Salaries for Florida’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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:

Nurse Career
Median
Entry
Nurse Anesthetists
$145954
$107598
Nurse Practitioners
$92352
$70658
Nurse Midwives
$91083
$98696
Nurse Educators
$69491
$47237

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 Area
Difference
RN Salary
Cape Coral-Fort Myers
$54490
$60670
Panama City area
$43290
$53430
Port St. Lucie
$37930
$59840
Deltona area
$37420
$56150
Jacksonville
$33660
$61320
Punta Gorda
$32600
$55950
Orlando area
$32510
$61730
Miami area
$32130
$60100
Pensacola area
$32080
$53640
Palm Bay area
$30600
$61180
Crestview area
$27880
$57510
Lakeland-Winter Haven
$26790
$63250
Tampa area
$26130
$61520
Ocala
$25230
$58260
Ford Lauderdale area
$24460
$68880
North Port area
$24210
$61970
Tallahassee
$23990
$57220
West Palm Beach area
$20420
$66300
Naples-Marco Island
$19380
$63260
Gainesville
$13640
$59980
Sebastian-Vero Beach
$13400
$56930

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL
270
112230
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL
40
85790
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL
70
103990
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropol
500
90860
Gainesville FL
180
68800
Jacksonville FL
710
106010
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL
230
79720
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
1630
88100
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
660
87820
Naples-Marco Island FL
60
77470
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL
210
81260
Ocala FL
160
87010
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL
780
108680
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL
400
92770
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach FL
60
101340
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL
140
84710
Port St. Lucie FL
100
96990
Punta Gorda FL
50
88770
Sebastian-Vero Beach FL
30
72860
Tallahassee FL
110
77580
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
1230
87580
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan
480
85570
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
100
97960
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
200
90170
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
50
92420

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL
Estimate not released
187199*
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropol
30
149570
Jacksonville FL
420
154320
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
Estimate not released
155890
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
Estimate not released
189780
Naples-Marco Island FL
190
136200
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL
Estimate not released
101350
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
940
142310
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan
Estimate not released
137980

*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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
Estimate not released
92110
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
Estimate not released
90560

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