Salary can be a strong indicator of overall career satisfaction.

After graduation, nursing graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $78,700, while the bottom 20% make closer to $48,309. The median grad salary is $61,660.

Nursing graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in nursing is $46,630, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $54,610.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

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