Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Arizona

Data compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) shows that 1,689 nurses in Arizona were enrolled in graduate programs in 2013. Many of these graduate students were practicing RNs who had returned to school to complete RN-MSN programs with specialty tracks in advanced clinical practice, clinical leadership, administration, public health, informatics and nurse education.

The monetary advantages of a graduate level education are underscored by the results of the 2012 national salary survey conducted by the Advance Network of Nurses, which revealed earnings for nurses based on level of education. The results showed MSN-educated nurses in the Western states earning nearly $12,000 each year on average more than those with a BSN.

Those licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) earned $15,000 more than their BSN-educated colleagues:

  • BSN – $75,973
  • MSN – $87,933
  • APRN – $90,975

Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Arizona

The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the following salaries for nurse practitioners in Arizona (2013).

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$77980
Average (Mean)
$100590
Experienced
$134820

Salaries vary with location. The following table shows the results of the BLS survey of nurse practitioner salaries in various Arizona cities/regions. The Bureau noted that Yuma is the nation’s seventh highest paying metropolitan area for this occupation:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Flagstaff AZ
90
94970
Lake Havasu City - Kingman AZ
50
93080
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
1240
102770
Prescott AZ
50
99640
Tucson AZ
380
94740
Yuma AZ
Estimate Not Availble
123980
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area
40
93100

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Arizona

The BLS lists salaries for nurse anesthetists in Arizona as follows (2013):

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$131690
Mean
$168710
75th Percentile
$184160

In comparison, the national average nurse anesthetist annual salary at the 75th percentile level is $157,690.

The following BLS table reports nurse anesthetist salaries in various cities/regions of Arizona:

Area name
Employment)
Annual mean wage
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
150
175520
Tucson AZ
60
149890

*Earnings are at or above $187,199 per year and $90 per hour. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries in Arizona higher than the values shown here.

Nurse Midwife Salaries in Arizona

In 1957, Arizona was one of the first states to recognize nurse midwives. Today these professionals are licensed to attend to home births, including high-risk deliveries. Although still less than 10 percent of total births, home births in Arizona increased 80 percent between 2002 and 2012.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following salaries for nurse midwives in Arizona (2013).

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$78020
Mean
$103980
Experienced
$133240

By comparison, the national averages for nurse midwives that year were:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$67820
Mean
$92220
Experienced
$120540

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