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Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Delaware

A higher education in the form of a Master of Science in Nursing pays off handsomely for Delaware’s nurses. According to the 2012 national survey conducted by the Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses, nurses in the Mid-Atlantic region with master’s degrees earned more than $12,000 more per year on average than those with bachelor’s degrees:

  • Associates Degree – $58,151
  • Bachelor’s Degree – $69,253
  • Master’s Degree – $81,546
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MSN-educated nurses are chosen for leadership and administrative positions. They can also opt for a career in research or academia. A specialized master’s degree is also the established path to becoming a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse (APN).

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that there are three AACN-accredited schools in Delaware at which 697 students were enrolled in RN-MSN programs in 2013. Of these, 316 students were studying to become APNs, 231 of which were planning to become nurse practitioners. At present, 8.5 percent of Delaware’s nurses are licensed APNs.

A Look at Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Delaware

The 2013 US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occupational wage survey maintains that the 520 nurse practitioners in Delaware earned the following statewide:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$75760
Mean (Average)
$94020
75th Percentile
$106450
90th Percentile
$119770

The Delaware Department of Labor occupational wage report for 2014 lists the following nurse practitioner and RN generalist hourly wages in their state:

Career
Entry-Level
Experienced
Nurse Practitioner
$38.49
$48.56
RN Generalist
$27.17
$37.37

Salaries tend to vary with location. The following data provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics shows nurse practitioner salaries in key areas of Delaware:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Dover DE
50
98820
Wilmington DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division
430
91800
Sussex County Delaware nonmetropolitan area
70
93540

A Look at Certified Nurse Midwife Salaries in Delaware

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 40 nurse midwives who were licensed in Delaware in 2013 earned the following salaries:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$49500
Mean
$64810
75th Percentile
$81830
90th Percentile
$97610

The Delaware Department of Labor lists nurse midwife hourly wages as follows:

Entry Level
Mean
$21.65
$28.52

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Delaware

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Wilmington DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division
140
Estimate not released
Sussex County Delaware nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
161130

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