So I am a student nurse, still have a while to go, but I received some disturbing news today at my hospital I am doing clinicals at. I am getting my BSN degree. They said Associate degree nursing get paid 15.00/hour and that BSN nurses get 16/hour with top out being 17-18/hour. I am disturbed by the fact that I won't ever make any more than 17-18/hour. Is this normal? This seems really low for what nurses do. Plus we don't even get full 40 hour weeks only 36 hour work week. Can someone please tell me if this is normal or not?
Thank you in advance!
My wife is graduating as a BSN on Sunday. Recently a friend told me a low number like that so I started searching. Finding reliable data has been difficult, but I finally found data that is updated quarterly by the National Association of Colleges and Employers which stated the average starting pay for a graduating nurse is $52,800 as of April this year. While they do sell more detailed products, that gives me some peace of mind that if that was broken down it's slightly over $1,000/week $25+/hr (if averaged at 40 hours a week) and it has gone up about $600/yr from their last report. This same source was quoted on CNN.com and this is specific to 4-year grads.
From the public (free) report:
While engineering students are the highest-paid, students
majoring in the health sciences saw the largest overall
increase to their average starting salaries, which bumped
up 9.4 percent to $49,713. Fueling the increase was
not only the fact that nursing salaries rose 4.3 percent to
, but also that general health sciences majors
salaries rose nearly 20 percent to $45,200.
Data source: http://www.naceweb.org/uploadedFiles...ve-summary.pdf
Last edit by JasonBush on Apr 29, '13
: Reason: correction