Salaries for Massachusetts’s MSN-Educated Nurses

MSN-educated nurses in Massachusetts tend to be exceptionally well paid. For example, nurse educators in Massachusetts had the second highest average salary in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurse educators in Massachusetts earned an average salary of $88,250. This value was $17,600 higher than the national average for nurse educators.

In addition, nurse practitioners in Massachusetts had the 5th highest average salary in the country. The average salary of $107,230 for an NP in Massachusetts was $9,240 higher than the national average.

Nurse midwives in Massachusetts also earned an average salary that was higher than the national average. The average salary of a nurse midwife in Massachusetts was $103,600. Nurse anesthetists earned an average salary of $136,290.

Earning an MSN in Massachusetts Can Increase Salaries by Up to $33,000

Analyzing the median salary among nurse practitioners in Massachusetts versus the median salary among RNs demonstrates the significant earning power that having an MSN can confer. NPs must have master’s degrees, while RNs generally lack this credential. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the salaries that these professionals earned in the major metropolitan areas of Massachusetts as of 2014:

Massachusetts Area
+MSN Salary
RNs Salary
Leominster area
$33080
$76340
New Bedford
$30770
$71740
Haverhill area
$27160
$65810
Framingham
$23490
$80400
Springfield
$22190
$72330
Lawrence area
$22060
$75410
Lowell area
$20990
$79030
Peabody
$20240
$71300
Boston area
$19470
$86670
Worcester
$18480
$84230
Brockton area
$14620
$84860
Barnstable Town
$9860
$75440

How Experience and Location Affect the Salaries of MSN-Educated Nurses in Massachusetts

Salary data from the Executive Office of Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development indicates the high salaries earned by experienced nurses who possessed MSNs in 2014:

  • Nurse Anesthetists—$169,900
  • Nurse Midwives-—$122,540
  • Nurse Practitioners—$120,610
  • Nurse Educators—$105,990

Several nursing professions that require an MSN had exceptionally high salaries in major metropolitan areas in Massachusetts as of 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Springfield Area—Nurse Educators had the 2nd highest salary
  • Boston Area—Nurse Midwives had the 6th highest salary
  • Boston Area—Nurse Educators had the 7th highest salary

Advanced Nursing Professions Are Among the Fastest Growing Occupations in Massachusetts

The Executive Office of Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development analyzed more than 800 occupations to determine the fastest growing professions in the state. This Office identified nurse educators as the 13th fastest growing occupation in the period between 2012 and 2022. The number of jobs for nurse educators is expected to increase by 34.32% during the ten-year period of these projections.

Nurse practitioners also made the list of the fastest growing occupations in Massachusetts. The Department expects the number of jobs for NPs in Massachusetts to increase by 25.65% during the period of their predictions.

In addition, the number of nurse midwives is expected to increase by 24.73%, while the number of jobs for nurse anesthetists should grow by 16.93%

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of nurse midwives employed in Massachusetts was the 3rd highest in the country in 2014. In addition, Massachusetts had the 5th largest number of nurse practitioners employed of any state.

Many of these MSN-educated nurses are located in the Boston area. This region had the 2nd highest number of NPs and nurse midwives of any metropolitan are in the country.

Salaries for Nurse Practitioners Throughout Massachusetts

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided expanded detail on the salaries of nurse midwives throughout the major metropolitan areas of Massachusetts as of 2014. NPs in New Bedford earned an average salary that was significantly higher than that of other nurse practitioners in Massachusetts:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
140
85420
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
4030
108690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
3210
110880
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
100
99690
Framingham MA NECTA Division
110
101310
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
60
95190
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
70
101230
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
70
112900
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
120
108280
New Bedford MA
100
123470
Peabody MA NECTA Division
170
93900
Springfield MA-CT
370
96960
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
50
89920
Worcester MA-CT
390
102160

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

Nurse Midwife Salaries in Boston and Springfield

Salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that nurse midwives in the Boston area had significantly higher salaries than nurse midwives in the Springfield area in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
240
108280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
220
108960
Springfield MA-CT
60
90800

Salaries of Nurse Anesthetists in Boston and Worcester

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurse anesthetists in the Boston and Worcester areas who were in the 90th percentile earned an average salary so high in 2014 that it exceeded the values delineated by the BLS:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
650
169270
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
480
141940
Worcester MA-CT
Estimate not released
149100

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

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