According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for a nurse educator is $84,180 per year. Salaries can vary based on location, education, and experience.
|State||Annual average||Annual median|
|District of Columbia||$101,680||$100,300|
Nurse educator job outlook
The overall employment of nurse educators is expected to grow 18% from 2022-2032, 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 online nursing education programs for current nurses:
- Accelerated RN to MSN in Nursing Education - for ADN/ASN holders
- 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
- MSN in Nursing Education program (BSN to MSN) for BSN holders
- Nurses who already hold an MSN may consider a postgraduate certificate in nursing education to get educated faster and start their new career path.
Finding help paying for school
You can earn up to 85% in loan forgiveness through the NFLP. Commit to a career as a nursing instructor and you can potentially save immensely on cost as part of the National Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). You’ll need to find a full-time position within 12 months after graduation. The longer you remain employed full-time, the more you can save—up to 85% over 4 years.1
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!