Sponsored School Search


BSN Salaries in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services projects a shortage of registered nurses in the state that would require 222 new RNs to be licensed in the state each year leading up to 2020. Since this far outpaces the rate of licensure in the state, the state’s hospital systems are bracing for what is expected to be a critical shortage in the coming years.

Wyoming’s unique population poses challenges to healthcare providers in the state. With its boom and bust economy relying heavily on the migration of workers into and out of the state, stakeholders in Wyoming have tended to exercise caution when it comes to expanding healthcare facilities.

SPONSORED

Featured Programs:

Capella University's Online RN-to-BSN is a CCNE-accredited program that provides the flexibility you need to take your career to the next level without taking time away from work. Request Information.


Johns Hopkins School of Nursing's Online MSN in Health Systems Management prepares nurse leaders to redesign and improve the way health care is delivered. Earn your MSN from the most respected name in nursing education. Request Information.


Chamberlain College of Nursing's RN-to-BSN Online Completion Option is a streamlined CCNE-accredited program that builds on your nursing experience, allowing you to earn your BSN in just three semesters. Request Information

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services analyzed the need for RNs in various regions of the state in a 2011 study that compared the number of healthcare professionals to the population of these areas. It found that Caspar and Cheyenne had a surplus of RNs, while the southwestern and central southeastern portions of the state are likely to be hardest hit by the growing shortage.

Comparison of Salaries for ADN and BSN Prepared RNs in Wyoming

Recognizing that bachelor’s-educated RNs result in lower patient mortality rates and better patient outcomes, but realizing that the BSN path to licensure would result in fewer RNs entering the workforce, the state’s employers are looking to strike the appropriate balance in light of the National Institute of Medicine’s call for 80% of the country’s RNs to have a BSN by 2020.

Only 38.7% of the nurses who responded to a 2013 survey conducted by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services had a BSN, while 39.0% had an associate’s degree. In 2013, there were 492 students enrolled in BSN programs in Wyoming according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The highest paid RNs, other than those with advanced practice licenses, are those educated at the bachelor’s level.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for top earning BSN-educated RNs that resulted from a survey of Wyoming’s RNs conducted in 2013:

Annual Salary
90th Percentile
$78060
75th Percentile
$70590

In contrast, Wyoming RNs with associate’s degrees earned an average of $48,809 a year in 2014, nearly $22,000 less than what top earning BSN-educated RNs earned according to the state’s Department of Workforce Services.

BSN RN Salary Analysis in Regions of Wyoming

The salaries for BSN-prepared nurses vary throughout Wyoming. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a full analysis of salary information for top earning BSNs throughout the state:

Area name
Employment
Hourly 90th percentile wage
Casper WY
810
36.23
Cheyenne WY
900
42.50
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
740
35.80
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
700
39.67
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
770
37.66
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
580
36.12

Back to Top