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Nurse Educator Salary by Degree Type

Sources like the Bureau of Labor Statistics do not break out expected nurse educator salaries by degree type. The BLS considers this to require “postsecondary” education, while Payscale.com assumes you have a master’s degree.

With that in mind, the projected wages are pretty high, with the BLS giving $77,000 as the median wage. The lowest 10% make almost $48,000, while the highest 10% make nearly $126,000.

Meanwhile, Payscale.com is a bit more optimistic for the average nurse educator, putting the median wage at $81,000. Yet, the site considers $110,000 to be on the high side. This site also goes into more detail on other factors that go into determining pay, such as those described below.

Despite the lack of specific details, it’s almost certain that you’ll get a higher salary – possibly much higher – with a doctorate.

Some employers, especially universities, even require a doctorate to get a job there. In that case, you can expect most of them will make it worthwhile. However, the size and endowment of the university will still play a significant role in salary potential.

What Other Factors Determine Nurse Educator Salaries?

Experience level is a huge determining factor in nurse educator salaries. According to Payscale.com, someone with just one year of experience will make an average of $71,000 annually, which is still suitable for anyone just starting at anything. Meanwhile, someone with 20+ years of experience is projected to be able to make $89,000 per year.

Geographic location is another critical factor when it comes to pay. As local demands rise and fall, so do the salaries that can be attained. The demand level is constantly changing, so it is unlikely that one city will always hold the lead in this category. Moving to a new area to improve salary possibilities is not unheard of.

The type of employer is another factor involved, but the specific company is even more critical. For example, among hospitals, Jersey City Medical Center is reported to pay over $95,000 per year, while Carter Healthcare pays only about $55,000. Therefore, if your goal is to maximize salary potential, looking at what specific companies pay is more important than confining your search to a particular facility type.

Any specialties or certifications will also influence your salary, assuming the one(s) you hold are in higher demand than general nurse educators. In some cases, you might be able to make substantially more than you would with only a plain nurse educator credential.

Nurse Educator Salary Table by State and Metro Area

To learn more about nurse educator salaries in your local region, click on your state below. We have compiled the latest salary data in the major metro areas of each state.

Alabama

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Alabama1220$63,690 - $95,350 -
Birmingham-Hoover, AL240$75,360 - $127,290 -
Mobile, AL190$83,100 - $83,100 -
Huntsville, AL110$64,620 - $76,320 -
Tuscaloosa, AL110$83,620 - $103,960 -
Auburn-Opelika, AL50$78,830 - $103,320 -
Montgomery, AL50$61,780 - $70,270 -

Alaska

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Alaska120$50,360 - $94,310 -
Anchorage, AK60$50,360 - $94,220 -

Arizona

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Arizona1540$65,460 - $94,630 -
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ1100$65,460 - $77,770 -
Tucson, AZ270$59,450 - $99,250 -

Arkansas

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Arkansas660$47,940 - $73,160 -
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR160$59,680 - $78,490 -
Fort Smith, AR-OK40$64,750 - $74,920 -

California

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
California4790$81,030 - $120,210 -
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA2220$82,920 - $120,130 -
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA560$73,130 - $132,320 -
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA470$104,470 - $117,090 -
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA440$66,470 - $119,390 -
Fresno, CA90$85,080 - $104,700 -
Visalia-Porterville, CA60$99,690 - $132,230 -
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA50$77,470 - $100,420 -
Bakersfield, CA30$76,710 - $125,350 -

Colorado

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Colorado1120$59,250 - $99,020 -
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO570$62,940 - $99,020 -
Colorado Springs, CO160$39,760 - $81,920 -
Pueblo, CO80$47,030 - $95,350 -

Connecticut

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Connecticut990$77,010 - $107,100 -
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT480$77,010 - $99,240 -
New Haven, CT200$82,890 - $181,010 -
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT170$78,870 - $97,090 -
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI50 - -

Delaware

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Delaware280$59,610 - $105,370 -
Dover, DE70$85,190 - $105,950 -

District of Columbia

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
District of Columbia180$79,450 - $124,920 -
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV1010$78,880 - $101,510 -

Florida

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Florida4540$62,010 - $94,770 -
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL1360$63,240 - $98,090 -
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL610$62,860 - $97,000 -
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL510$61,690 - $95,690 -
Jacksonville, FL300$61,000 - $85,010 -
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL130$62,780 - $96,180 -
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL80$58,620 - $78,250 -
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL80$60,430 - $77,230 -

Georgia

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Georgia1510$53,480 - $79,800 -
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA620$53,480 - $79,890 -
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC190$18,760 - $84,220 -
Savannah, GA70$63,890 - $79,800 -
Athens-Clarke County, GA50$59,790 - $74,360 -
Rome, GA40$58,960 - $74,840 -

