Quote from Moenine9
Can you afford to live comfortably on a nursing salary? I am a single parent of a three year old and finishing my associates.
RN salaries in Seattle aren't great relative to the sky-rocketing cost of living due to booming tech companies (think Amazon
, Microsoft) recruiting new grads with starting salaries of $100,000+. You may have to move pretty far away in order to find something affordable, which can mean terrible traffic and long commutes (note that as a water-locked city, Seattle has tons of bridges where rush hour bottlenecks can occur). You'd probably find RN jobs with better salary relative to cost of living in other WA state cities.
As far as having an associates, you may have a lot of competition for new grad jobs. There are tons of nursing programs in the area (both BSN and ADN), and therefore many new grads. I'm not sure about BSN requirements and/or salary differential, but I'm fairly certain that most local hospitals will provide some tuition assistance. I believe that most if not all of the hospitals in the area are unionized, so you can google their union contracts to look up specifics (salary, education, seniority, etc.)