Registered Nurse Salary in Tennessee

The average reported salary in Tennessee for Registered Nurse was $57,286 a year with an hourly wage of $26.84 according to the ZipRecruiter website.  PayScale website reports median hourly pay of $26 in Nashville. Glassdoor website reports a salary of $51,523 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 $26.84 per hour. They state that they have 1800 salary reports averaging $57,286 a year. Additionally, RNs may expect overtime compensation of $9,750 per year.

Registered Nurse Salary in Tennessee

RN Salaries by Year of Experience in Tennessee

Registered nurses with less than 1 year of experience may expect a salary of around $23.16. This is based on reported salaries including overtime, bonuses, and tips.

Registered nurses with 1-4 years of experience reportedly earned $24.07 per hour, including overtime, bonuses, and tips.

Registered nurses with more than 5 years of experience (up to 10) earned $28.49. This was reported by 108 RNs, including overtime, tips, and bonuses.

Experienced RNs with 10-19 years of experience reported a salary of $30.39. This is based on 97 reports, including tips, bonuses, and overtime.

Registered nurses with more than 20 years of experience working as RNs reported a salary of $33.59.

Years of ExperienceHourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
1 to 4$24.07$25,995.60
5 to 9$28.49$30,769.20
10 to 19$30.39$32,821.20

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

Tennessee RN Salary Compared to Nationwide

While we can see the salaries of RNs in Tennessee from $34,013 to $103,496, most of the registered nurses have salaries in the range of $52,963 to $71,913. This is almost $19,000 difference mainly based on experience, over time, and bonuses.

When compared to other RNs working across the US, registered nurses in LA earn 58% more than in Tennessee. In New York, they earn 50% more, Houston 29%, Dallas 19% more, and in Chicago 19% more compared to nurse’s salaries in Tennessee.

Most Popular Employers in Tennessee

Most of the gathered reports were from registered nurses working in the Vanderbilt Hospital, St. Thomas Hospital, Centennial Medical Center, HCA, Inc. According to them, Centennial Medical Center pays $26.30 per hour to RNs, Vanderbilt Hospital pays around $24.95. 

Nurse Salaries in Tennessee

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Range: $22 – $36

Saint Thomas Health

Range: $21 – $34

TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Range: $23 – $34

HCA Healthcare

Range: $23 – $40

Williamson Medical Center

Range: $21 – $33

Health Management Associates

Range: $29 – $29

According to the website, the average registered nurse salary in Tennessee is $57,286. The range of salaries reported by their users is between $51,744 and $67,669 which is 21% lower than the national average even when we include $9,750 overtime. The main difference in salary is based on the city. Other factors that determine nurse salary in Tennessee are education, certificates, years of experience, and additional skills. 

Highest paying cities in Tennessee:

  • Bristol – $107,045 per year
  • Memphis – $84,602 per year
  • Johnson City – $78,799 per year
  • Knoxville – $71,321 per year
  • Jackson – $70,871 per year
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