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Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Michigan

Nurses with MSNs include advanced practice nurses who have been shown to provide safe, high-quality care for their patients. These professionals are highly compensated for their advanced level of expertise. In Michigan, they earned between 1.36 and 2.61 times more than staff nurses in 2013 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Michigan is facing a severe nursing shortage, estimated to be 18,000 by 2015 according to the state’s Department of Community Health. To increase the number of nurses with graduate degrees, the Michigan Legislature appropriated $6.8 million to be spent between 2008 and 2010 to fund MSN and doctoral students, so they could become faculty educators.

In 2013, 1,606 students were enrolled in MSN programs in Michigan according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In particular, 1,552 nursing students were studying to become APRNs. More than 84% of them were planning on becoming nurse practitioners.

An APRN and Staff Nurse Salary Comparison for Michigan

Information on the salaries of APRNs versus staff nurses who generally have BSNs or ADNs is available from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It reveals the strong economic benefits of obtaining an MSN (2013):

MSN Career
Annual Median Salary
Nurse Anesthetist
$169700
Nurse Midwife
$98850
Nurse Practitioner
$88760
RN
$65050

The 2012 salary survey performed by the Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses provides additional evidence of the significant increase in salaries for nurses with MSNs in Michigan. This survey of nurses in the lower great lakes region and Mid-Atlantic revealed that MSN-educated nurses in the area earned 17.8% a year more than nurses who had a BSN as their highest degree:

  • MSN – $81,546
  • BSN – $69,253

An Extensive Survey of Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Michigan

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of nurse practitioner salaries in a number of metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Michigan for 2013. The median salary was substantially higher in Jackson:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ann Arbor MI
330
85130
Battle Creek MI
80
61270
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
450
93880
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
960
94420
Flint MI
80
95640
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
240
84870
Holland-Grand Haven MI
30
68410
Jackson MI
60
96660
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
50
81780
Lansing-East Lansing MI
110
93190
Muskegon-Norton Shores MI
30
93740
Niles-Benton Harbor MI
40
89340
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI
80
92150
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
110
89410
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
510
94900
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
100
88120
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
86790
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
130
81140
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
140
81320

Salaries for Nurse Anesthetists in Michigan

Nurse anesthetist salaries from a number of locations in Michigan are available from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013). The median salaries were particularly high in the Flint metropolitan area and the balance of lower peninsula of Michigan:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ann Arbor MI
210
171480
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
210
162220
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
590
162340
Flint MI
140
181710
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
60
130250
Lansing-East Lansing MI
50
181670
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI
80
177720
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
380
162400
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
50
154890
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
70
166630
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
40
187560

*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 Michigan.

Nurse Midwife Salaries in Detroit and Warren

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the salaries for nurse midwives were highly similar whether they were located in the Detroit or Warren areas (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
80
98270
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
70
97750

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