Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in California

RN-MSN bridge programs are designed for RN generalists, as well aspiring educators, clinical leaders and administrators, not to mention the specialized programs specific to the various areas of advanced practice. In 2013 APNs made up 10.4 percent of California’s nursing workforce. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) California is the nation’s highest paying state for nurse midwives and the third highest paying for nurse practitioners.

The 2012 national survey of the Advance Healthcare Network of Nurses showed that in the Western region of the US, RNs with an associate’s degree earned an average annual salary of $71,469, while with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $75,973. In contrast, MSN-educated RNs in the Western US earned no less than $12,000 more at $87,933, on average.

In 2013 there were 5,507 students enrolled in RN-MSN programs throughout California, 3,647 of which were studying to become APNs. Most of those (2,932) were in nurse practitioner programs, 202 were planning to become nurse anesthetists and 37 were preparing to become nurse midwives. The remaining 1,860 MSN program enrollees were preparing for jobs in general practice, education and leadership.

Regional Salaries for California’s Nurse Practitioners

There are 9,200 nurse practitioners in California, 2,070 of them work in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which has the third highest employment level in the country for this professional designation. The 2013 BLS occupational salary survey reports the following for California’s nurse practitioners.

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$78190
Mean
$110590
75th Percentile
$127430
90th Percentile
$149050

The California Workforce and Development Agency reports the following hourly wages for nurse practitioners during the first quarter of 2014.

California Area
Entry-Level
Experienced
Statewide
$45.29
$61.98
Humboldt
$38.04
$46.81
Imperial
$36.80
$55.78
Los Angeles
$44.44
$62.54
Orange
$42.44
$56.54
Riverside
$46.18
$57.73
Sacramento
$39.97
$61.40
San Diego
$46.86
$63.68
San Francisco
$49.40
$73.04

Shown for comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a full analysis of the results of its 2013 salary survey of California’s nurse practitioners in key areas throughout the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano CA
160
108000
Chico CA
50
104680
Fresno CA
280
111120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
2070
108910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
2810
107070
Madera-Chowchilla CA
80
114690
Modesto CA
140
104290
Napa CA
50
109690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
1040
111920
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
150
116110
Redding CA
50
87070
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
1000
109710
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
660
103020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
820
116240
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
1530
116400
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Division
500
125720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
410
133930
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
70
105680
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
740
101880
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
130
98240
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
40
112130
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
90
105320
Stockton CA
80
128290
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
140
101770
Visalia-Porterville CA
120
106800
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
90
87250
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
94110

Regional Salaries for California’s Nurse Anesthetists

The 950 nurse anesthetists who were employed in California during 2013 earned the following salaries.

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$87610
Mean
$163570
75th Percentile
$184530
90th Percentile
$187199*

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nurse anesthetist salaries in various areas of California are as follows:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
280
177510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
310
172990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
160
168780
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
80
133970
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
90
149730
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
310
163270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Division
150
157260

Regional Salaries for California’s Nurse Midwives

There were 280 actively employed nurse midwives in California in 2013. California’s nurse midwives enjoyed the highest salaries in the nation for their profession, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$80400
Mean
$120450
75th Percentile
$144180
90th Percentile
$162600

The following table lists the salaries of nurse midwives in various regions of California. According to the BLS, Oakland/Fremont/Hayward and Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale are the highest and second-highest paying metropolitan areas in the nation for this occupation.

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
60
122580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
90
120420
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
70
129390
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
90
122250

*These values represent earnings that 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 California beyond this threshold.

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