12 Elite Learning 2018 Nursing Salary Guide nursing.advanceweb.com Percent Salary Increase - by Region Less than 3% West South Northwest Northeast Midwest Mid-Atlantic International 0.00% 5.00% 10.00% 15.00% 20.00% 25.00% Master's Degree Licensed Vocational or Practical Nurse Doctoral Degree / DNP / Other Doctorate Baccalaureate Degree Associate Degree 3%-5% 5-10% More than 10% Percent Salary Increase - by Degree Less than 3% Associate Degree Baccalaureate Degree Doctoral Degree / DNP / Other Doctorate Licensed Vocational or Practical Nurse Master’s Degree 0.00% 5.00% 10.00% 15.00% 20.00% 25.00% 3%-5% 5-10% More than 10% • Associate’s degree: 3,588 respondents, average salary of $75,117 • Licensed vocational or prac- tical nurse: 1,550 respondents, average salary of $52,406 Plans changed based on economy The top five states where nurses saw their career plans negatively impacted by the economy were as follows: Impacted South Dakota Yes, delayed cutting back on hours 45.45% Maine Yes, delayed going to school 42.11% Montana Yes, delayed retirement 41.79% Arkansas Yes, picked up additional hours or job 42.86% Oklahoma Yes, returned to the workforce 40.48%