Salaries for Connecticut’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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Nurses with MSNs tend to be extremely well compensated in Connecticut. For example, nurse anesthetists in Connecticut earned the fourth highest average salary in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, nurse educators in the Springfield area earned the second highest average salary of those in any metropolitan area in the country.

Salary data from the BLS as of 2014 demonstrates the increased earning power conferred by an MSN. Shown below is a comparison of the median salary among nurse practitioners with the median salary among RNs in Connecticut’s major cities:

Connecticut Area
Difference
RN Salary
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford
$27270
$74120
Waterbury
$23070
$70530
Norwich-New London
$22530
$74480
New Haven
$22020
$77930
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk
$15310
$76710
Danbury
$8390
$83800

Salary Ranges for Connecticut’s MSN-Educated Nurses

The Connecticut Department of Labor provided the range of salaries earned by MSN-educated nurses as of 2015. Nurses with MSNs who were in the 90th percentile earned at least $114,000 a year:

Nurse Career
Median
10th Percentile
Nurse Anesthetists
$180835
$134846
Nurse Midwives
$102149
$85218
Nurse Practitioners
$98550
$72488
Nurse Educators
$78116
$57127

MSN-Educated Nurses are In Demand in Connecticut

A number of nursing professions that require a master’s degree are in demand in Connecticut according to the State’s Department of Labor. Nurse educators are expected to see the third highest job growth projections of professions that require a professional, master’s, or doctoral degree in Connecticut for the period between 2012 and 2022. Nurse practitioners are 8th on this list, while the Department also designated nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives as in demand occupations:

Job Growth Rate

  • Nurse Educators – 34%
  • Nurse Practitioners – 9%
  • Nurse Anesthetists – 1%
  • Nurse Midwives – 3%

Connecticut also has a high concentration of jobs for many nursing professions that require an MSN. The state had the 3rd highest concentration of jobs in the country for nurse practitioners in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Springfield has a particularly high concentration of nurse practitioners and was number two in the country, while Danbury had the 4th highest concentration of jobs for NPs. In addition, New Haven had the 8th highest concentration of jobs for nurse anesthetists of any metropolitan area in the country.

Salary Analysis for Connecticut’s Nurse Practitioners

Shown below is a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse practitioners in Connecticut’s major cities as of 2014 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median salary among nurse practitioners in the Hartford area was particularly high:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT
830
98500
Danbury CT
190
92940
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT
920
102190
New Haven CT
530
100450
Norwich-New London CT-RI
100
96890
Waterbury CT
60
91820

Salaries of Nurse Midwives in the Hartford Area

Shown below is the range of salaries earned by nurse midwives in the Hartford area as of 2014 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT
Estimate not released
94640