Bachelor of Science in Nursing Job Outlook

BSN Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for registered nurses is expected to increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022, and that includes those with their BSN degree.  Those with a BSN have a higher chance of being hired by a company, in fact, a registered nurse with a BSN is qualified for more than 80% of jobs that are nursing related!

  • Salaries for registered nurses will vary, depending on location, experience, certification, and specialty. 
  • On average, someone with a BSN with less than one year of experience may earn around $52,000 annually.  Similarly, an entry level registered nurse will average a salary of about $51,000.
  • After 1-4 years of experience, an RN with a BSN may have the chance to earn up to $62,000 a year.
  • A registered nurse mid-career in the 50th percentile can make an average of $59,800.
  • For a registered nurse who has worked in his/her position for a long time, the average salary for the 50th percentile is $65,000 annually.
  • As stated before, this can all vary based on geographic location and experience.  For instance, in Atlanta Georgia, an incoming professional with a BSN may earn $59,000 a year.  In New York City, that same person may earn close to $70,000 annually.
  • In certain cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, an RN has the opportunity to earn more due to the cost of living, than other cities such as Atlanta, Orlando, and St. Louis.  In Los Angeles, a registered nurse can make anywhere from as much as $90,000, while in St. Louis, a salary for a registered nurse can range from $35,600 to $77,000.
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