Go to Travel Nursing Sites: Fastaff, American Mobile/Nursing, and On Assignment/Nursing- and look at example salaries. I have never worked a strike, strictly Travel/Per Diem/Contract, and it is very possible to make over 100K per year even as an ADN. It may not be as normal as before the Great Recession, but Full Time, 12 Monthers making $39-42 hr can rake it in pretty quick. When you go into overtime making $42/hr, it doesn't take long to get there. Good Luck.
I didn't get into Nursing for the Money either, but there is NO shame in wanting to profit and prosper from your hardwork, knowledge, and skills. I have values against strike nursing, but there are plenty who don't mind it- I don't condemn them as someone has to be there with the patient- but I have worked in some of the facilities that LATER had a strike, and I know what those nurses were putting up with. That said, "Strike Nursing" can pay upwards of $50-100/hr.
Per Diem, in my experience, has paid the highest hourly rates/hr. But, it is important to add that there are NO BENEFITs given with the assignment. Therefore, unless it is local, you will be responsible for housing, travel, and any other expense that is accumulated.
All of these, Strike/Contract/Travel Nursing, usually come with fully furnished private housing, trip reimbursement, and many have additional completion bonuses. Last year I got $5,000 for working a certain amount of hours from Thanksgiving to New Years Day including all 3 major holidays. They help arrange, and pay for any continuing education needed, certifications, and/or Licenses. It really spoiled me working with the three travel agencies I mentioned. No electric, water, rent, or cable bill was nice too while I was saving. I loved the lifestyle, and I loved to travel, just realized money doesn't equal happiness, and finally settled back at home; But, I could get the "itch" again anytime.
If you don't mind living out of your suitcase for awhile, and being exhiled from family members in some cases, There is $$$ to be made in non-traditional hiring/placement.