Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Oklahoma

Nurses with MSNs serve critical functions in Oklahoma’s healthcare system. For instance, the state of Oklahoma requires that the full-time faculty in nursing education programs either currently hold an MSN, or otherwise work to earn one in a reasonable timeframe. In fact, 99.5% of such faculty in Oklahoma’s BSN programs had at least an MSN according to the 2014 annual report released by the state’s Board of Nursing.

MSN-educated nurses are highly compensated for their additional expertise. In Oklahoma, advanced practice nurses in the 75th percentile earned 1.33 to 2.74 times more than staff nurses in 2013 according to the state’s Employment Security Commission.

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While nurses with MSNs can serve as educators, clinical leaders, administrators, informaticists or researchers, most of these professionals have APRN licenses. The number of new advanced practice licenses in the state rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014 according to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Their numbers increased by 37.3% during this period.

In 2014, there were 2,597 ARPNS licensed in Oklahoma. More than 59% of them were nurse practitioners. Despite this, many counties in Oklahoma had only one nurse practitioner, while Murray County did not have any.

Salary Comparison for APRNs and Staff Nurses in Oklahoma

Analyses that compare the salaries of APRNs in Oklahoma to the salaries of staff nurses reveal the significant increase in earnings an MSN brings. Staff nurses typically have undergraduate degrees or diplomas.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission provides an analysis of these salaries for 2013:

MSN Career
75th Percentile Annual Salary
75th Percentile Hourly Wage
Nurse anesthetist
Nurse practitioner
Nurse midwife

For comparison, another analysis that demonstrates the earning power of an MSN is that of the Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses. The results of a salary survey of nurses in the Southern United States in 2013 indicated that those with MSNs earned 22.3% more than those with BSNs:

  • MSN – $74,539
  • BSN – $60,969

Nurse Practitioner Salaries Throughout Oklahoma

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse practitioners in nonmetropolitan Oklahoma and in the state’s major cities. This information from 2013 indicated that the median salary was highest in the northeastern nonmetropolitan part of Oklahoma, while nurse practitioners in the 75th percentile earned the most when they were located in Tulsa:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Fort Smith AR-OK
Lawton OK
Oklahoma City OK
Tulsa OK
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Tulsa

Salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that nurse anesthetists in Tulsa earned an average annual salary of $150,440 a year in 2013:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Tulsa OK

*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.

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