While all of Florida’s nurses with MSNs earn high salaries, nurse anesthetists in Cape Coral-Ft. Meyers had the highest average salary of nurse anesthetists in any metropolitan area in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity provided the salary breakdowns of MSN-educated nurses as of 2015. The median salary among nurse anesthetists in Florida was more than 50% higher than that of other nurses with MSNs:
Obtaining an MSN in Florida Can Increase Salaries by Up to $54,000
A survey of nurse practitioners by the Advanced Healthcare Network found that nearly 83% of NPs had earned an MSN. In contrast, it is rare for RNs to possess this degree. Thus, comparing the median salary among nurse practitioners with that of RNs can demonstrate the increase in earning power conferred by an MSN.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided the salaries of NPs and RNs throughout Florida as of 2014:
Florida Has a Large Number of Jobs For Its Advanced Practice RNs
Florida employs a large number of advanced practice registered nurses compared to other parts of the country according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014. This is particularly true for nurse anesthetists who had the 2nd highest number of jobs in the country in Florida. Two metropolitan areas of Florida had particularly high numbers of nurse anesthetists:
- Naples-Marco Island—2nd highest concentration of jobs for nurse anesthetists
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater—3rd highest number of nurse anesthetists
In addition, both nurse practitioners and nurse midwives had a high employment level in Florida. The state boasted the 4th highest number of jobs for both of these professions.
The number of jobs for MSN-educated nurses is expected to grow even higher according to projections from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for 2015 through 2023. The Department predicts that nurse educators will have the highest level of growth of nurses with MSNs with an increase of 34.1%. The rate of increase in the number of APRNs should follow close behind:
- Nurse Practitioners – 9%
- Nurse Midwives – 4%
- Nurse Anesthetists – 2%
Nurse Practitioner Salaries Throughout Florida
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse practitioners throughout Florida as of 2014. The median salary among nurse practitioners in Cape Coral-Fort Myers was nearly 25% higher than the median salary among Florida’s NPs:
Salaries for Nurse Anesthetists in Florida’s Major Metropolitan Areas
The median salary among nurse anesthetists in Cape Coral-Fort Myers was exceptionally high as of 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
*This value is equal to or greater than $90/hour or $187,199/year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data beyond this level.
Nurse Midwife Salaries in the Miami and Tampa Areas
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse midwives in the Miami area were exceptionally well paid as of 2014. The median salary among nurse midwives in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area was higher than Florida’s median salary for nurse midwives: