Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Salary: How Much Does a BSN Nurse Make in 2024?


Written By: Editorial Staff @ NursingProcess.org


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is considered the gold standard in nursing education, and for good reason. Accredited BSN programs offer fantastic education that will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as an RN. If you are thinking of choosing a BSN program and becoming a registered nurse, certain aspects such as BSN salary and job outlook are vital to this decision. Here, you will learn more about how much you can earn with a BSN, what kind of outlook you can expect, and how these things would differ if you choose an associate’s (ADN) degree, instead.


How Many BSN Degree Holders are Currently Employed in the United States?


Across the country, there are 1,640,430 people who have BSN degrees.

BSNs Currently Employed
1,640,430


What is the Starting Salary of a BSN Nurse?


The average starting BSN salary is $64,480. This represents the average amount you can earn during your first year as a registered nurse with a BSN. Things like the state, city, and your employer of choice will have the most impact on your salary immediately after you graduate.

Starting Salary
$64,480



What Is the Average BSN Salary?


Hourly Wage:

The average BSN nurse salary per hour is $44.50. This amount can change somewhat depending on several factors. Not all RNs who have BSNs are paid by the hour; some – especially nurse managers – are salaried. What’s more, due to nursing shortages across the country, RNs with BSNs tend to work frequent overtime, which demands a higher hourly pay rate.

Monthly Salary:

The average monthly salary for BSN graduates working as RNs tops out at $7,710 for those working full-time positions.

Annual Salary:

The average annual RN salary for those who have BSN degrees is $92,560. This number represents all BSN-educated RNs across the country, and there are several factors that can impact your personal salary. For example, RNs who have little to no experience will earn significantly less than the average annual salary while those who have worked as RNs for decades are likely to earn a great deal more. You will earn a higher salary working in a busy, populated area rather than a rural one, and if you work in a government- or state-owned hospital, you will earn significantly more than if you work in a private hospital.

Type Salary
Hourly$44.50
Monthly$7,710
Annual$92,560
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Past BSN Salary Growth (2018-2022)


Over the last five years, salary growth has remained consistent with increases ranging from 2.67% to 7.81%. The total growth for this time period was 21.30%, or a difference of $16,290.



Year Average Salary Growth
Number %
2018$78,520 $2,040 2.67%
2019$80,320 $1,800 2.29%
2020$83,120 $2,800 3.49%
2021$86,050 $2,930 3.53%
2022$92,770 $6,720 7.81%
Overall Growth in Last Five Years $9,510 21.30%
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Projected BSN Salary Growth (2023-2027)


In the next five years, even higher BSN nurse salary growth is expected. By 2027, salary is expected to climb by $19,720, or 21.26%. This is being driven by a few important factors. As the population grows, and as the larger population gains access to affordable health insurance, the demand for quality healthcare will continue to rise. Aside from this, the Institute of Medicine’s push to have 80% of all RNs educated at the BSN level by 2020 is spurring employers to prefer BSN-educated RNs over their ADN-educated counterparts, which further drives demand, requiring employers to offer higher salaries to attract RNs.

Year Average Salary Growth
Number %
2023$96,220 $3,450 3.72%
2024$99,900 $3,680 3.82%
2025$103,850 $3,950 3.95%
2026$107,900 $4,050 3.90%
2027$112,490 $4,590 4.25%
Overall Growth in Next Five Years$19,720 21.26%
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


BSN Nurse Salary vs. Similar Healthcare Occupations Which Require a Four-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program


The demand for well-educated registered nurses means that the BSN nurse salary is higher than any other occupation requiring a four-year baccalaureate degree. Salaries for this profession top out at $136,210.

Occupation Average Salary Annual Salary Range
Hourly Monthly Annual
Registered Nurse with BSN $44.50 $7,710 $92,560 $64,480 - $136,210
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist $39.48 $6,840 $82,110 $47,160 - $121,510
Dietitians and Nutritionist $33.34 $5,780 $69,350 $44,140 - $95,130
Athletic Trainer $27.79 $4,820 $57,810 $39,670 - $78,000
Recreational Therapist $27.07 $4,690 $56,310 $33,930 - $84,410
Exercise Physiologist $26.84 $4,650 $55,820 $39,250 - $77,980
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Industry Wise BSN Salary – Highest to Lowest


Your salary will also be affected by the industry in which you choose to work. Federal government pays their baccalaureate-educated RNs the most while schools pay the least.

