Registered nurses in Wisconsin earn slightly less than the national average. Many cities and regions within the state also have average salaries for RNs that are less than the national average. However, the gap between the averages is not usually very large.
Approximately 2.6 million registered nurses were employed in the U.S. as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A registered nurse in the U.S. earns an average annual salary of $66,530, or $31.99 per hour. Those in the 25th percentile earn $52,520 per year, or $25.25 per hour. Those in the 75th percentile earn $77,970 per year, or $37.49 per hour.
RNs in Wisconsin earn very close to the national average salary. The average salary of an RN in Wisconsin is $63,200, or $30.39 per hour. As of May 2009, 53,510 registered nurses were employed in Wisconsin.
The eastern region of Wisconsin has a salary of $58,430 a year for RNs, or $28.09 per hour. The western central part of the state pays RNs $61,730 per year, or $29.68 per hour. South central Wisconsin RNs earn $63,070 each year, or $30.32 per hour. Southwestern region nurses earn $60,570 per year, or $29.12 per hour.
RNs in Racine earn an average salary of $62,390 per year, or $30 per hour. Those in Green Bay earn $61,700 per year, or $29.67 per hour. Those in Wasau earn $61,550 per year, or $29.59 per hour. RNs in Eau Claire earn $30.49 per hour, or $63,430 per year. RNs in Oshkosh-Neenah earn an average salary of $61,430 per year, or $21.54 per hour. Those in the Wisconsin capital of Madison make a much higher salary of $70,280 per year, or $33.79 per hour, than in many other parts of the state.