by their users is between $59,176 and $77,343 which is 28% lower than the national average even when we include $11,119 overtime. The main difference in salary is based on the city. Other factors that determine nurse salary in Arkansas are education, certificates, years of experience, and additional skills. 

Highest paying cities in Arkansas:

  • Fort Smith- $85,775 per year
  • North Little Rock – $85,686 per year
  • Health – $85,434 per year
  • Fayetteville – $66,601 per year
  • Little Rock – $65,475 per year
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