In North Carolina, registered nurses took home an average of $63,000 in 2013. RNs in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area — Charlotte, Concord and Gastonia — took home the most, averaging just over $68,700 annually, while RNs in Wilmington and Greenville earned less than $60,000 per year.
Nearly 90,000 registered nurses worked in North Carolina in 2013. While the state-wide annual salary was $3,000, or 5 percent, less than the national average, nurses in the Charlotte area topped the state and matched the national average. The top 10 percent highest-paid registered nurses grossed over $76,930, while the bottom 10 percent made less than $42,260. In related professions, clinical nurse managers earned an average of $66,000, and RN first assistants brought in $62,000 on average.