Nursing Salary Ranges, Average Nurse Salaries, and Training Requirements

Nursing is a very noble profession. What other profession could be more respected, than dedicating your time, effort, and compassion to those in need?


Fortunately, in addition to respect, nursing also pays well. If you’re compassionate, desire respect and want to be paid well, here is some really good information about nursing careers to keep top of mind:

1. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN):

a. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary Details:

      • LPN Median Salary: $45,030 (per the 2017 BLS report).

b. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Training/Education:

    In addition to a high school diploma or GED, you’ll need to graduate from an accredited LPN program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination. LPN programs usually include one year of training at a hospital, vocational-technical school, or community college.

2. Registered Nurses (RN):

a. Registered Nurse (RN) Salary Details:

    • RN Median Salary: $70,000 (per the 2017 BLS report).

b. Registered Nurse (RN) Training/Education:

    • There are three ways to become a registered nurse: 1) a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), which takes four years to complete; 2) an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), which takes from two to three years to earn; or 3) a diploma, which is administered by certain hospitals after three years of training. RN’s with a BSN generally have greater opportunities for career advancement.

Once you complete one of these approved nursing programs, you must pass the NCLEX-RN, a national licensing exam, in order to earn your nursing license. Thereafter, periodic renewal of your RN license is required.

3. School Nurses:

a. School Nurse Salary Details:

    • School Nurse Median Salary: $49,007 (per
    School Nurse Salary Range: $39,158 to $61,876 annually (per

b. School Nurse Training/Education:

    Educational requirements for school nurses vary widely from state to state, so you should carefully research your state’s laws at your local Department of Education before selecting a nursing education program. Every state requires that school nurses hold a registered nursing license (RN). Most states require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a master’s.

4. Surgical Techs:

a. Surgical Tech Salary Details:

    • Surgical Tech Median Salary: $46,310 (per 2017 BLS report)

b. Surgical Tech Training/Education:

    According to the Association of Surgical Technologists, most employers prefer to hire certified surgical technologists over their non-certified peers. Certification involves graduating from a 2-year accredited degree program and passing a multiple-choice certification exam.