Rank Industry Average Salary
Hourly Annual Annual Salary Range
1 Temporary Help Services 45,380 $52.57 $109,350
2 Federal Government 47,470 $52.05 $108,260
3 State Government Owned Hospitals 51,700 $48.09 $100,030
4 Specialty Hospitals 33,250 $45.64 $94,930
5 Private Hospitals 813,190 $45.25 $94,120
6 Local Government Owned Hospitals 92,490 $43.64 $90,780
7 Home Health Care Services 90,990 $41.46 $86,230
8 Offices of Physicians 109,390 $39.90 $82,990
9 Nursing Care Facilities 65,340 $38.59 $80,270
10 Elementary and Secondary Schools 32,890 $32.50 $67,610
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Average BSN Salary in 10 States Employing the Highest Number of Nurses


1. California:

It comes as no surprise that California is the highest-paying state when it comes to BSN nurses. The state’s population is experiencing a significant increase, and it is home to some of the nation’s best and most prestigious research hospitals, including St. Jude’s and the University of California at San Francisco. The state’s government-subsidized healthcare program is far-reaching, which means that the demand for RNs here is high.

Hourly $66.95
Monthly $11,600
Annual $139,250


2. Texas:

Though Texas currently employs a great deal of BSN nurses when compared to other states, it is also in the midst of a nursing shortage. As a result, it is expected that baccalaureate-educated RNs in Texas will have access to outstanding job opportunities for the foreseeable future, particularly in high-population cities like Houston, Arlington, Ft. Worth, and Dallas. The latter is home to Baylor University Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading research hospitals and one of the state’s biggest employers of RNs.

Hourly $41.51
Monthly $7,200
Annual $86,340


3. New York:

BSN nurses in New York also have fantastic employment opportunities, especially in New York City and the surrounding area. Hospitals here serve the largest and most highly concentrated population in the country, and many of these are known for their groundbreaking research. Among these, New York Presbyterian is one of the best hospitals in the world, and it is one of the most coveted workplaces among RNs in the state.

Hourly $49.24
Monthly $8,530
Annual $102,410


4. Florida:

Florida’s population is older than much of the rest of the country, which means healthcare is in especially high demand. The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and Cleveland Clinic Florida are two of the state’s most prestigious employers. Aside from this, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers are plentiful, and they command an above-average number of BSN-educated RNs, as does the large number of private plastic surgery practices.

Hourly $39.21
Monthly $6,800
Annual $81,550


5. Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania may not be as populated as New York, California, or even Texas, but it does provide ample opportunity for BSN-educated RNs. Hospitals like the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Presbyterian, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital offer incredible opportunities. Nursing homes are prevalent in PA, and home health nurses are always in high demand.

Hourly $40.74
Monthly $7,060
Annual $84,740


6. Ohio:

Ohio is home to some of the country’s leading research hospitals, and these draw patients from across the country. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the James Cancer Hospital, and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center are just a few examples. Ohio is also home to numerous long-term care facilities that depend on highly educated and experienced RNs to provide care.

Hourly $38.99
Monthly $6,760
Annual $81,100


7. Illinois:

BSN-educated RNs play crucial roles for numerous Illinois employers, particularly in Chicago, which is home to dozens of hospitals and medical centers. Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush University Medical Center are two of the most coveted among RNs. Doctors’ offices are also highly prevalent throughout the area, both in the Chicago metro and in its suburbs. An above-average number of RNs call private practices like these home.

Hourly $41.42
Monthly $7,180
Annual $86,150


8. North Carolina:

North Carolina is home to the famed Duke University, which is one of the best schools in the country for aspiring RNs. Many continue to work for the Duke University Medical Center long after graduation, but others move on to other employment opportunities. These include the University of North Carolina Health Care facility in Chapel Hill, UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, among others.

Hourly $39.01
Monthly $6,760
Annual $81,150


9. Michigan:

The University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine facility in Ann Arbor is one of the state’s top employers of BSN-educated RNs. Beaumont Hospital in Troy is another of the biggest RN employers. Michigan is also known for its selection of general care practitioners and specialists, which employ an above-average number of RNs when compared to other states.

Hourly $40.56
Monthly $7,030
Annual $84,370


10. Massachusetts:

Finally, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and even long-term care facilities in Massachusetts employ a vast number of BSN-educated RNs. UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital (also in Boston) are among the state’s top RN employers. Massachusetts is also home to Harvard Medical School, internationally known as one of the best, which employs some of the country’s most talented, experienced, and highly paid RNs.

Hourly $53.62
Monthly $9,290
Annual $111,530


State Wise BSN Salary – Highest to Lowest


RNs with BSN degrees earn the highest salaries in states offering the best in the country in terms of medical research and quality healthcare, including California, Hawaii, and Oregon.

