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BSN Salaries in Texas

The Texas Action Coalition, part of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, reports that 50 percent of Texas’s 190,090 RNs hold an associate’s degree as their highest educational level at a time when today’s complex medical environment requires more nurses to hold BSN degrees or higher.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that there are 39 accredited schools of nursing in Texas. In 2013, 18,460 students were enrolled in baccalaureate programs, 5,304 in master’s programs and 893 at the doctoral level. This number is expected to increase dramatically with the help of the Texas Action Coalition’s development of a multi-focused statewide model to promote RN-BSN and LPN-BSN programs that implement a concept-based curriculum.

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Salaries for BSN-Educated RNs in Texas

According to the US Department of Labor, BSN-educated RN’s represent those earning in the 75th and 90th percentiles. In Texas, BSN educated RNs representing the top 25% in their field earned the following in 2013.

  • 75th Percentile Annual Salary – $78,970
  • 90th Percentile Annual Salary – $91,360
  • 75th Percentile Hourly Wage – $37.97
  • 90th Percentile Hourly Wage – $43.93

The Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses published the results of its annual salary survey, which breaks down salaries throughout the Southern Region of the United States by educational level. The findings revealed that BSN-educated RNs in Texas can expect to earn more on average than their counterparts throughout the Southern Region.

  • Diploma – $53,860
  • Associates Degree – $58,562
  • Baccalaureate Degree – $61,956
  • Master’s Degree – $77,370

The Texas Workforce Commission shows the difference between the average RN salary in Texas as it compares to RNs with more experience and a higher-level of education.

  • Mean Annual Salary – $67,855
  • Experienced Annual Salary – $76,654

Annual Salaries for BSN-Educated RNs in Texas by Region

Salaries differ between cities and regions of Texas. The following annual salaries listed by the Texas Workforce Commission (2012) show the difference between average RN and experienced, BSN-educated RNs in various regions.

Texas Area
Average
Alamo
$66079
Central Texas
$65302
Dallas
$70721
East Texas
$58429
Gulf Coast
$75728
North Texas
$55274
South Texas
$56717

For comparison, the table below shows a full analysis of annual salaries for BSN-educated RNs in various metropolitan/nonmetropolitan areas of Texas (US Department of Labor, 2013).

Area name
Annual 75th percentile wage
Abilene TX
67970
Amarillo TX
66990
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
74680
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
70860
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
76230
College Station-Bryan TX
79520
Corpus Christi TX
72610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
81450
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
81780
El Paso TX
73870
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
80750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
88030
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
74980
Laredo TX
70680
Longview TX
69330
Lubbock TX
65280
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
76740
Midland TX
76200
Odessa TX
71460
San Angelo TX
65940
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
75600
Sherman-Denison TX
67800
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
60880
Tyler TX
67220
Victoria TX
67260
Waco TX
74250
Wichita Falls TX
64600
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
65450
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
71130
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
66140
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
70160
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
76900
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
71760

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