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How Much Do Registered Nurses Make in Colorado?

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Registered nurses in Colorado held 41,750 jobs as of May 2009 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They work in a variety of settings such as nursing care facilities, hospitals, cancer centers and home health facilities. Registered nurses have a variety of functions and their earnings vary by job responsibilities and geographic location.

Statewide Earnings

The average registered nurse in Colorado makes $66,800 per year according to the BLS. The amount of money earned is dependent on factors such as work hours, employer type and experience level. Registered nurses who earned the most as of May 2009 made more than $87,730 while nurses who earned the least made less than $47,560. In major metropolitan areas such as Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, registered nurses make between $62,760 and $69,760 per year on average.

Job Type

Because registered nurses work in a variety of specialty areas, their job type plays a key role in overall earnings. According to salary information from Indeed, traveling RNs in Colorado earn salaries ranging from $78,000 to $86,000 per year. Registered nurses who work in intensive care units make about $64,000 per year. Emergency room RNs can earn up to $89,000 in Colorado.


With proper training and experience, RNs can advance to clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. All advance practice nurses require at least a master’s degree. Colorado clinical nurse specialists earn $91,000 per year according to Indeed. Primary care nurse practitioners make $109,000 in Colorado. Colorado certified nurse midwives earn $91,000 per year or more depending on employer and job setting.


Registered nurses can expect strong employment and job prospects according to the BLS. Many Colorado RNs can make very high income with advanced education and experience. The BLS indicates the most favorable job prospects for RNs will be in physician’s offices, home health care centers and nursing care facilities. Faster than average growth is expected in hospital outpatient facilities that provide cancer treatment, rehabilitation and same day surgery.