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Average Nursing Education Salary
How Much Does a Nurse Educator Make?

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How Much Nurse Educators Make: Average Salary

According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for a nurse educator is $81,350 per year ($39.11 per hour). Salaries can vary based on location, education, and experience.

Average nurse educator salary by state*
State Per hour
Alabama $66,670
Alaska $79,210
Arizona $81,110
Arkansas $54,920
California $101,320
Colorado $62,720
Connecticut $101,760
District of Columbia $153,830
Georgia $71,470
Hawaii $79,560
Idaho $71,680
Illinois $69,310
Indiana $76,280
Iowa $80,490
Kansas $63,640
Kentucky $73,170
Louisiana $72,010
Maine $60,810
Maryland $92,980
Massachusetts $87,970
Michigan $81,230
Mississippi $73,840
Missouri $77,540
Montana $71,830
Nebraska $71,400
Nevada $76,120
New Hampshire $77,290
New Jersey $89,950
New Mexico $64,660
New York $91,900
North Carolina $68,710
North Dakota $75,650
Ohio $71,950
Oklahoma $59,070
Oregon $76,090
Pennsylvania $78,810
Rhode Island $78,450
South Carolina $67,430
South Dakota $67,410
Tennessee $75,300
Texas $71,780
Utah $78,360
Virginia $70,540
Washington $77,540
West Virginia $58,530
Wisconsin $86,040
Wyoming $69,720
All salary data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). *BLS data unavailable for Minnesota and Florida.

Nurse educator job outlook

The overall employment of nurse educators is expected to grow 20% from 2018-2028, much faster than other occupations according to the BLS. The projected increase in nurse educator jobs is believed to be due in part to an aging population that is living longer and thus has a greater need for nursing care.

What do nurse educators do?

Nurse educators teach and train students in nursing school to help them prepare to become nurses. They are often instructors for clinical professionals who need continuing education or training. Oftentimes, they are responsible for developing academic curriculum, such as lectures and lab or clinical work.

Nurse educators may hold a variety of positions with varied titles such as professor, director, or faculty member. As an instructor, they design educational programs and curriculum to help ensure courses meet the state accreditation requirements, overseeing lab and clinical work, and providing feedback as students interact with patients. Read more about what a nurse educator does and what’s it’s like to be a nurse instructor.

How can I become a nurse educator?

To become a nurse educator, you will need an active, unrestricted RN license and a master degree in nursing education. This may take approximately 2-5 years, depending on where you are in your nursing education or career, the number of credits you can transfer (if you are actively pursuing your undergraduate degree or are preparing for an advanced nursing degree), and whether you choose an in-person or online full or part-time schedule.

Learn everything you need to know about what makes a good nurse educator and what you can do with an MSN in nursing education.

Nurses who already hold an MSN may consider a postgraduate certificate in nursing education to get educated faster and start their new career path.

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As a nurse educator, you can help prepare the next generation of nurses and enjoy a rewarding career and high pay. Due to the high demand for nurse educators, now is a great time to start on the path to becoming a nurse educator!

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