Rank State Average Salary Annual Salary Range
Hourly Monthly Annual
1 California $66.95 $11,600 $139,250 $89,160 - $187,030
2 Hawaii $57.48 $9,960 $119,560 $80,680 - $144,960
3 Oregon $54.04 $9,370 $112,410 $85,760 - $138,120
4 Massachusetts $53.62 $9,290 $111,530 $71,030 - $162,280
5 Alaska $51.98 $9,010 $108,110 $85,210 - $133,980
6 Washington $51.76 $8,970 $107,670 $81,540 - $138,140
7 New York $49.24 $8,530 $102,410 $68,250 - $139,950
8 District of Columbia $49.08 $8,510 $102,090 $69,750 - $142,380
9 Nevada $49.08 $8,510 $102,080 $78,110 - $137,060
10 New Jersey $48.61 $8,430 $101,100 $80,690 - $124,370
11 Connecticut $47.59 $8,250 $98,990 $74,790 - $125,900
12 Minnesota $44.42 $7,700 $92,390 $68,950 - $113,640
13 Rhode Island $43.96 $7,620 $91,440 $68,700 - $110,310
14 Maryland $43.80 $7,590 $91,110 $68,090 - $112,540
15 Colorado $43.61 $7,560 $90,700 $69,610 - $112,910
16 Arizona $43.51 $7,540 $90,500 $69,520 - $111,080
17 New Mexico $43.01 $7,460 $89,470 $67,910 - $111,900
18 Delaware $42.89 $7,440 $89,220 $67,480 - $106,430
19 Georgia $42.63 $7,390 $88,670 $63,580 - $124,500
20 New Hampshire $41.62 $7,210 $86,570 $66,100 - $109,760
21 Texas $41.51 $7,200 $86,340 $65,210 - $110,810
22 Illinois $41.42 $7,180 $86,150 $65,450 - $107,460
23 Virginia $41.00 $7,110 $85,280 $65,230 - $109,910
24 Pennsylvania $40.74 $7,060 $84,740 $64,690 - $106,790
25 Wisconsin $40.73 $7,060 $84,720 $68,540 - $106,130
26 Michigan $40.56 $7,030 $84,370 $67,650 - $106,230
27 Vermont $40.23 $6,970 $83,670 $64,110 - $106,920
28 Idaho $39.59 $6,860 $82,350 $64,770 - $105,730
29 Wyoming $39.51 $6,850 $82,190 $64,120 - $107,380
30 Montana $39.33 $6,820 $81,810 $66,240 - $104,180
31 Maine $39.32 $6,820 $81,790 $64,390 - $106,220
32 Florida $39.21 $6,800 $81,550 $64,410 - $105,330
33 North Carolina $39.01 $6,760 $81,150 $62,720 - $105,720
34 Ohio $38.99 $6,760 $81,100 $65,120 - $103,560
35 Utah $38.95 $6,750 $81,010 $65,110 - $103,160
36 Kentucky $37.89 $6,570 $78,810 $59,080 - $103,730
37 Louisiana $37.65 $6,530 $78,310 $60,530 - $100,570
38 Nebraska $37.59 $6,520 $78,180 $62,000 - $98,140
39 Oklahoma $37.48 $6,500 $77,960 $56,380 - $102,650
40 Indiana $37.40 $6,480 $77,800 $58,110 - $100,630
41 North Dakota $37.30 $6,470 $77,580 $63,980 - $95,950
42 South Carolina $37.21 $6,450 $77,390 $55,390 - $98,100
43 West Virginia $36.25 $6,280 $75,410 $50,150 - $101,550
44 Missouri $36.22 $6,280 $75,330 $54,150 - $99,310
45 Tennessee $35.77 $6,200 $74,410 $53,970 - $100,520
46 Kansas $35.50 $6,150 $73,840 $54,750 - $98,020
47 Iowa $34.77 $6,030 $72,330 $59,300 - $87,750
48 Mississippi $33.68 $5,840 $70,050 $52,610 - $88,450
49 South Dakota $32.71 $5,670 $68,040 $53,940 - $85,120
50 Alabama $32.62 $5,650 $67,850 $51,390 - $87,120
51 Arkansas $32.45 $5,630 $67,500 $39,610 - $88,110
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Major Cities Paying the Highest BSN Salaries


The top six highest-paying cities for BSN graduates are in California, and they include Oakland along with Oakland ($171,000), San Francisco ($171,000), San Jose ($168,130), Sacramento ($148,840) and Modesto ($140,860).

