So just how much can you make as a registered nurse with a BSN? That depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is your job title. BSN programs prepare you to work in a variety of settings. Employers often look for nurses with a broad range of specialties to accommodate patients’ diverse health needs. Below are expected salaries for a registered nurse with a BSN degree in an area of specialty:
- Charge Nurse: $71,241
- Clinical Nursing Manager: $66,586
- Emergency Room Registered Nurse: $65,002
- General Registered Nurse: $65,570
- Nurse Case Manager: $62,890
- Nursing Director: $121,082
In addition to these base salaries, you can expect bonuses, benefits packages, paid vacation time, sick days and other perks.
Experience is another factor. You can expect your salary to increase as you continue working as a nurse. You will gain field experience on more advanced tasks after earning your BSN. Nurses who only possess an associate’s degrees are not allowed to perform these tasks. Some employers even offer tuition reimbursement, better benefits packages and other incentives to employees who seek a master’s degree following their BSN. Note: Most states will also require you to complete continuing education courses to keep you abreast of the latest medical advancements in your area of specialty.
According to U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2013, median nursing salaries:
- CNA: $24,010 per year
- LPN/LVN: $40,380 per year
- RN: $64,690 per year
Advanced Practice RNs (APRNS) and Ph.Ds: $90,000 – $145,000 per year