What is the average starting hourly wage for a registered nurse?

By | September 4, 2015

Fresh out of school with an associates degree, what would be the average hourly wage for a registered nurse to start at?

And what if they had a bachelors degree for it instead?

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3 thoughts on “What is the average starting hourly wage for a registered nurse?

  1. David C

    2 yr 4yr is same pay starting. Depending on where you are 20-35 an hr to start.

  2. ms.marie

    The difference between a Nurse with an Associate Degree and a nurse with a Bachelor Degree is with Associate you have more Clinical and Bachelor is more Theory. Bachelor degree helps if you want to be in management position.

    Yes you will have the same job with the same pay. It will take about a year or 2 to get from a AD to BSN.

    What I am doing is I am going for my Associate degree first. Then get my foot in the door with employment. Go back for BSN. You can go to classes online for BSN.

    Here is some useful information

    Staff Nurse- Pool, which is a floater nurse. Degree type ( associate or bachelor) They make on the low end $44-000- 60,000( Depending on area you live)

    Staff Nurse- in a specific area. A nurse that is stationed in a specific area, example L&D( labor and delivery), ICU, ER, Med/Surg .( Degree type, Associate or bachelor) They make $50,000-$62,000 ( Depending on area you live)

    Staff Nurse- Operating Room and Recovery Room.- ( Degree type associate or bachelor) These nurses make a little more but you have to be in the ICU area or any Critical care area for at least a year before moving to this area. They make $65,000-70,000 ( Depending on area you live)

    Charge Nurse- A manager in a specific area.( You can get this position with an associate and several years of experience, or a bachelor) They make around $65,000-70,000 a year.

    Head Nurse- A manager which is above the charge Nurse( You can get this with bachelor degree or master degree). They make around $90,000 year.

    Nurse Practioner- A nurse with own practice( Master degree). They can write prescriptions, do everything a MD does but not give diagnosis. They make around $75,000 year.

    Nurse Anesthesist- They assist the Anesthelogist with administering anesthesia. They can have a bachelor degree but the program they go into to get the certification is a master degree program. They make $144,000 year.

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