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Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Wisconsin

While 44.1% of Wisconsin’s nurses had BSNs in 2012, only 9.1% had master’s degrees according to the Wisconsin Center on Nursing (WCN) survey. With a critical shortage of physicians expected in Wisconsin in the coming years, MSN-educated nurses such as APRNs will be essential to providing primary healthcare services, particularly in rural areas known for having a shortage of primary care providers. A 2013 report published by the WCN called for doubling the number of APRN graduates in Wisconsin by 2020.

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The number of enrollees in APRN programs has been increasing dramatically in Wisconsin, although the levels are still not high enough to offset the projected shortage of physicians. Enrollment in Wisconsin’s advanced practice nursing programs almost doubled between 2010 and 2011 according to the WCN.

While APRNs can specialize as nurse anesthetists or nurse midwives, most of this growth was in the number of students enrolling in nurse practitioner programs.

MSN-Educated Nursing Salaries in Wisconsin

In addition to being critical to the efficacy of Wisconsin’s healthcare system, APRN specialists are paid extremely well for their expertise compared to staff RNs with ADN and BSN degrees. This difference in the salaries for advanced practice nurses versus staff RNs ranged from 36.6% higher for nurse practitioners to 336.9% higher for nurse anesthetists, according to salary information released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in 2013.

APRN specialties that require an MSN pay substantially higher salaries than staff RN positions, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The average annual salary for an experienced staff RN in Wisconsin was $70,990 in 2013, while the salaries for experienced APRNs were significantly higher:

  • Nurse Anesthetist – $239,140
  • Nurse Midwife – $100,320
  • Nurse Practitioner – $96,980

 

Nurse Practitioner Salaries Throughout Wisconsin

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed the salaries of nurse practitioners throughout metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Wisconsin. These professionals had the highest salary in the south central nonmetropolitan part of the state in 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
110
90530
Duluth MN-WI
320
93720
Eau Claire WI
60
88640
Green Bay WI
150
92330
Janesville WI
50
89890
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
130
77060
Madison WI
230
87240
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
600
88190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
1470
97620
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
60
88600
Racine WI
70
95790
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
80
88900
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
210
95150
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
90
90900
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
60
81550

Salaries for Nurse Anesthetists in Selected Regions of Wisconsin

Salary information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that nurse anesthetists made more than $187,199 a year in several nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas of Wisconsin (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
Estimate not relesed
187170
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
210
163440
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
50
97880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
820
146910
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
Estimate not relesed
191500
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
40
204840
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
50
232720

Nurse Midwife Salaries in the Two Key Metropolitan Areas of Wisconsin

Nurse midwives earned significantly higher salaries in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area in 2013 than they did in the Milwaukee area according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
40
96010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
130
98960

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