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

Location Total Employment Annual Salary
United States 42,620 $165,120
Alabama 1,400 $162,650
Alaska 60 $181,330
Arizona - $146,380
Arkansas 350 $145,610
California 1,460 $197,720
Colorado 380 $161,050
Connecticut 630 $167,470
Delaware 160 $166,270
Florida 1,640 $149,850
Georgia 1,010 $145,530
Hawaii 90 $191,330
Idaho 440 $147,260
Illinois 1,410 $174,930
Indiana 520 $160,400
Iowa 280 $188,380
Kansas 390 $155,440
Kentucky 1,040 $172,750
Louisiana 680 $146,380
Maine 380 $154,840
Maryland 460 $159,160
Massachusetts 1,190 $181,150
Michigan 2,120 $189,950
Minnesota 2,000 $180,090
Mississippi 450 $162,010
Missouri 1,110 $149,970
Nebraska 300 $185,040
Nevada - $161,830
New Hampshire 240 $156,950
New Mexico 40 $180,970
New York 1,660 $164,700
North Carolina 2,340 $166,040
North Dakota 150 $189,420
Ohio 2,540 $151,270
Oklahoma 330 $158,330
Oregon 270 $181,680
Pennsylvania 2,360 $158,270
South Carolina 820 $167,350
South Dakota 330 $185,680
Tennessee 2,280 $146,260
Texas 5,770 $157,570
Utah 120 $155,750
Virginia 810 $187,420
Washington 660 $188,110
West Virginia 490 $170,970
Wisconsin 640 $189,330
Puerto Rico 370 $58,320

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

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