Rank City Average Salary Annual Salary Range
Hourly Monthly Annual
1 Oakland, CA $82.21 $14,250 $171,000 $112,380 - $227,640
2 San Francisco, CA $82.21 $14,250 $171,000 $112,380 - $227,640
3 San Jose, CA $80.83 $14,010 $168,130 $113,020 - $226,010
4 Sacramento, CA $71.56 $12,400 $148,840 $103,000 - $200,460
5 Modesto, CA $67.72 $11,740 $140,860 $100,340 - $186,730
6 Stockton, CA $64.23 $11,130 $133,600 $100,270 - $174,990
7 Anaheim, CA $63.33 $10,980 $131,720 $88,310 - $174,540
8 Long Beach, CA $63.33 $10,980 $131,720 $88,310 - $174,540
9 Los Angeles, CA $63.33 $10,980 $131,720 $88,310 - $174,540
10 Fresno, CA $62.58 $10,850 $130,170 $87,580 - $171,970
11 Riverside, CA $61.67 $10,690 $128,280 $86,390 - $170,690
12 San Bernardino, CA $61.67 $10,690 $128,280 $86,390 - $170,690
13 Oxnard, CA $60.63 $10,510 $126,100 $88,390 - $170,380
14 Bakersfield, CA $59.41 $10,300 $123,580 $85,710 - $168,820
15 San Diego, CA $59.07 $10,240 $122,870 $66,920 - $171,400
16 Honolulu, HI $58.59 $10,160 $121,860 $80,940 - $144,960
17 Portland, OR $56.26 $9,750 $117,020 $88,940 - $141,900
18 Boston, MA $55.38 $9,600 $115,190 $77,950 - $168,280
19 Seattle, WA $53.16 $9,220 $110,580 $85,020 - $139,970
20 Tacoma, WA $53.16 $9,220 $110,580 $85,020 - $139,970
21 Anchorage, AK $52.21 $9,050 $108,600 $85,220 - $132,380
22 Jersey City, NJ $51.68 $8,960 $107,490 $81,460 - $138,780
23 New York, NY $51.68 $8,960 $107,490 $81,460 - $138,780
24 Newark, NJ $51.68 $8,960 $107,490 $81,460 - $138,780
25 Spokane, WA $50.38 $8,730 $104,790 $80,630 - $139,710
26 Henderson, NV $49.50 $8,580 $102,950 $80,050 - $137,060
27 Las Vegas, NV $49.50 $8,580 $102,950 $80,050 - $137,060
28 Reno, NV $46.89 $8,130 $97,540 $73,330 - $131,830
29 Washington, DC $45.91 $7,960 $95,490 $69,750 - $125,690
30 Minneapolis, MN $45.41 $7,870 $94,450 $71,160 - $114,330
31 Saint Paul, MN $45.41 $7,870 $94,450 $71,160 - $114,330
32 Atlanta, GA $45.25 $7,840 $94,130 $65,840 - $132,120
33 Baltimore, MD $44.18 $7,660 $91,890 $68,920 - $112,540
34 Aurora, CO $43.97 $7,620 $91,450 $69,800 - $112,930
35 Denver, CO $43.97 $7,620 $91,450 $69,800 - $112,930
36 Philadelphia, PA $43.92 $7,610 $91,350 $69,310 - $110,840
37 Albuquerque, NM $43.88 $7,610 $91,260 $72,930 - $111,900
38 Mesa, AZ $43.87 $7,600 $91,240 $70,140 - $111,140
39 Phoenix, AZ $43.87 $7,600 $91,240 $70,140 - $111,140
40 Scottsdale, AZ $43.87 $7,600 $91,240 $70,140 - $111,140
41 Madison, WI $43.69 $7,570 $90,870 $76,090 - $104,800
42 Buffalo, NY $43.52 $7,540 $90,530 $66,480 - $114,190
43 Houston, TX $43.36 $7,520 $90,190 $66,420 - $112,400
44 Arlington, TX $43.10 $7,470 $89,650 $66,310 - $112,510
45 Dallas, TX $43.10 $7,470 $89,650 $66,310 - $112,510
46 Fort Worth, TX $43.10 $7,470 $89,650 $66,310 - $112,510
47 Chicago, IL $43.09 $7,470 $89,630 $68,120 - $111,120
48 Austin, TX $42.62 $7,390 $88,650 $65,860 - $109,370
49 Tucson, AZ $42.34 $7,340 $88,060 $68,490 - $107,270
50 Milwaukee, WI $41.68 $7,220 $86,690 $69,200 - $109,860
