A bachelor of science in nursing, or BSN, degree is one of the three methods of gaining the registered nurse qualification. It generally brings higher earnings and career development opportunities than the other two. This is true in Cleveland, where a BSN earns more on average than an RN, even while the general wages for nurses in Cleveland are below the national averages.
Indeed.com, the database of current job offers, reported at the time of publication that the average BSN salary in Cleveland was $67,000. The mean average for all RNs there was $62,000. This is consistent with the gap between national salaries of $77,000 for BSNs and $72,000 for RNs, and for Ohio as a whole, with BSNs averaging $73,000 and RNs $68,000.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the BSN is one of the three possible routes to the RN qualification. The others are with an associate's degree or through a diploma program. In general, the BSN offers access to the more senior and administrative roles that the other two do not. The group of BSNs will therefore include those more senior and higher paid nurses, thus bringing up the average pay for the group.
The statistical bureau reports that there are wide variations in pay among RNs. The mean average in 2008 for all, nationally, was $62,450, while the bottom 10 percent received less than $43,410 and the top 10 percent over $92,240. Part of this variation is due to regional variations in pay. The average RN pay in California in the same year was $87,480 and in South Dakota $54,730.
Pay for BSNs and RNs in Cleveland is lower than the average pay for the same qualifications in the rest of Ohio, which itself is lower than pay nationally. However, The difference between the two pay levels is broadly consistent with the national differences.