Registered Nurse Salary in North Carolina

The average reported salary in North Carolina for Registered Nurse was $56,580 a year with an hourly wage of $27 according to the ZipRecruiter website.  PayScale website reports median hourly pay of $27.61 in Raleigh. 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 $32.23 per hour. They state that they have 3900 salary reports averaging $68,781 a year. Additionally, RNs may expect overtime compensation of $10,125 per year.

Registered Nurse Salary in North Carolina

RN Salaries by Year of Experience in North Carolina

Registered nurses with less than 1 year of experience may expect a salary of around $24.27. This is based on reported salaries including overtime, bonuses, and tips.

Registered nurses with 1-4 years of experience reportedly earned $25.79 per hour, including overtime, bonuses, and tips.

Registered nurses with more than 5 years of experience (up to 10) earned $29.17. This was reported by 71 RNs, including overtime, tips, and bonuses.

Experienced RNs with 10-19 years of experience reported a salary of $31.24. This is based on 72 reports, including tips, bonuses, and overtime.

Registered nurses with more than 20 years of experience working as RNs reported a salary of $30.50.

Years of ExperienceHourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
>1$24.27$26,211.60
1 to 4$25.79$27,853.20
5 to 9$29.17$31,503.60
10 to 19$31.24$33,739.20
20+$30.50$32,940.00



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

North Carolina RN Salary Compared to Nationwide

While we can see the salaries of RNs in North Carolina from $28,156 to $85,674, most of the registered nurses have salaries in the range of $43,842 to $59529. This is almost $16,000 difference mainly based on experience, over time, and bonuses.

When compared to other RNs working across the US, registered nurses in LA earn 48% more than in North Carolina. In New York, they earn 41% more, Houston 21%, Dallas 12% more, and in Chicago 12% more compared to nurse’s salaries in North Carolina.

Most Popular Employers in North Carolina

Most of the gathered reports were from registered nurses working in Atrium Health, Duke University Health System, Novant Health, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, and Onslow Memorial Hospital.

Nurse Salaries in North Carolina

Atrium Health

$28/hr
Range: $22 – $40

Duke University Health System

$29/hr
Range: $22 – $32

Novant Health

$29/hr
Range: $23 – $36

WakeMed Health and Hospitals

$28/hr
Range: $25 – $35

Mission Health

$27/hr
Range: $24 – $33

Onslow Memorial Hospital

$27/hr
Range: $21 – $30

According to the Indeed.com website, the average registered nurse salary in North Carolina is $68,781. The range of salaries reported by their users is between $43,342 and $59,529 which is the same as the national average even when we include $10,125 overtime. The main difference in salary is based on the city. Other factors that determine nurse salary in North Carolina are education, certificates, years of experience, and additional skills. 

Highest paying cities in North Carolina:

  • Greenville – $131,091 per year
  • Durham – $94,355 per year
  • Winston-Salem – $68,890 per year
  • Releigh – $68,341 per year
  • Fayetteville – $67,576 per year

Registered nurse salaries working in different occupations in North Carolina:

  • Registered Nurse – $64,559
  • Nurse Practitioner – $105,619
  • Licensed Practical Nurse – $44,772
  • Nurse Anestheist – $168,703
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