Pay for ADN and BSN

  1. Hi~

    I know that this topic has been broched before but when I graduate with a ADN do the people who have a BSN get paid more than me?

    I think that a nurse is a nurse regardless of how much schooling you have. At this point I can barely afford CC so I will be happy when I get accepted to the ADN program.

    Thanks for your input.

    Tracy
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   IMustBeCrazy
    I live in the midwest and can say that in my area at least, there is absolutely NO difference between the starting pay of an ADRN or BSRN. From what I gathered from the hospitals there is also no difference on the yearly raise scale. The only time it really seems to make a difference is if you were aspiring to go into an administrative nursing role.
  4. by   NurseWeasel
    Do whatever it takes to get "RN" behind your name. If CC is all you can do right now, by all means don't let that discourage you. Get out there and get workin'! Don't fret about the details! If you want a BSN later, go for it later. If not, don't!
  5. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from nursetracy
    Hi~

    I know that this topic has been broched before but when I graduate with a ADN do the people who have a BSN get paid more than me?

    I think that a nurse is a nurse regardless of how much schooling you have. At this point I can barely afford CC so I will be happy when I get accepted to the ADN program.

    Thanks for your input.

    Tracy
    Yes, I think in my area there is very little difference in pay between the new ADN and BSN in the hospitals by me. I've been told it was around $.50 more an hour.
  6. by   cjonesrn2b
    i am not sure how it works in your area but i know that here in jackson, ms a new rn is a new rn. you are paid "graduate nurse" pay until you pass nclex and then you are paid "rn" pay. it varies by about 50 cents here (graduate v. rn) then you are moved up accordingly. i am graduating from an associate degree program in about 4 weeks and as i have been interviewing with employers, i have inquired about any pay difference b/t an adn and bsn. they have told me that there was no difference, the biggest advantage in the bsn is the management potential down the road. i am more into patient care than management personally, so adn is fine with me!!


    best of luck!!!

    cjonesrn2b
  7. by   CarVsTree
    No difference here in PA (at least the Lehigh Valley).
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from nursetracy
    Hi~

    I know that this topic has been broched before but when I graduate with a ADN do the people who have a BSN get paid more than me?

    I think that a nurse is a nurse regardless of how much schooling you have. At this point I can barely afford CC so I will be happy when I get accepted to the ADN program.

    Thanks for your input.

    Tracy
    Sometimes there is extra pay for a BSN or MSN in some hospitals in my area (NY.) However, it is not a lot, in general.
  9. by   MaggieJo
    The only hospital that I've heard of here that pays differently is the VA hospital. I think that it is about $2 difference an hour, maybe? I think there starting pay for ADN is around $16, and BSN $18. Anyway, don't quote me on that, but if I remember correctly, that's what it is. Personally, I wouldn't work for them as an ADN graduate because we have 12 other hospitals in the area that start ADN nurses out at the same as BSN, and that's anywhere from $18 to $20 an hour. So, really, I would say, that where I am, it doesn't matter. Like the others said, I think the difference is in the managerial positions. I think eventually, that the future is headed towards the BSN, but, hey, if you feel that you need the BSN, you can always do it later. Don't worry about it right now.
    -Maggie
  10. by   Kabin
    That would be odd if the scale was even for all. For instance, aren't higher GPA students more highly sought after? Woundn't there be a difference in starting salaries if those student took the best offers?
  11. by   Tweety
    It's .50 to 1.00 an hour more here for bedside nursing. The BSN is an investment in the future, they are able to get the higher paying jobs later on down the line after getting the bedside experience. Right away the financial rewards may not be evident.
    Last edit by Tweety on Apr 19, '04
  12. by   webbiedebbie
    I graduated ADN in 1989. In all of the hospitals that I have worked in since, there has been no difference in pay. Administrative positions tend to use BSN only.
  13. by   fergus51
    Depends on the facility. I have worked where it was a little more for a BSN and places where it was the same. Same goes for certifications, some places reward them with a little extra an hour, some don't.
  14. by   renerian
    I do not make more than anyone is my agency. Actually I make less than a higher up with an ADN.

    renerian
    Last edit by renerian on Apr 19, '04 : Reason: typo

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