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Nurse educators teach aspiring nurses about patient care. They develop curriculums, mentor students, and lead both clinical work and lectures. Nurse educators may also perform research, work directly with patients, or combine teaching, research, and direct patient care. Due to the specialized nature of all areas of nursing education, an advanced degree such as a master of science in nursing (MSN), doctor of philosophy (PhD), or doctor of education (EdD) is required for most positions.

Although the workload and training for nurse educators may seem demanding, the rewards are noteworthy – beginning with salaries. The mean annual wage for postsecondary nursing instructors is approximately $75,000. High-performing nurse educators can earn between $90,000 and $117,500 per year.

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Besides performance, salaries vary based on factors like facility, type of school, and geographic location. For example, nurse educators at specialty hospital facilities earn almost $107,000 annually. Nurse educators at psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals average $88,600 in yearly pay, and those at general medical and surgical hospitals earn $87,000 per year.

In academic settings, nursing instructors at technical and trade schools earn approximately $82,500 per year. Nurse educators at college, university, and professional schools average $76,500 in annual pay, while those at junior colleges earn an average salary of $69,300.

Geographically, nurse educators in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area of California earn the highest salaries in the nation, an average of $150,000 per year. Nursing instructors in the nearby San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco metropolitan area earn an impressive $104,340 annually.

New York and New Jersey have several attractive markets for nurse educators, including the New York City-Jersey City-White Plains metro area ($98,600 average salary), Newark, NJ-PA ($97,250), Camden ($97,000), and Long Island ($95,000). Not surprisingly, Florida is also a hotbed for nursing instruction. Several markets have strong pay for nurse educators, including West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach ($94,600) and Tallahassee ($93,600).

To start a financially rewarding career in nursing education, enroll in an online MSN program today. We’ve compiled below a list of the best online schools for an MSN in nursing education to help you get started.

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Online MSN programs in nursing education

American National University
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
American Public University System
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Baker College Online
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Brookline College
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
California Southern University
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Capella University
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Colorado Technical University
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Excelsior College
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Grand Canyon University
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Grantham University
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Herzing University
  • MSN: Nursing Educator
Independence University
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
National American University
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Education
Purdue University Global
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Rasmussen College
  • MSN: Nursing Education
South University
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
SUNY Empire State College
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
University of Phoenix
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Walden University
  • MSN: Nursing Education
West Coast University
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Western Governors University
  • MSN: Education
School Type Programs offered
American National University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
American Public University System Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Baker College Online Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Brookline College Private for-profit
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
California Southern University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Capella University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Chamberlain College of Nursing Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Colorado Technical University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Excelsior College Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Grand Canyon University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Grantham University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Herzing University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Educator
Independence University Private for-profit
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
National American University Private for-profit
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Education
Purdue University Global Public
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Rasmussen College Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
South University Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
SUNY Empire State College Public
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
University of Phoenix Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Walden University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
West Coast University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Western Governors University Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • MSN: Education