Salaries for Arizona’s MSN-Educated Nurses

More RNs in Arizona are taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to advanced practice registered nurses and obtaining an MSN as a way to improve their career prospects, specialize and earn higher salaries.

The magnitude of the increase in salary for nurses with MSNs is shown by comparing the median salary among nurse practitioners to that of BSN and ADN educated RNs in Arizona (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Arizona Area
Difference
RN
Yuma
$38730
$68570
Prescott
$36750
$66650
Lake Havasu City-Kingman
$31020
$72550
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale
$30930
$73420
Tucson
$17010
$73280

Salaries of MSN-Educated Specialists in Arizona

The Arizona Office of Employment & Population Statistics provides the range of salaries for different types of MSN-educated nurses as of 2014. The median salary among nurse anesthetists in Arizona was significantly higher than that of other APRNs, although nurse midwives and nurse practitioners had higher entry-level salaries:

Nurse Career
90th Percentile
10th Percentile
Nurse Anesthetists
$185982
$33176
Nurse Practitioners
$141606
$68120
Nurse Midwives
$121264
$67850

The US Department of Labor provided data on salaries for nursing instructors in Arizona as of 2014, revealing that the median salary among nurse educators in Arizona was $69,030 that year. This value was 4.4% higher than the national median salary among nursing instructors. Nurse educators on the high end of the salary range earned an average of $103,010, while nurse educators on the low end of the scale earned an average of $43,440.

The Number of MSN-Educated Nurses in Arizona Increased Dramatically in Recent Years

The Journal of Nursing Regulation’s Environmental Scan for 2015 reported an increase of 1,574 in the number of APRNs in Arizona between 2009 and 2013. This document reported that 5,371 APRNs practiced in Arizona in 2013. By 2015, the number of APRNs had increased by 28.4% according to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which indicated that 6,896 advanced practice nurses were licensed in Arizona that year.

As of 2015, the overwhelming majority of Arizona’s MSN-educated nurses were nurse practitioners according to the AACN:

Nurse Career
Number
Nurse Practitioners
5601
Nurse Anesthetists
773
Clinical Nurse Specialists
286
Nurse Midwives
236

Salaries for Arizona’s Nurse Practitioners

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of nurse practitioner salaries in Arizona’s major cities and the nonmetropolitan area of North Arizona as of 2014. The median salary among NPs in Yuma was substantially higher than the median salary among nurse practitioners in other parts of the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Flagstaff AZ
70
93560
Lake Havasu City - Kingman AZ
40
95860
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
1500
105340
Prescott AZ
50
106780
Tucson AZ
270
90180
Yuma AZ
70
113070
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area
40
91050

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Tucson and Phoenix

The median salary among nurse anesthetists in Tucson in 2014 was more than 87% higher than the median salary among nurse anesthetists in the Phoenix area according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
150
91500
Tucson AZ
50
155080

*This value is equal to or greater than $90/hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data beyond these values.

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