A Look at the Nurse Pay Scale

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Becoming a nurse is a great career option for those who want to help people and contribute to the field of healthcare! With all of the schooling and hard work required, it is fair to wonder how much it pays to advance your education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

Average Nursing Salary

The average salary for a nurse depends on their level of education. The further you pursue academics in healthcare, typically, the higher salary you may receive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, nurses, on average, earned the following salary based on their credentials:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): $44,090
  • Registered Nurses (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): $68,450
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN): $107,460

Benefits of a Higher Education in Nursing

By continuing your healthcare education, there are higher opportunities for you to grow within your career. As you can see, a higher education in nursing can add up to earning a higher salary. While any level of nursing experience and education is beneficial to the student, many nurses find greater levels of success and work options after investing in another degree. When considering how far you want to take your academic career in nursing, consider the benefits of the higher end of the pay scale as well as the benefits of advancing your healthcare knowledge and practice.

Grand Canyon University offers nursing programs for those passionate about healthcare. To learn more about GCU’s nursing degrees, go to the College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions or click the Request More Information button at the top of the page.  


  • “Healthcare Occupations.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from: bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English literature at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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