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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 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for a nurse educator is $84,060 per year. Salaries can vary based on location, education, and experience.

StatePer year
Alabama$71,950
Alaska$86,970
Arizona$73,210
Arkansas$60,790
California$106,420
Colorado$87,580
Connecticut$96,620
District of Columbia$111,940
Florida$116,650
Georgia$72,090
Hawaii$76,540
Idaho$81,050
Illinois$74,870
Indiana$91,310
Iowa$77,170
Kansas$69,550
Kentucky$70,320
Louisiana$71,050
Maine$70,350
Maryland$94,080
Massachusetts$106,950
Michigan$83,020
Minnesota$72,590
Mississippi$72,840
Missouri$68,420
Montana$76,520
Nebraska$72,570
Nevada$82,560
New Hampshire$72,690
New Jersey$91,400
New Mexico$75,790
New York$98,850
North Carolina$73,320
North Dakota$74,280
Ohio$73,220
Oklahoma$63,690
Oregon$80,610
Pennsylvania$78,360
Rhode Island$87,700
South Carolina$77,650
South Dakota$69,880
Tennessee$73,750
Texas$65,970
Utah$81,640
Vermont$71,370
Virginia$73,060
Washington$86,850
West Virginia$61,140
Wisconsin$83,520
Wyoming$67,620
All salary data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nurse educator job outlook

The overall employment of nurse educators is expected to grow 18% from 2019-2029, 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.

Herzing University offers multiple pathways for current RNs:

  1. Accelerated RN to MSN in Nursing Education - for ADN/ASN holders
  2. RN to BSN to MSN in Nursing Education track - for ADN/ASN holders who also seek to earn a BSN on the way in an online RN to BSN program
  3. MSN in Nursing Education program for BSN holders

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.

Take the first step.

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!

Learn more about the Herzing MSN - Nurse Educator program

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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.

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