These days, it seems as though the majority of news about the nursing industry focuses on the need for nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
If you’re new to the industry, this means many employers expect you to have a BSN before you even fill out an application. Even many experienced nurses feel the need to go back to school and earn a bachelor’s degree as a form of job security.
As a result, more than 600 nursing schools have introduced RN to BSN degrees for working nurses, according to the New York Times. Enrollment in online courses has jumped from under 30,000 to nearly 90,000 in just 10 years, illustrating the need for nurses to continue working while earning advanced degrees.
For new nurses, community colleges have been begun partnering with four-year schools to make sure graduates are competitive in the job market.
But how much do degrees influence the salary of nurses? Though it seems pretty clear that a BSN is an important credential for all nurses, we want to look at how much the degree affects the average salary of RNs.
The following chart from PayScale.com reports actual RN salary averages, updated in real time. But of course this can vary depending on the degree you earn.
Head over to this more detailed chart to see breakdown of salaries by major. According to the information, the average salary difference between a nurse with a BSN and a nurse with an associate’s degree is around $2,500 per year. Of course, these are just averages and vary greatly depending on number of years of experience, location, type of workplace and much more.
Have you gone back to school to earn a BSN after working with an associate’s or other degree? How accurate do these numbers seem in your experience? Did you see a pay bump similar to those listed below? Let us know in the comments section below.
This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.