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:
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:
*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:
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:
*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.