Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Georgia

An increasing number of RNs with associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are returning for their masters in nursing because they know it will mean better job and leadership opportunities, higher salaries and greater financial security.

In 2012, the Advance Healthcare Network of Nurses conducted a national survey revealing the relationship between higher education and higher salaries. They found that in the Southern region of the US, RNs with a baccalaureate degree in nursing earned an average annual salary of $61,956 while MSN-educated nurses earned $77,370. In contrast an ADN-educated nurse makes $58,562 on average.

An MSN opens many doors to careers for nurse administrators, educators, researchers and disease specialists, as well as Advanced Practice RNs like nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), in 2013 a total of 2,873 RNs were earning their master’s degree, 2,192 of which were studying to become APRNs at one of Georgia’s 22 accredited nursing colleges (2,105 of these were in a nurse practitioner track). A little under eight percent of Georgia’s nurses are currently licensed in advanced practice.

Regional Salaries for Nurse Practitioners in Georgia

The AACN reports that in 2013 there 2,105 students were studying to join Georgia’s current force of nurse practitioners. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2013 occupational wage survey shows that the 3,310 nurse practitioners practicing in Georgia earned the following:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$56220
Mean (Average)
$88840
75th Percentile
$101780
90th Percentile
$117750

The following shows the 2014 nurse practitioner annual salaries and hourly wages posted by the Georgia Department of Labor for various regions of Georgia:

Georgia Area
Averages
90th Percentile
Statewide
$86091/$41.39
$55.78
Atlanta
$84427/$40.59
$53.63
Augusta
$81910/$39.38
$56.00
Columbus
$99029/$47.61
$66.18
Savannah
$90625/$43.57
$55.01

By contrast, RNs with a BSN earn the following:

Georgia Area
Averages
90th Percentile
Columbus
$59679/$28.69
$36.56
Savannah
$59609/$28.41
$36.34

As a comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows nurse practitioner salaries in different regions of Georgia (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany GA
90
101360
Athens-Clarke County GA
40
90650
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
1670
87070
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
330
84550
Chattanooga TN-GA
470
100930
Columbus GA-AL
100
94130
Dalton GA
50
91320
Gainesville GA
80
76310
Macon GA
120
99500
Rome GA
50
97340
Savannah GA
150
91320
Warner Robins GA
50
98540
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
150
97280
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
120
80180
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
80
92800
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
180
92150

Regional Salaries for Nurse Anesthetists in Georgia

In 2013, 69 nurses were studying to become nurse anesthetists through RN-MSN programs. According to the 2013 BLS salary survey, the 740 nurse anesthetists already working in Georgia earned the following:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$96970
Mean
$135560
70th Percentile
$161580
90th Percentile
$180540

The 2014 Georgia Department of Labor salary figures for nurse anesthetists showed the following:

Georgia Area
Average
90th Percentile
Statewide
$158833/$76.41
$91.25
Atlanta
$170560/$82.00
$91.38
Augusta
$153169/$73.61
$88.17

As a comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows nurse anesthetist salaries in different regions of Georgia (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
160
85760

Regional Salaries for Nurse Midwives in Georgia

The AACN maintains that eight students were enrolled to become nurse midwives in Georgia in 2013. According to the BLS, the 250 nurse midwives already working in Georgia in 2013 earned the following:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$48420
Mean
$89130
75th Percentile
$104600
90th Percentile
$115550

The Georgia Department of Labor reports the following 2014 wages for nurse midwives in 2014:

Georgia Area
Average
90th Percentile
Statewide
$93725/$45.06
$56.92
Atlanta
$92768/$44.60
$56.71

As a comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows certified nurse midwife salaries in different regions of Georgia (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
160
85760

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