51 Rochester, NY $41.22 $7,150 $85,740 $65,710 - $106,990
52 Detroit, MI $41.21 $7,140 $85,710 $68,840 - $106,610
53 Colorado Springs, CO $41.19 $7,140 $85,670 $65,310 - $110,830
54 Richmond, VA $41.17 $7,140 $85,640 $67,490 - $109,760
55 Winston–Salem, NC $41.00 $7,110 $85,290 $67,980 - $106,120
56 Boise, ID $41.00 $7,110 $85,270 $66,720 - $106,870
57 San Antonio, TX $40.88 $7,090 $85,030 $62,850 - $109,590
58 Miami, FL $40.57 $7,030 $84,380 $65,580 - $108,440
59 Cleveland, OH $40.54 $7,030 $84,320 $68,560 - $106,420
60 Fayetteville, NC $40.17 $6,960 $83,550 $57,920 - $108,420
61 Norfolk, VA $40.02 $6,940 $83,250 $65,570 - $107,470
62 Virginia Beach, VA $40.02 $6,940 $83,250 $65,570 - $107,470
63 Columbus, OH $39.96 $6,930 $83,110 $67,040 - $104,500
64 Cincinnati, OH $39.63 $6,870 $82,430 $66,320 - $105,880
65 Lubbock, TX $39.62 $6,870 $82,410 $64,660 - $110,620
66 Greensboro, NC $39.60 $6,860 $82,370 $63,810 - $102,180
67 Charlotte, NC $39.58 $6,860 $82,320 $63,550 - $106,370
68 Louisville, KY $39.46 $6,840 $82,070 $64,940 - $105,820
69 St. Petersburg, FL $39.43 $6,830 $82,010 $66,450 - $103,500
70 Tampa, FL $39.43 $6,830 $82,010 $66,450 - $103,500
71 New Orleans, LA $39.19 $6,790 $81,520 $65,010 - $103,740
72 Orlando, FL $39.16 $6,790 $81,450 $65,920 - $105,390
73 Amarillo, TX $39.12 $6,780 $81,360 $63,950 - $104,590
74 Raleigh, NC $39.09 $6,780 $81,300 $64,210 - $103,390
75 Jacksonville, FL $39.02 $6,760 $81,160 $65,240 - $104,120
76 Grand Rapids, MI $38.92 $6,750 $80,950 $68,190 - $98,540
77 Akron, OH $38.81 $6,730 $80,720 $66,250 - $98,750
78 Indianapolis, IN $38.65 $6,700 $80,390 $57,980 - $107,940
79 Kansas City, MO $38.61 $6,690 $80,300 $63,310 - $102,220
80 Pittsburgh, PA $38.55 $6,680 $80,190 $63,920 - $101,890
81 Nashville, TN $38.54 $6,680 $80,170 $55,870 - $112,120
82 Oklahoma City, OK $38.50 $6,670 $80,090 $64,050 - $101,640
83 Toledo, OH $38.50 $6,670 $80,080 $66,310 - $99,230
84 Omaha, NE $38.35 $6,650 $79,760 $63,560 - $100,640
85 Lexington, KY $38.31 $6,640 $79,690 $64,430 - $101,200
86 St. Louis, MO $38.28 $6,640 $79,630 $61,400 - $104,190
87 Tulsa, OK $38.25 $6,630 $79,570 $54,740 - $110,260
88 Corpus Christi, TX $37.95 $6,580 $78,940 $63,490 - $99,380
89 El Paso, TX $37.77 $6,550 $78,560 $61,110 - $99,430
90 Memphis, TN $37.17 $6,440 $77,320 $54,260 - $106,820
91 Lincoln, NE $37.14 $6,440 $77,260 $63,980 - $89,340
92 Fort Wayne, IN $37.06 $6,420 $77,080 $62,100 - $100,090
93 Laredo, TX $36.50 $6,330 $75,910 $55,070 - $95,030
94 Baton Rouge, LA $36.45 $6,320 $75,820 $55,060 - $95,370
95 Columbus, GA $35.81 $6,210 $74,480 $56,100 - $86,990
96 Little Rock, AR $35.72 $6,190 $74,290 $54,810 - $95,790
97 Des Moines, IA $35.14 $6,090 $73,090 $62,830 - $85,950
98 Montgomery, AL $34.76 $6,030 $72,310 $51,790 - $96,840
99 Wichita, KS $33.91 $5,880 $70,540 $53,740 - $89,420
100 Birmingham, AL $33.63 $5,830 $69,940 $53,750 - $89,330
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


