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The Master of Science in Nursing salary

An online Master of Science in Nursing degree program is a concentrated program designed to help registered nurses prepare for advancement into leadership roles. During an on-campus or online MSN, nurses are expected to learn skills relevant for positions in clinical managerial or assist administration roles. Online programs typically take between 18 months and two years to complete and many offer flexibility.

In many cases, the added responsibilities of advanced-practice nursing disciplines also come with correspondingly higher salary potential. Wages can vary by nursing specialty, professional experience, and specifics of the hospitals, clinics or physicians' offices where MSNs are employed. Salaries also tend to be higher on the East Coast and West Coast of the United States. Specialties undertaken at the online MSN level include:

    •   Certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA)
    •   Nurse practitioner (NP)
    •   Certified nurse midwife (CNM)
    •   Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)

    The Master of Science in Nursing salary, by region

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a mean 2012 annual wage of $88,580 for medical and health service managers and administrators. General and medical surgical hospitals were the largest employers for health service managers and administrators, with the best-paying states being Washington, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The highest 2014 medical and health services mean salary was in Santa Clara, CA, at $157,510.

    The BLS reported that in 2014, registered nurses received a top nationwide salary of $98,880. Top-paying states were on each coast. California offered the highest Master of Science in Nursing average salary, at $98,400. Others were:

    •   Hawaii, $88,230
    •   Massachusetts, $85,770
    •   Alaska, $85,740
    •   Oregon, $82,940

    Sources:

    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

    http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

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