Registered Nurse Salary in Louisiana

The average reported salary in Louisiana for Registered Nurse was $64,334 a year with an hourly wage of $31 according to the ZipRecruiter website.  PayScale website reports median hourly pay of $26.36 in Baton Rouge. Glassdoor website reports a salary of $65,870 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 $27.49 per hour. They state that they have 1000 salary reports averaging $58,669 a year. Additionally, RNs may expect overtime compensation of $10,000 per year.

Registered Nurse Salary in Louisiana

RN Salaries by Year of Experience in Louisiana

Registered nurses with less than 1 year of experience may expect a salary of around $23.37. This is based on reported salaries including overtime, bonuses, and tips.

Registered nurses with 1-4 years of experience reportedly earned $24.36 per hour, including overtime, bonuses, and tips.

Registered nurses with more than 5 years of experience (up to 10) earned $26.00. This was reported by 98 RNs, including overtime, tips, and bonuses.

Experienced RNs with 10-19 years of experience reported a salary of $29.98. This is based on 34 reports, including tips, bonuses, and overtime.

Registered nurses with more than 20 years of experience working as RNs reported a salary of $31.24.

Years of ExperienceHourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
1 to 4$24.36$26,308.80
5 to 9$26.00$28,080.00
10 to 19$29.98$32,378.40

This table is based on gathered data and reports from RNs in Louisiana. 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 Louisiana

Louisiana RN Salary Compared to Nationwide

While we can see the salaries of RNs in Louisiana from $32,014 to $97,414, most of the registered nurses have salaries in the range of $49,851 to $67,687. This is almost $18,000 difference mainly based on experience, over time, and bonuses.

When compared to other RNs working across the US, registered nurses in LA earn 55% more than in Louisiana. In New York, they earn 48% more, Houston 27%, Dallas 17% more, and in Chicago 17% more compared to nurse’s salaries in Louisiana.

Compared Salary in Louisiana with Nationwide

Most Popular Employers in Louisiana

Most of the gathered reports were from registered nurses working in Ochsner Health, Baton Rouge General, CHRISTUS Health, North Oaks Medical Center, and Woman’s Hospital.

Nurse Salaries in Louisiana

Ochsner Health

Range: $25 – $45

Baton Rouge General

Range: $22 – $31


Range: $24 – $26

North Oaks Medical Center

Range: $20 – $25

Woman’s Hospital

Range: $26 – $34

HCA Healthcare

Range: $28 – $30

According to the website, the average registered nurse salary in Louisiana is $58,669. The range of salaries reported by their users is between $49,851 and $67, 687 which is 14% lower than the national average even when we include $10,000 overtime. The main difference in salary is based on the city. Other factors that determine nurse salary in Louisiana are education, certificates, years of experience, and additional skills. 

Highest paying cities in Louisiana:

  • Metairie – $81,077 per year
  • Monroe – $66,385 per year
  • New Orleans – $64,879 per year
  • West Monroe – $61,357 per year
  • Slidell – $60,883 per year

According to the website, registered nurses earned in Louisiana in 2008 on average $62,953. When compared with other professions, nurse practitioners earned $105,410, licensed practical nurses $39,646, and nurse anestheist $156,140.

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