BSN Job Outlook: What The Future Holds?


BSN Past Employment Growth (2018 - 2022)


Between 2018 and 2022, BSN nurse employment grew somewhat erratically but steadily, nonetheless. For the entire period, 89,990 BSN-educated RNs joined the workforce, representing growth of 5.91%.

Year Number of
Employees
Growth
Number %
2018 1,546,830 23,650 1.55%
2019 1,562,710 15,880 1.03%
2020 1,576,870 14,160 0.91%
2021 1,596,910 20,040 1.27%
2022 1,613,170 16,260 1.02%
Overall Growth in Five Years 89,990 5.91%
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Projected BSN Employment Growth (2023 - 2027)


Over the next five years, between 2023 and 2027, BSN employment growth will remain about the same as the previous five-year period and perhaps even slow slightly. Many states across the nation are experiencing severe nursing shortages, and this is especially true in California, Florida, and New York. Though there are plenty of opportunities available for BSN-educated RNs in these states, there are simply not enough nurses to fill them. The projected addition of 98,540 new positions for BSN graduates, equal to 6.11% growth in this timeframe, reflects this. Employment will continue to grow, but it will grow more slowly than in years past.

Year Employment Growth
Number %
2023 1,625,080 11,910 0.74%
2024 1,641,000 15,920 0.98%
2025 1,660,530 19,530 1.19%
2026 1,683,930 23,400 1.41%
2027 1,711,710 27,780 1.65%
Overall Growth in Next Five Years 98,540 6.11%
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Projected BSN Annual Job Openings


Annual job openings will continue to climb between 2023 and 2027. There were 122,270 new and replacement jobs available to BSN-educated RNs in 2022. This number will climb each year, and by 2027, it will reach 139,230 openings.

Year New Replacement Annual Job Openings
(New + Replacement)
2023 11,910 95,580 107,490
2024 15,920 99,590 115,510
2025 19,530 103,200 122,730
2026 23,400 107,070 130,470
2027 27,780 111,450 139,230
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Which Industries are Hiring the Highest Number of BSN Graduates?


Private hospitals – hospitals not owned by federal, state, or local governments – are by far the biggest employer of BSN graduates. They employ a total of 813,190 RNs, and physicians’ offices trails a distant second at just 109,390 RNs.

Industry Employment
Private Hospitals 813,190
Offices of Physicians 109,390
Local Government Owned Hospitals 92,490
Home Health Care Services 90,990
Nursing Care Facilities 65,340
State Government Owned Hospitals 51,700
Federal Government 47,470
Temporary Help Services 45,380
Specialty Hospitals 33,250
Elementary and Secondary Schools 32,890
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


State Wise BSN Job Outlook


The outlook for RNs who have BSN degrees is much stronger in some states than in others, and it is highest in states with the fastest-growing populations.

State Employment Employment Growth (2020-2030) Annual
Job Openings
(New + Replacement)
2020 2030 Number %
Alabama 26,870 29,330 2,460 9.16% 1,680
Alaska 2,980 3,440 460 15.44% 210
Arizona 30,640 43,090 12,450 40.63% 3,140
Arkansas 13,570 14,940 1,370 10.10% 870
California 169,720 189,860 20,140 11.87% 11,210
Colorado 27,820 36,110 8,290 29.80% 2,340
Connecticut 18,060 18,950 890 4.93% 1,040
Delaware 6,110 7,060 950 15.55% 430
District of Columbia 5,540 5,900 360 6.50% 330
Florida 99,100 114,530 15,430 15.57% 7,010
Georgia 38,350 45,730 7,380 19.24% 2,890
Hawaii 6,170 6,770 600 9.72% 390
Idaho 8,040 9,730 1,690 21.02% 590
Illinois 71,600 75,590 3,990 5.57% 4,160
Indiana 34,970 38,060 3,090 8.84% 2,180
Iowa 17,350 19,610 2,260 13.03% 1,170
Kansas 16,200 17,560 1,360 8.40% 1,000
Kentucky 22,700 24,940 2,240 9.87% 1,440
Maine 7,830 8,170 340 4.34% 440
Maryland 37,410 44,280 6,870 18.36% 2,780
Massachusetts 46,040 52,140 6,100 13.25% 3,120
Michigan 53,760 58,590 4,830 8.98% 3,360
Minnesota 37,610 40,490 2,880 7.66% 2,290
Mississippi 15,340 17,570 2,230 14.54% 1,060
Missouri 38,420 41,330 2,910 7.57% 2,330
Montana 5,600 6,250 650 11.61% 370
Nebraska 14,500 15,770 1,270 8.76% 900
Nevada 12,600 15,670 3,070 24.37% 1,030
New Hampshire 7,340 8,060 720 9.81% 470
New Jersey 43,840 48,060 4,220 9.63% 2,770
New Mexico 9,820 11,290 1,470 14.97% 690
New York 103,310 121,980 18,670 18.07% 7,630
North Carolina 53,530 60,260 6,730 12.57% 3,590
North Dakota 5,270 6,060 790 14.99% 370
Ohio 68,850 74,470 5,620 8.16% 4,230
Oklahoma 20,500 23,170 2,670 13.02% 1,390
Oregon 21,480 24,320 2,840 13.22% 1,360
Pennsylvania 77,170 84,840 7,670 9.94% 4,910
Rhode Island 6,640 7,060 420 6.33% 390
South Carolina 24,650 27,530 2,880 11.68% 1,620
South Dakota 7,040 7,960 920 13.07% 480
Tennessee 33,680 39,750 6,070 18.02% 2,490
Texas 115,790 136,860 21,070 18.20% 8,580
Utah 13,020 15,770 2,750 21.12% 1,020
Vermont 3,630 4,030 400 11.02% 240
Virginia 35,290 38,560 3,270 9.27% 2,220
Washington 32,260 37,850 5,590 17.33% 2,870
West Virginia 11,290 12,750 1,460 12.93% 760
Wisconsin 33,850 35,510 1,660 4.90% 1,940
Wyoming 2,660 2,980 320 12.03% 170
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


