It is not uncommon to see ADN-educated RNs return to school to pursue a BSN, and the wealth of RN to BSN programs available across the nation proves this. There are a variety of reasons why a practicing nurse might benefit from furthering their education. A 2017 report in the Bureau of Labor and statistics (BLS) states that median pay for RNs is $70,000 per year, regardless of degree.

The monetary motivation for BSN-RNs comes in the form of increased job opportunities and higher-paying jobs. Earning potential for BSN-RNs increases with every year of experience. BSN-RNs are able to apply for positions that ADN-RNs may not qualify for, including: clinical supervisor, nurse educator, nurse manager, research nurse.

While entry-level RN salary may be comparable, having a BSN leads to a higher salary. Moreover, the trend is moving more toward BSN-educated RNs only. Some employers will not hire an RN without a BSN. A recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) notes increasing the number of BSN-RNs from 50% to 80% by 2020. So not only will a BSN degree lead to a higher salary, it also may simply lead to a job.