Earning an MSN in Florida is well worth the time and effort in terms of job opportunities, leadership possibilities and salary potential. The Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses 2012 salary survey of the southern states illustrated the salary potential that comes with earning an MSN. The survey revealed that an MSN resulted in an average salary that was nearly $20,000 higher than that of ADN-educated nurses in the region:
- ADN – $58,562
- BSN – $61,956
- MSN – $77,370
In addition to the more than 100 online RN to MSN programs available, Florida is home to 29 schools accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In 2013 alone, 3,451 of Florida’s nurses were enrolled in master’s programs, many of which were RN to MSN bridge programs designed to provide a graduate-level education in far less time than conventional undergraduate and graduate programs.
The AACN reported that 2,997 of these master’s students were studying to become Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), while the rest were enrolled in programs offering tracks for generalists, administrators, public health nurses, clinical leaders, informatics and nurse educators.
Nurse Practitioner Salaries Throughout Florida
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2013 occupational salary report lists salaries for the 6,240 nurse practitioners practicing in Florida that year:
The results of the 2014 Florida Occupational Wage Report for nurse practitioners are shown here for comparison:
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a full analysis of nurse practitioner salaries in different areas of Florida:
Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Florida
According to the 2013 BLS report, the 2,300 nurse anesthetists practicing in Florida earned:
The BLS maintains that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area is the second highest-paying metropolitan area in the country for nurse anesthetists. A full analysis of earnings among Florida’s nurse anesthetist in 2013 is shown below:
Nurse Midwife Salaries in Florida
The 2013 BLS report indicates that the 270 nurse midwives working in Florida earned the following:
The findings of the 2014 Florida Occupational Wage Report for nurse midwives is shown here for comparison:
A full analysis of these salaries specific to key regions in Florida is shown below:
*Values are at or above $187,199 per year and $90.00 per hour. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics generally does not report annual salaries higher than $187,199 or hourly wages higher than $90.00.