ADN VS BSN – Salary & Employment Comparison


BSN Degree Holders Earn 14.75% More Than ADN Degree Holders


ADN-educated RNs earn an average annual salary of $80,660 each year compared to the $92,560 average BSN salary. This is a difference of $11,900 a year, or 14.75%. With more specialized knowledge, highly-educated RNs take on more responsibility and command a higher salary.

ADN BSN How Much More Will a BSN Earn
Number %
$80,660 $92,560 +$11,900+14.75%
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


Demand for BSNs is growing at 7.26% Compared to 4.46% for ADNs


Because BSN-educated RNs have been shown to lead to much better overall patient outcomes, their demand is much higher than that of their ADN-educated counterparts. Between 2020 and 2030, the employment of RNs with BSNs will grow by 7.26% compared to just 4.46% for RNs with ADNs. Because of this demand, RN to BSN programs have become increasingly popular across the nation.

Employment New Job Growth (2020-2030)
2020 2030 Number %
BSN1,640,4301,759,450119,0207.26%
ADN936,050977,84041,7904.46%
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


47,750 More Jobs are Being Created for BSN Graduates Annually Compared to ADN


Each year across the country, only 59,740 new and replacement job openings are available to RNs with associate degrees compared to 107,490 openings for RNs with bachelor’s degrees. This is a difference of 47,750 jobs a year that offer better hours and higher pay along with more responsibilities, and it drives many working RNs to seek BSN programs that fit their schedules and budgets.

Annual Job Openings
(New + Replacement)
ADN59,740
BSN107,490
Difference47,750
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


State Wise ADN VS BSN - Salary Comparison


Bachelor of science in nursing salary is higher than the average ADN salary in every state. The difference is far greater in states like California ($17,900) and Hawaii ($15,370) than in less-populated areas like Alabama ($8,720) or Arkansas ($8,680).

State ADN
Salary
BSN
Salary
How Much More will
a BSN Earn
Alabama $59,130 $67,850 $8,720
Alaska $94,210 $108,110 $13,900
Arizona $78,860 $90,500 $11,640
Arkansas $58,820 $67,500 $8,680
California $121,350 $139,250 $17,900
Colorado $79,040 $90,700 $11,660
Connecticut $86,260 $98,990 $12,730
Delaware $77,750 $89,220 $11,470
District of Columbia $88,970 $102,090 $13,120
Florida $71,060 $81,550 $10,490
Georgia $77,270 $88,670 $11,400
Hawaii $104,190 $119,560 $15,370
Idaho $71,760 $82,350 $10,590
Illinois $75,070 $86,150 $11,080
Indiana $67,800 $77,800 $10,000
Iowa $63,030 $72,330 $9,300
Kansas $64,340 $73,840 $9,500
Kentucky $68,680 $78,810 $10,130
Louisiana $68,240 $78,310 $10,070
Maine $71,270 $81,790 $10,520
Maryland $79,390 $91,110 $11,720
Massachusetts $97,190 $111,530 $14,340
Michigan $73,520 $84,370 $10,850
Minnesota $80,510 $92,390 $11,880
Mississippi $61,040 $70,050 $9,010
Missouri $65,640 $75,330 $9,690
Montana $71,290 $81,810 $10,520
Nebraska $68,120 $78,180 $10,060
Nevada $88,950 $102,080 $13,130
New Hampshire $75,440 $86,570 $11,130
New Jersey $88,100 $101,100 $13,000
New Mexico $77,970 $89,470 $11,500
New York $89,240 $102,410 $13,170
North Carolina $70,710 $81,150 $10,440
North Dakota $67,600 $77,580 $9,980
Ohio $70,670 $81,100 $10,430
Oklahoma $67,940 $77,960 $10,020
Oregon $97,950 $112,410 $14,460
Pennsylvania $73,850 $84,740 $10,890
Rhode Island $79,680 $91,440 $11,760
South Carolina $67,440 $77,390 $9,950
South Dakota $59,290 $68,040 $8,750
Tennessee $64,840 $74,410 $9,570
Texas $75,230 $86,340 $11,110
Utah $70,600 $81,010 $10,410
Vermont $72,910 $83,670 $10,760
Virginia $74,310 $85,280 $10,970
Washington $93,820 $107,670 $13,850
West Virginia $65,720 $75,410 $9,690
Wisconsin $73,830 $84,720 $10,890
Wyoming $71,620 $82,190 $10,570
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)