Hawaii

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Hawaii160$22,610 - $100,070 -
Urban Honolulu, HI130$64,500 - $100,090 -

Idaho

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Idaho340$60,120 - $75,850 -
Boise City, ID220$60,120 - $75,850 -

Illinois

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Illinois2900$62,580 - $81,680 -
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI2200$64,410 - $83,750 -
Peoria, IL170$71,880 - $97,240 -
Bloomington, IL70$46,960 - $99,790 -

Indiana

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Indiana1380$61,250 - $105,210 -
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN490$62,440 - $122,660 -
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN100$107,640 - $142,570 -
Terre Haute, IN100$53,060 - $104,060 -
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI40$58,880 - $80,860 -

Iowa

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Iowa720$58,480 - $88,900 -
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD100$67,550 - $88,900 -
Cedar Rapids, IA90$58,960 - $78,060 -
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL90$58,280 - $69,450 -
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA60$51,310 - $73,340 -
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA30$58,250 - $77,730 -

Kansas

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Kansas950$41,030 - $83,570 -
Wichita, KS180$41,030 - $83,660 -

Kentucky

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Kentucky740$51,160 - $93,200 -
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN230$59,310 - $96,420 -
Bowling Green, KY80$60,400 - $105,370 -
Lexington-Fayette, KY70$45,400 - $75,850 -

Louisiana

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Louisiana540$61,920 - $91,420 -
New Orleans-Metairie, LA140$63,290 - $92,010 -

Maine

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Maine320$60,020 - $82,680 -
Portland-South Portland, ME170$61,660 - $82,680 -

Maryland

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Maryland1330$60,050 - $97,340 -
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD950$60,050 - $97,090 -
Salisbury, MD-DE90$59,610 - $78,290 -
Cumberland, MD-WV80$59,010 - $97,260 -

Massachusetts

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Massachusetts2520$65,430 - $130,340 -
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH2170$64,050 - $130,340 -
Springfield, MA-CT160$61,450 - $103,670 -
Worcester, MA-CT140$76,930 - $107,770 -
Leominster-Gardner, MA40$62,020 - $100,260 -

Michigan

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Michigan2230$49,430 - $98,040 -
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI650$51,980 - $98,040 -
Ann Arbor, MI220$65,930 - $106,990 -
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI220$31,590 - $81,190 -
Lansing-East Lansing, MI170$61,650 - $102,020 -

Minnesota

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Minnesota1410$58,770 - $92,620 -
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI830$59,900 - $100,210 -
Mankato-North Mankato, MN90$55,220 - $100,110 -
St. Cloud, MN70$39,780 - $83,050 -
Duluth, MN-WI60$59,800 - $87,430 -

Mississippi

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Mississippi650$61,140 - $79,770 -
Jackson, MS170$63,620 - $84,120 -

Missouri

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Missouri1350$56,110 - $79,400 -
Kansas City, MO-KS770$40,120 - $85,470 -
St. Louis, MO-IL670$59,760 - $81,940 -
Springfield, MO190$55,890 - $74,080 -
Columbia, MO90$59,890 - $96,850 -

Montana

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Montana220$62,440 - $99,280 -

Nebraska

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Nebraska590$60,890 - $80,590 -
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA250$62,110 - $79,790 -
Lincoln, NE170$59,290 - $85,070 -

Nevada

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Nevada390$83,820 - $125,410 -
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV290$84,150 - $125,410 -
Reno, NV80$80,630 - $102,690 -

New Hampshire

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
New Hampshire490$60,800 - $98,320 -
Manchester, NH110$57,370 - $81,230 -

New Jersey

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
New Jersey2390$60,790 - $113,670 -
Trenton, NJ430$46,020 - $95,090 -

New Mexico

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
New Mexico170$64,050 - $84,340 -

New York

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
New York4410$61,690 - $128,920 -
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA4080$63,160 - $136,480 -
Rochester, NY430$77,800 - $103,250 -
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY320$39,590 - $100,140 -
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY180$49,140 - $103,020 -
Syracuse, NY180$61,610 - $92,320 -

North Carolina

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
North Carolina2360$59,120 - $81,710 -
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC380$62,360 - $76,770 -
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC310 - -
Greensboro-High Point, NC210$61,140 - $82,410 -
Winston-Salem, NC200$58,820 - $81,860 -
Wilmington, NC160$34,640 - $84,060 -
Raleigh, NC120$62,620 - $83,600 -
Fayetteville, NC80$46,050 - $79,160 -
Asheville, NC60$59,240 - $65,910 -
Greenville, NC40$29,060 - $111,280 -

