Nursing 2 Year Salary

How Much Do RNs Make With 2-Year Degrees?
October 8, 2015 – 09:05 pm

More than 2.7 million registered nurses worked in the United States, as of 2011.More than 2.7 million registered nurses worked in the United States, as of 2011.


Registered nurses assist physicians and other medical personnel in a variety of settings. There are several educational pathways available to those who desire a nursing career, the most common being a post-secondary certificate, a two-year associate degree, or a four-year bachelor's of science in nursing. Projected pay for a registered nurse depends on a number of factors.


A 2009 salary survey conducted by RN Magazine found that the level of education had little impact on average RN salaries. For example, salaried registered nurses with a two-year degree reported an average income of $65, 698 a year, compared with $65, 891 a year for those with a post-secondary certificate and $63, 580 a year for those with a bachelor's. Among hourly nurses, the results were similar; those with an associate degree averaged $32 per hour, while those with a bachelor's averaged $33. However, an RN with a two-year degree makes significantly more than a licensed practical nurse.

Experience and Specialty Type

Experience is a much better predictor of salary than level of education, according to 2009's RN Magazine salary survey results. Those just entering the profession reported an average salary of $44, 343 per year and hourly wage of $23, while those with between 21 and 30 years of experience averaged significantly more - $70, 268 per year and $37 per hour. The specialty an RN practices may also have a significant effect on earnings. Geriatric nurses reported a very low average wage of $22 per hour, while outpatient nurses reported the highest average pay of $39 per hour.

Interesting facts
The Duke University School of Nursing is located in Durham, NC and is affiliated with Duke University and Duke University Health System. The school offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and a Ph.D. Program. The 2011 US News & World Report's rankings of nursing...
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