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Salary for Nursing School Graduates

Written by NS StaffJuly 20, 2011

Before considering nursing school, you may be curious about what your earning potential would be as a nurse. The nursing profession is considered to be fairly well-paying. Another perk of being a nurse is that it is practically recession-proof, and the current shortage of nursing professionals would ensure a relatively quick and painless job search.

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The most important thing to know about the potential salary earnings after completing nursing school is the fact that there are a lot of varying factors that will determine how much you make. The type of education you pursue will definitely have an effect on your possible salary as a nurse, as will your years of experience and the region in which you live.

In nursing school, you will undoubtedly learn that there are a lot of specialties within the nursing field in which to pursue. This is also a factor that will determine your income. In 2009 for example, licensed practical nurses earned $16 to $18 per hour while registered nurses earned $25 to $33 per hour. LPNs can expect to undergo a year of educational training, while RNs have to earn a two-year associate's or a four-year bachelor's degree.

A master's degree from an accredited nursing school can qualify you to become an advance practice nurse where you will focus on a specific medical area and will work more closely with patients. The highest paid APs earn between $135,000 to $155,000 annually while the lowest paid APs can earn anywhere between $60,000 to $125,000 per year.

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