The average base salary for full-time faculty in U.S. nursing schools was about $55,500 in 2005-06, according to an online survey of 8,500 educators by the National League for Nursing and the Carnegie Foundation. On top of the base salary, respondents earned $5,450 in supplemental wages from their primary academic employers. And respondents said side jobs in academia or consulting boosted annual wages by another $11,500, on average, the survey found. The survey, conducted between October 2006 and February, had a response rate of 25%.
Graduate degrees equated to more money for faculty members. Wages for educators with a doctorate or masters degree were 47% and 20% higher, respectively, than for those with no more than a bachelors degree. Teaching graduate students also meant higher wages. Those teaching only graduate nursing students reported the highest wage, about $70,600, compared with educators teaching both graduates and those in pre-licensure nursing programs, $62,900, or those in only pre-licensure programs, $52,700. -- by Melanie Evans
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