North Dakota

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
North Dakota170$61,840 - $82,470 -
Fargo, ND-MN80$61,400 - $82,470 -
Bismarck, ND50$63,070 - $83,920 -

Ohio

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Ohio3670$61,110 - $101,110 -
Columbus, OH840$63,670 - $103,790 -
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN670$62,870 - $101,950 -
Cleveland-Elyria, OH570$49,920 - $101,330 -
Dayton, OH330$58,440 - $98,580 -
Toledo, OH200$57,700 - $83,680 -
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA90$58,070 - $95,620 -
Canton-Massillon, OH40$39,010 - $79,610 -

Oklahoma

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Oklahoma560$49,960 - $77,240 -
Oklahoma City, OK190$49,340 - $84,730 -
Tulsa, OK110$64,560 - $84,170 -

Oregon

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Oregon560$75,130 - $102,600 -
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA460$76,720 - $105,910 -

Pennsylvania

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Pennsylvania4010$63,480 - $106,140 -
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD2210$65,440 - $107,740 -
Pittsburgh, PA680$63,480 - $101,790 -
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA260$57,370 - $100,800 -
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA240$61,930 - $102,250 -
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ190$61,790 - $103,800 -
Erie, PA120$62,470 - $101,910 -
York-Hanover, PA110$62,950 - $98,660 -
Lancaster, PA100$60,980 - $100,430 -
Johnstown, PA60$51,930 - $61,220 -
Reading, PA50$63,660 - $101,140 -

Rhode Island

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Rhode Island240$61,950 - $102,860 -
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA270$62,850 - $101,740 -

South Carolina

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
South Carolina840$62,260 - $98,050 -
Charleston-North Charleston, SC230$62,260 - $105,180 -
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC150$62,310 - $98,050 -
Columbia, SC130$68,080 - $103,660 -
Florence, SC60$19,320 - $67,480 -
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC30$66,920 - $87,320 -

South Dakota

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
South Dakota270$60,530 - $77,670 -

Tennessee

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Tennessee1510$60,310 - $97,610 -
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN430$64,960 - $100,550 -
Memphis, TN-MS-AR310$53,530 - $98,440 -
Knoxville, TN170$63,350 - $87,680 -
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA100$58,230 - $68,870 -
Johnson City, TN80$77,900 - $96,070 -
Chattanooga, TN-GA70$57,850 - $99,280 -
Jackson, TN60$63,350 - $74,380 -

Texas

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Texas5890$62,990 - $100,030 -
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX1470$74,140 - $101,070 -
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX1190$64,820 - $106,410 -
Austin-Round Rock, TX480$62,410 - $100,110 -
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX400$64,530 - $96,110 -
El Paso, TX180$57,070 - $95,870 -
Killeen-Temple, TX150$61,700 - $83,920 -
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX110$51,480 - $83,450 -
Laredo, TX90$38,540 - $96,340 -
Odessa, TX40$62,590 - $81,800 -
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX30$51,550 - $67,140 -
Lubbock, TX0$72,070 - $99,590 -

Utah

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Utah860$62,100 - $101,880 -
Salt Lake City, UT450$63,270 - $101,880 -
Provo-Orem, UT220$79,390 - $124,950 -
Ogden-Clearfield, UT70$60,820 - $76,790 -

Virginia

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Virginia0$64,660 - $93,250 -
Winchester, VA-WV90$61,870 - $99,950 -
Charlottesville, VA80$83,020 - $104,840 -
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA50$63,090 - $98,840 -
Richmond, VA0$64,330 - $85,270 -
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC0$65,720 - $80,910 -

Washington

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Washington1170$64,470 - $99,740 -
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA610$68,000 - $102,240 -
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA200$62,690 - $78,110 -
Bellingham, WA70$68,770 - $106,200 -
Olympia-Tumwater, WA50$62,390 - $81,750 -

West Virginia

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
West Virginia310$57,260 - $95,740 -

Wisconsin

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Wisconsin1000$65,250 - $94,710 -
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI330$58,450 - $86,590 -
Madison, WI130$66,590 - $98,020 -
Fond du Lac, WI70$64,040 - $99,680 -
Green Bay, WI50$59,800 - $118,530 -

Wyoming

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Wyoming140$53,510 - $80,180 -

Puerto Rico

Metro AreaTotal EmployedAnnual Salary RangeHourly Pay Range
Puerto Rico460$29,210 - $40,030 -
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR270$29,540 - $46,610 -
Mayaguez, PR60$24,430 - $45,860 -
Ponce, PR50$29,340 - $37,020 -

Table data taken from 2022 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes251072.htm)

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