State Wise ADN VS BSN – Job Outlook & Annual Job Openings


Job openings can also vary from one state to the next, but in every case, there are more openings available to RNs with BSNs compared to RNs with ADNs. States like California (4,980) and Florida (3,110) boast the biggest difference while states like Vermont (110) along with Alaska (90) and Wyoming (70) have the least difference.

State Currently
Employed (2022)
Projected Annual Job Openings
(New + Replacement)
How Many More
BSN Jobs Compared
to ADN are Being
Created Annually
BSN ADN BSN ADN
Alabama 26,870 15,330 1,680 930 +750
Alaska 2,980 1,700 210 120 +90
Arizona 30,640 17,490 3,140 1,740 +1,400
Arkansas 13,570 7,740 870 480 +390
California 169,720 96,850 11,210 6,230 +4,980
Colorado 27,820 15,880 2,340 1,300 +1,040
Connecticut 18,060 10,310 1,040 580 +460
Delaware 6,110 3,490 430 240 +190
District of Columbia 5,540 3,160 330 180 +150
Florida 99,100 56,550 7,010 3,900 +3,110
Georgia 38,350 21,880 2,890 1,610 +1,280
Hawaii 6,170 3,520 390 220 +170
Idaho 8,040 4,590 590 330 +260
Illinois 71,600 40,860 4,160 2,310 +1,850
Indiana 34,970 19,960 2,180 1,210 +970
Iowa 17,350 9,900 1,170 650 +520
Kansas 16,200 9,250 1,000 560 +440
Kentucky 22,700 12,950 1,440 800 +640
Maine 7,830 4,470 440 250 +190
Maryland 37,410 21,350 2,780 1,540 +1,240
Massachusetts 46,040 26,270 3,120 1,730 +1,390
Michigan 53,760 30,670 3,360 1,870 +1,490
Minnesota 37,610 21,460 2,290 1,270 +1,020
Mississippi 15,340 8,750 1,060 590 +470
Missouri 38,420 21,930 2,330 1,300 +1,030
Montana 5,600 3,190 370 210 +160
Nebraska 14,500 8,270 900 500 +400
Nevada 12,600 7,190 1,030 570 +460
New Hampshire 7,340 4,190 470 260 +210
New Jersey 43,840 25,010 2,770 1,540 +1,230
New Mexico 9,820 5,600 690 380 +310
New York 103,310 58,950 7,630 4,240 +3,390
North Carolina 53,530 30,540 3,590 1,990 +1,600
North Dakota 5,270 3,010 370 210 +160
Ohio 68,850 39,290 4,230 2,350 +1,880
Oklahoma 20,500 11,700 1,390 770 +620
Oregon 21,480 12,260 1,360 760 +600
Pennsylvania 77,170 44,040 4,910 2,730 +2,180
Rhode Island 6,640 3,790 390 220 +170
South Carolina 24,650 14,070 1,620 900 +720
South Dakota 7,040 4,020 480 260 +220
Tennessee 33,680 19,220 2,490 1,380 +1,110
Texas 115,790 66,070 8,580 4,770 +3,810
Utah 13,020 7,430 1,020 560 +460
Vermont 3,630 2,070 240 130 +110
Virginia 35,290 20,130 2,220 1,230 +990
Washington 32,260 18,410 2,870 1,600 +1,270
West Virginia 11,290 6,440 760 420 +340
Wisconsin 33,850 19,310 1,940 1,080 +860
Wyoming 2,660 1,520 170 100 +70
(Source: NP Editorial Assessment)



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