Well, this is pretty much a personal decision on your part after you have all the facts. As far as money goes, I can tell you there is no difference at my hospital. New grad nurses basically start at the same rate regardless of their degree, but after 2-3 yrs. experience your salary becomes a matter of negotiation, whether you are going to a new institution ,or at your yearly evaluation. Don't make the mistake I did for the first few years and take whatever they offer you. If they need you, they will pay you. Maybe not what you would like, but believe me there IS bargaining power there.
As far as the differing degrees go, you must decide how far you want to go with this. If you can get a 2 year AS degree and then go to work, most institutions will help financially with continuing education in your field. Plus you will be earning money as you go and my hospital is great about offering schedule options for associates taking classes.
On the downside - most two year nursing programs
require approximately one year of prerequisite classes before you can enter the nursing program or else they are a three year AS degree.
So-o-o-o, do you want to go one more year and get your BS, or do you want to get the AS, be working and gaining clinical experience, then go back for the BSN (which almost always takes two more years, if you go full time). I did the later and it wound up "costing" me an extra year (1 yr prereq, 2 yrs RN school, 2 more yrs BSN).
As someone previously mentioned, you don't need to finish your BSN in two years, however. You can take a class at a time, whichever way it fits into your schedule, and finish at your own pace.
The good thing about it is, you don't have to decide everything up front. If you decide to go on to a higher degree later, you can do it at your own pace. Just don't use money as the deciding factor for attaining these higher degrees. It won't be there. The advanced degrees will, however, open the door for jobs that would not be open to you without a BSN or a Masters.
Good luck to you. Whatever you decide, we definitely need you and welcome you with open arms.