Registered nurses (RNs) are in high demand. The profession is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurses will likely find more jobs created in outpatient centers instead of in hospitals in coming years. RNs in Idaho can generally expect a salary that is a few thousand dollars less per year than the national average. However, depending on the city in which you work, your annual average salary may be more than the national average.
The average salary of a registered nurse in the U.S. is $66,530, according to a 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate. The hourly rate for an RN averages $31.99 in the U.S. About 2,583,770 nurses were employed in the U.S. as of 2009.
The annual and hourly average wages of a registered nurse in Idaho are less than the national average. The annual salary is about $61,320--approximately $5,000 less per year than the national average. The hourly average wage is $29.48, or about $2.50 less per hour than the national average.
Boise, a city of about 185,800 people (as of January 2011, according to the American Towns website), employs about 5,120 registered nurses. The average annual salary of a Boise RN is more in line with the national average, at about $65,250 per year. The hourly rate averages $31.37.
Pocatello, Idaho has about 51,466 people as of January 2011. The city employs about 670 registered nurses, and their annual average salary is $59,710. Their hourly wage is $28.71. These figures are significantly less than both the state and national averages.
As of 2011, Coeur d'Alene has about 890 registered nurses in a city of about 34,500 people. RNs here earn an average annual salary for registered nurses that is higher than Boise, the state average, and the national average. The annual average salary of an RN in Coeur d’Alene is $67,820, or $32.61 per hour.