The historic city of Philadelphia offers Registered Nurses competitive salaries and a range of diverse work opportunities. From hospitals and physicians' offices to home health agencies and outpatient clinics, nurses can choose to work in Philly in any number of healthcare settings.

Philadelphia and the surrounding communities of Camden, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware employ nearly 73,000 Registered Nurses and approximately 5,100 advanced practice nurses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

How Much Do Philadelphia RNs Make per Hour

In the region, RNs earn approximately $37 per hour, which is slightly more than the national average. Advanced practice nurses such as Nurse Practitioners can earn approximately $52 per hour or 40 percent more than RNs.

Registered Nursing Salary in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Location Total Employment Annual Salary
United States 2,951,960 $71,730
Pennsylvania 148,520 $69,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 72,910 $76,910

Table data taken from 2018 BLS (

These salaries listed are based on averages and include the compensation of those entering the profession as well as those with decades of experience. The total compensation of registered nurses in Philadelphia can vary widely based on years' work, education, and area of expertise. By specializing in Pediatrics, Oncology, or Geriatrics, even RNs without an advanced degree can earn more. For instance, Registered Nurses in the Philadelphia region who thrive under pressure can make more as an Emergency Room or Intensive Care Unit working per diem shifts.

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