Salaries for Washington, DC’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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Walden University
Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
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B.S. in Nursing - RN to BSN (Accelerated RN to MSN) and M.S. in Nursing
Grand Canyon University
MSN - Acute Care NP, FNP, Health Care Quality & Patient Safety, Health Informatics, Nursing Education, Nurse Leadership, and Public Health Nursing
Liberty University
Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator

MSN-educated nurses in Washington, DC earn substantially higher salaries than nurses without this credential. Nurse practitioners have master’s degrees by definition, while RNs very rarely possess this degree.

Salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014 demonstrates the sizable increase in earning power conferred by an MSN. Nurse practitioners in the DC metropolitan area earned $25,400 more a year than RNs who practiced in the District.

The salaries of MSN-educated nurses tend to be high in DC compared to their colleagues in the rest of the country. The median salary among nurse educators in DC was 7.7% higher than the national median salary among nurse educators. The comparable increase for nurse anesthetists was 4.7%.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries of several types of MSN-educated nurses in DC as of 2014:

Nurse Career
Average
90th Percentile
Nurse Anesthetists
$173290
>$187199
Nurse Practitioners
$91430
$122230
Nurse Educators
$73170
$113180

Nurse midwives in DC earned an average salary of $81,560 a year as of 2013 according to the American College of Nurse Midwives.

APRNs are Poised to Help Mitigate the Shortage of Primary Care Providers in DC

According to a 2015 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation called Tapping Nurse Practitioners to Meet Rising Demand for Primary Care, the proportion of residents in DC who live in primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas is the 6th highest in the country. Thus, 36% of DC’s residents do not have proper access to primary care.

Nurse practitioners have full practice authority in the District. Experts predict that these professionals will help provide the residents of DC with the primary care services that are currently in short supply. As of 2014, there were 1,475 NPs licensed in DC according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

In addition, a number of other types of APRNs practiced in Washington, DC during 2014:

  • Nurse Anesthetists – 186
  • Nurse Midwives – 113
  • Certified Nurse Specialists – 57

Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Washington, DC

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided an expanded level of detail on the salaries of nurse practitioners in the DC area as of 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan
1670
97700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV
2080
94560

Salaries of Nurse Anesthetists in DC

Shown below is a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse anesthetists in Washington, DC (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan
630
179410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV
630
178920

*Salaries are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report values this high.

Nurse Midwife Salaries in the District of Columbia

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided a highly detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse midwives in the District of Columbia as of 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan
40
95440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV
60
94810

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