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.
The California Workforce and Development Agency reports the following hourly wages for nurse practitioners during the first quarter of 2014.
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:
Regional Salaries for California’s Nurse Anesthetists
The 950 nurse anesthetists who were employed in California during 2013 earned the following salaries.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nurse anesthetist salaries in various areas of California are as follows:
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.
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.
*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.