• Find A Program

Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in North Carolina

Nursing programs that provide master’s degrees are in particular demand according to the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers. MSN-educated professionals such as advanced practice nurses provide high-quality care and help to offset the current nursing shortage in North Carolina. In addition, they are badly needed to serve as educators in the state’s nursing schools.

Sponsored School

Featured RN-to-MSN Programs

Sacred Heart University's online RN-BSN-MSN allows you to earn your BSN and MSN all in one accelerated program. Choose from one of three MSN specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Education, or Nursing Management and Executive Leadership.

Such professionals are highly compensated for their education. APRNs in North Carolina earned salaries that were between 1.47 and 1.56 times higher than that of staff nurses who typically have BSNs or ADNs, according to the state’s Department of Commerce. In addition to providing critical care, advanced practice nurses frequently rise to leadership positions or engage in research.

There is a critical shortage of APRNs such as nurse practitioners in parts of North Carolina according to data provided by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. While there were 4,244 of these professionals in the state in 2012, nearly one third of them were in Mecklenburg, Wake, and Durham counties. Four of North Carolina’s counties did not have any nurse practitioners that year – Montgomery, Perquimans, Camden, and Currituck counties.

Numerous nurses in North Carolina are taking advantage of the opportunity to obtain graduate-level education through specialized RN-MSN programs, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. It reported that 2,240 students were enrolled in master’s programs in 2013 to help offset the shortage of advanced practice nurses, and to move into areas such as education, administration and informatics.

Comparing Salaries for APRN and Staff Nurses in North Carolina

Two salary analyses demonstrate the significant increase in earning power that is conferred by obtaining an MSN. One such analysis is that of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, which provides the 2014 salaries for MSN-educated APRN specialists and staff nurses who typically have undergraduate degrees or diplomas:

Annual Salaries:

MSN Career
Median Annual Salary
Nurse Practitioner
$91490
Nurse Midwife
$85720
RN
$58490

Hourly Wages:

MSN Career
Median Hourly Wage
Nurse Practitioner
$43.99
Nurse Midwife
$41.21
RN
$28.12

Another analysis is that of the Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses. It surveyed the salaries of nurses in the South in 2013 and found that those with MSNs earned 22.3% more a year than such professionals with BSNs:

  • MSN – $74,539
  • BSN – $60,969

The findings of this survey also revealed that MSN-educated nurses in North Carolina earned more on average than those located in the rest of the southern states.

Comprehensive Analysis of Nurse Practitioner Salaries in North Carolina

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse practitioners in South Carolina for 2013. These professionals earned substantially higher salaries when they were located in Jacksonville:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
150
95670
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
600
98960
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
490
88120
Fayetteville NC
60
91510
Greensboro-High Point NC
200
92500
Greenville NC
110
96420
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
110
94730
Jacksonville NC
40
108260
Raleigh-Cary NC
450
92240
Rocky Mount NC
50
98400
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
780
91850
Wilmington NC
140
87840
Winston-Salem NC
280
94800
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
110
100660
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
260
99220
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
150
113130
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
120
84070

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries Throughout North Carolina

Salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2013 demonstrates the high salaries that nurse anesthetists earn in North Carolina. While the median salaries were over $121,000 in all of the cities examined, this value was exceptionally high in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
220
132380
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
660
176070
Fayetteville NC
60
163440
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
80
196640
Raleigh-Cary NC
410
127350
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
360
152550
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
60
174020
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
90
198420
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
140
160650
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
50
176320

*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 North Carolina.

Back to Top