How much more money does a RN with a BSN make compared to an RN with an ASN?

I have looked at sites like and I am looking for a more personal experience type answer.


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  1. It depends on the actual job.

    ADNs and BSNs working in the same regular staff nurse position make virtually the same. . . my hospital only pays BSN staff nurses $1 more per hour.

    The money difference comes into play if you end up working in a different capacity where an ADN might not be qualified, such as taking on leadership or management positions, working for a private company doing research, etc.

  2. As Jill has said at most hospitals and health care organizations there is no difference in the base salary for an RN with an ADN and an RN with a BSN in the same position. Some hospitals or health care organizations will pay a bonus or differential to nurses with a BSN degree, but this usually only averages $2500 to $3000 per year.

    The difference in salaries is seen over the course of a career, and not in the entry level positions. Over the course of a career, an RN wiht a BSN has more opportunities to move into higher paying positions, and non-traditional nursing positions. So statistically an RN with a BSN will make more over the course of several years.

    SItes such as and rarely take into account the degree of the RN, when making the salary averages and ranges. Also there are RNs with graduate degrees who are at the higher end of the payscale, but are not a nurse practitioner or CRNA so they may be included in the RN title for the averaging.

  3. as a floor nurse, they make the same, an RN is an RN… but with your BSN you can do more such as become a manager or go for your masters and specialize and make alot more money…