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 States42,620$165,120
Alabama1,400$162,650
Alaska60$181,330
Arizona-$146,380
Arkansas350$145,610
California1,460$197,720
Colorado380$161,050
Connecticut630$167,470
Delaware160$166,270
Florida1,640$149,850
Georgia1,010$145,530
Hawaii90$191,330
Idaho440$147,260
Illinois1,410$174,930
Indiana520$160,400
Iowa280$188,380
Kansas390$155,440
Kentucky1,040$172,750
Louisiana680$146,380
Maine380$154,840
Maryland460$159,160
Massachusetts1,190$181,150
Michigan2,120$189,950
Minnesota2,000$180,090
Mississippi450$162,010
Missouri1,110$149,970
Nebraska300$185,040
Nevada-$161,830
New Hampshire240$156,950
New Mexico40$180,970
New York1,660$164,700
North Carolina2,340$166,040
North Dakota150$189,420
Ohio2,540$151,270
Oklahoma330$158,330
Oregon270$181,680
Pennsylvania2,360$158,270
South Carolina820$167,350
South Dakota330$185,680
Tennessee2,280$146,260
Texas5,770$157,570
Utah120$155,750
Virginia810$187,420
Washington660$188,110
West Virginia490$170,970
Wisconsin640$189,330
Puerto Rico370$58,320

Table data taken from 2017 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291151.htm)

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