the way the question is worded is really not very good. it is better asked this way: is there a difference in salary between a staff nurse with an rn who has an aa degree or a bachelor's degree? the answer, in general, is "no" unless the facility specifically adds more to the salary because of educational level. a salary is given for a job that is performed
; not for the level of education possessed.
however, there is a difference between an aa degree and a bsn. these differences would be found by looking at the degree requirements in the college catalogs of the individual schools that offer these degrees and then comparing them. nursing is a major of study within the education institution the person attends.
to become an rn, each state board of nursing defines the minimum
nursing content that each nursing program
must teach. these guidelines are determined on the basis for the graduates of each
school to be able to successfully pass the nclex exam. often, what you will find is that bsn programs enhance and enrich the content of their nursing programs
because the students are generally required to take a much larger number of credit hours in their major subject at that particular institution. some bsn programs have the resources to enhance and enrich the nursing classes they teach far beyond what community college programs can offer. some universities where bsns are offered also have other requirements that all their matriculated students must fulfill, not just the nursing students. this also deepens their educational experience and learning. so, there is a difference between an associates degree and a bachelor's degree in the amount and intensity of the college work required.
i've been both: an adn and a bsn. there is an attitude in the nursing community among some. some feel belittled around bsns; some bsns flaunt their education in the face of everyone they come into contact with to intimidate them. a lot of that is about self-esteem and in some cases, one-upmanship. but, a nurse is still a nurse. my bsn instructors told us that a bsn gave us a few more tools to add to our bag of tricks as we went out into the world to be nurses. the longer a nurse has years of experience in nursing, the more tools they also have added to their bag of tricks. i can tell you exactly what was enhanced in my bsn program over my adn program. but i still worked as a staff rn with my bsn side-by-side with many adns. i never brought up the issue of having a bsn with them either. didn't feel the need to. those that do, let's say, probably have some self-esteem issues of their own to deal with and use it as leverage to get an upper hand for some reason. that's manipulative and intimidating--not exactly what i would call a very functionally acting person.