The nurse anesthetist pathway has been a growing area of advanced nursing, leading many RNs to consider pursuing a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the field. Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) enjoy rewarding nursing careers assisting doctors with anesthesia administration, and are paid handsomely as well. CRNAs regularly earn well over $150,000 per year.

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How Much Does a Nurse Anesthetist Make?

There are a few factors that will determine a CRNA's salary:

Type of Employer

Nurse anesthetists can provide their services in a number of different employment settings, including physicians' offices, hospitals, surgery centers, and outpatient care facilities. Salary can vary widely depending on where a CRNA works, but generally speaking, outpatient care centers are one of the highest paying employers, with CRNAs earning an annual mean wage of $181,800.

Location

Where a nurse anesthetist aims to be employed is another huge factor in what kind of salary a CRNA can earn. Bigger cities and areas with great need for nurse anesthetists tend to pay higher salaries than smaller, less populated regions without a lot of demand. Montana is currently the top-paying state for nurse anesthetists, with an average annual CRNA wage of $242,140 annually.

Experience & Degree Level

The minimum amount of education for a nurse anesthetist is a master's degree. Some CRNAs may choose to obtain a doctoral degree in the field. Doctoral CRNA grads may earn more than those with just a master's degree, but many other factors must also be considered. The more certifications and credentials a nurse anesthetist holds, the higher their salary tends to be. The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists offers certification in both CRNA and Nonsurgical Pain Management (NSPM).

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Nurse Anesthetist Salary Per Hour

While CRNA wages differ from state to state, the national mean salary for a nurse anesthetist is $78.86 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This equates to a mean annual salary of $164,030. CRNAs may also receive additional compensation through overtime, bonuses, and profit sharing, depending on their place of employment. As you may expect, experienced nurse anesthetists tend to earn more per hour than new grads. Overall, many RNs feel that the increase in salary as a CRNA is worth the additional education costs.

The BLS also lists the top-paying industries for nurse anesthetists, which include:

  • Outpatient care centers, with a mean hourly wage of $87.41
  • Specialty hospitals (except psychiatric and substance abuse), with a mean hourly wage of $84.52
  • General medical and surgical hospitals, with a mean hourly wage of $84.12
  • Offices of physicians, with a mean hourly wage of $76.56

CRNA Salary Table

LocationTotal EmploymentAnnual Salary
United States39,410$157,140
Alabama1,610$154,700
Alaska40$116,690
Arizona200$137,900
Arkansas500$143,570
Colorado300$151,240
Connecticut320$168,740
District of Columbia110$158,610
Florida3,160$143,670
Georgia860$144,180
Hawaii60$185,550
Idaho-$160,170
Illinois1,160$135,980
Indiana310$146,770
Iowa210$174,010
Kansas340$145,170
Kentucky1,210$154,360
Louisiana780$134,640
Maine280$158,170
Maryland510$149,180
Massachusetts1,130$164,410
Michigan2,110$180,230
Minnesota1,540$173,580
Mississippi260$161,300
Missouri1,250$153,990
Nebraska240$158,870
New Jersey570$182,130
New Mexico50$164,020
New York1,700$159,700
North Carolina2,380$154,540
North Dakota160$181,470
Ohio2,330$145,610
Oklahoma330$167,900
Oregon280$182,600
Pennsylvania2,210$150,520
South Carolina520$152,100
South Dakota270$173,920
Tennessee2,070$143,920
Texas3,050$153,800
Utah110$154,980
Vermont30$151,220
Virginia1,270$155,010
Washington460$178,270
West Virginia480$163,710
Puerto Rico330$55,080

Table data taken from 2015 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291151.htm)

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