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Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Texas

RN to MSN degree programs continue to gain in popularity throughout Texas as more nursing professionals strive for more advanced career opportunities and definitively higher salaries.

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According to the American Association of Colleges of Nurses, there are currently eleven statewide universities in Texas that offer RN-MSN programs. These programs are specifically designed the help RNs with diplomas or ADNs to seamlessly transition into a MSN degree program, thus eliminating the need to earn a separate baccalaureate degree. There are also more than 160 online RN-MSN degree programs available to Texas’s nursing professionals that are encumbered by hectic schedules or commuting issues.

Campus-based and online RN-MSN programs in Texas are helping nursing professionals to secure higher salary figures because they prepare students to qualify for coveted roles in advanced practice, as well as non-clinical roles in administration, research, and education.

While choosing a RN-MSN program in Texas, it is important to remember that while some options are geared to generalist RNs, most are structured around a concentrated specialization such as nursing administration, clinical nurse leadership, nursing education, patient care administration, and nursing informatics.

In 2013, RN-MSN programs in Texas helped to create a more highly skilled nursing workforce by:

  • Assisting in the enrollment of 5,304 students in master’s nursing programs
  • Providing opportunities for 9,108 students to graduate from baccalaureate and graduate-level nursing degree programs
  • Offering preparation pathways for 3,942 students to become nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists

How MSN Degrees are Affecting Salaries for Nurses in Texas

In 2012, the Advance Healthcare Network evaluated the salary differences among nurses with varying education levels in the southern states, including Texas. Their assessment conclusively revealed that MSN-educated nurses were awarded much higher salaries than those with lesser degrees:

  • Diploma: $53,860/yr.
  • ADN Degree: $58,562/yr.
  • BSN Degree: $61,956/yr.
  • MSN Degree: $77,370/yr.

In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Texas Workforce Commission only strengthened these findings by publishing salary statistics that revealed that APRNs with MSNs in Texas earned high-end salaries in their field:

Nurse practitioners working in Texas earned the following pay averages:

  • Entry-Level: $74,400/yr. or $35.78/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $99,300/yr. or $47.76/hr.
  • Experienced: $139,000/yr. or $66.82/hr.

Nurse anesthetists employed in Texas earned the following wage averages:

  • Entry-Level: $49.48/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $77.93/hr.
  • Experienced: $92.15/hr.

Nurse midwives practicing in Texas earned the following pay averages:

  • Entry-Level: $70,300/yr. or $33.78/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $97,100/yr. or $46.68/hr.
  • Experienced: $119,600/yr. or $57.50/hr.

Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Texas

Nurse practitioner salaries in Texas may be affected by a professional’s geographic location of employment. In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nurse practitioner pay averages for the following areas in Texas:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Abilene TX
70
108920
Amarillo TX
110
92350
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
Estimate Not Released
81660
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
70
107250
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
100
109890
Corpus Christi TX
130
92890
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
1980
98880
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
1300
97790
El Paso TX
140
111320
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
680
100950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
1570
106810
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
190
95240
Laredo TX
50
97160
Longview TX
110
122800
Lubbock TX
100
104000
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
130
104930
Midland TX
30
96640
San Angelo TX
40
92420
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
470
99940
Sherman-Denison TX
30
107250
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
40
137880
Tyler TX
90
109960
Waco TX
Estimate Not Released
108770
Wichita Falls TX
50
112090
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
120
123150
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
160
101560
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
60
90540
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
60
94850
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
40
94210

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Texas

Nurse anesthetists may experience different salary averages according to a region’s particular demand for their specialized skills. In 2013, the federal government released the following pay data for nurse anesthetists in specific areas of Texas:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
Estimate Not Released
139660
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
Estimate Not Released
68190
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
Estimate Not Released
168410
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
250
170900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
1500
176290
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
110
174650
Longview TX
70
160650
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
Estimate Not Released
159390
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
30
154300
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
40
212900

*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 for Labor Statistics for Texas.

Nurse Midwife Salaries in Texas

In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics found that nurse midwives in Texas could earn varying salary and wage amounts depending on the metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area where they worked:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
60
115340
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
60
116790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
70
94920

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