3 Top Paying Jobs for Associate Degree Nurses


It is no secret that a career in nursing is one of the few secure jobs for both men and women.  By earning a nursing degree and entering the nursing field you have secured the best options for your future. An Associate of Science in Nursing Degree, also called ADN, and qualifies you to become a registered nurse with a variety of specialized fields to choose from. Generally, it takes 2 years to earn an AND. Classes include standard coursework and hands-on experience. After successful completion of training and course work, you qualify to take the licensing exam required to become a registered nurse.

There are numerous job options available for those with an associate degree in nursing and a current nursing license.

Here’s a look at the top paying jobs in the field.

#1 Registered Nurse In Hospital

These nurses work standard shifts in hospitals and may find themselves employed in the ER, maternity ward, or on general wards within a hospital or similar large medical facility. Their nursing duties consist of standard nursing tasks including taking vital signs, administering medication, and helping doctors manage patients and care.

  • Percentage of RN Workforce: 29.5%
  • Projected Job Growth by 2020: 26%
  • Average Salary: $69,490

#2 Outpatient Care Nurse

Outpatient nurses work in facilities that provide outpatient routine care for patients following procedures, treatments, and other medical procedures. Job duties often include preoperative care, assisting in procedures, post-operative care, and more. Outpatient can include dialysis nurses and other specialized nurses also fall into this category.  The demand is growing throughout the country. Due to the high demand for these skilled nursing professionals, the salaries are among the absolute highest in the industry at the moment.

  • Percentage of RN Workforce: 14.4%
  • Projected Job Growth by 2020: 26%
  • Average Salary: $71,200

#3 Home Health or Hospice Nurse

Home health and hospice nurses are among the fastest growing types of nurses in the field. Home health nurses visit patients in their home to provide care on a regular basis. Care may be provided for a full 8 to 10 hour shift. They may visit several patients in a day and only stay for a short time per visit. Duties range from helping with daily activities to assisting in physical therapy or may be total care. As home and hospice care increases in popularity, the demand for these nursing professionals is expected to grow. Salaries are expected to rise as a result.

  • Percentage of RN Workforce: 13.7%
  • Projected Job Growth by 2020: 26%
  • Average Salary: $65,530

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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