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Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has long been considered a national leader in health care. Part of the reason for this is its highly educated workforce that included 10,352 advanced practice nurses as of 2014, according to the Massachusetts Action Coalition.

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APRNs typically have a master’s degree and are highly compensated for their high quality, cost-effective, and accessible care. These professionals have median salaries of 1.27 to 1.9 times that of staff nurses according to the Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development.

In 2013, there were 2,842 students enrolled in master’s degree programs in Massachusetts according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). MSN programs in Massachusetts range from RN-MSN bridge programs to those designed for nurses with BSNs to obtain the MSN credential that enables them to act as expert clinicians, clinical educators, administrators, and policy consultants.

A Comparison of APRN and Staff Nurse Salaries in Massachusetts

MSN-educated nurses such as APRNs almost uniformly earn more than the staff nurses who typically have ADNs or BSNs. 2013 salary information from Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development reveals the earning potential that comes with having an MSN:

MSN Careers
Median
Nurse Anesthetist
$151570
Nurse Midwife
$107220
Nurse Practitioner
$101100
RN
$79880

Further evidence that MSN-educated nurses are paid significantly more than lesser-educated staff nurses in Massachusetts is found in the results of the Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses 2012 salary survey. APRNs in Massachusetts and other parts of the northeast earned 11.3% more on average than staff nurses:

  • APRN – $92,757
  • Staff Nurse – $83,303

Nurse Practitioner Salaries Throughout Massachusetts

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the salaries of nurse practitioners in a number of regions of Massachusetts in 2013. Those in the New Bedford area were exceptionally well paid:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
130
93190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
3670
107120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
2850
108830
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
100
96390
Framingham MA NECTA Division
80
96560
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
60
92740
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
80
104550
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
70
105880
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
160
107250
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
160
109060
New Bedford MA
120
112110
Peabody MA NECTA Division
170
97040
Pittsfield MA
30
81370
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
620
97760
Springfield MA-CT
290
91840
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
Estimate not released
87130
Worcester MA-CT
400
100600

Salaries for Nurse Anesthetists in Boston and Worcester

Salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals the high salaries that nurse anesthetists earned in Boston and Worcester in 2013. Those in Boston had the highest salaries of such professionals in these two metropolitan areas:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
250
144910
Worcester MA-CT
80
161860

*These figures represent hourly wages that are at least $90.00 per hour or annual salaries that are at least $187,199. These are the maximum salaries reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for nurses in Massachusetts.

Nurse Midwife Salaries in Boston and Springfield

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary information for nurse midwives in Boston and Springfield (2013). The median salaries in both metropolitan areas were at least $99,790:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
180
111260
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
150
111580
Springfield MA-CT
40
95580

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