Salary for a 2-Year RN Degree

Nursing salaries differ significantly by level of education and by region.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses brought home an average annual salary of $67,930 in 2012. However, RNs who have only an associate degree in nursing, or ADN, tend to make less than those who have a bachelor's of science in nursing, or BSN. Nurses with a bachelor's or master's degree are able to compete for administrative jobs that nurses with an ADN are usually excluded from.

The Midwest

According to a salary survey conducted by ADVANCE For Nurses in 2012, registered nurses who held an associate degree earned the least in the Midwest, reporting an average annual salary of $55,863. That compares to $59,232 for those who held a BSN degree and $77,090 for RNs who held a master's of science in nursing.

The South

According to ADVANCE, registered nurses with an ADN made an average of $58,562 in the South as of 2012. They earned an average of $3,394 less per year than nurses who held a BSN, and an average of $18,808 less per year than those who held an MSN.

The Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Regions

Registered nurses with a two-year associate degree working in the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions of the United States brought home an average of $59,074 in 2012, according to ADVANCE. By comparison, those who held a BSN earned an average of $69,253, and RNs with an MSN reported a mean annual salary of $81,546.

The Northeast

RNs with an associate degree who worked in the Northeast reported an average annual salary of $64,598 in 2012, more than those in most regions of the country. However, they still earned less than RNs with higher degrees. RNs in the Northeast with a BSN averaged $72,665 a year, while those who held an MSN earned an average of $85,974 per year.

The West

Registered nurses with ADN degrees reported the highest average salaries in the West. As of 2012, they averaged $71,469 per year. Nurses who held a BSN averaged $75,973 a year. Registered nurses with a master's of science in nursing earned even more, an average of $87,933 per year.

2018 Salary Information for Registered Nurses

Registered nurses earned a median annual salary of $71,730 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, registered nurses earned a 10th percentile salary of $56,190, meaning 90 percent earned more than this amount. The 90th percentile salary is $83,770, meaning 10 percent earn more. In 2018, 3,059,800 people were employed in the U.S. as registered nurses.

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