Salaries for Minnesota’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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Nurse anesthetists in Rochester were the tenth most highly paid in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary among nurse anesthetists in Minnesota was $158,891 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Other MSN-educated nurses in Minnesota also earned high wages. The median salary among nurse practitioners was $103,709, while the median salary among nurse midwives was $98,779.

Nurse educators in Minnesota in the 90th percentile earned an average of $98,882, while the median salary among nurse educators in the state was $65,837.

A Comparative Analysis of NP and RN Salaries in Minnesota’s Major Metropolitan and Non-Metro Areas

Nurse practitioners are required to have a master’s degree, and RNs rarely possess an MSN. Thus, comparing the median salary among NPs with the median salary among RNs indicates the economic benefits of obtaining an MSN. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided this salary information for regions of Minnesota as of 2014:

Metropolitan Areas

Minnesota Area
Difference
RNs Salary
Rochester
$41480
$62090
Duluth
$38820
$64430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington
$27460
$75330
St. Cloud
$22090
$80900

Nonmetropolitan Areas

Minnesota Area
Difference
RNs Salary
Southwest Minnesota
$41990
$59270
Northeast Minnesota
$36980
$60840
Southeast Minnesota
$32420
$56430
Northwest Minnesota
$30070
$66020

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are in Demand in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provided a list of in demand occupations in the state. Nurse practitioners were the number one in demand job for occupations that required a master’s degree. Nurse anesthetists ranked 10th on this list, while nurse midwives came in at number 12. The Department designated all of these projections to have a growth rate of “well above average.”

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area had a large number of MSN-educated nurses employed in this metropolitan area in 2014 compared to the rest of the country:

  • 2nd highest number of jobs for nurse anesthetists
  • 3rd highest number of jobs for nurse midwives
  • 10th highest number of jobs for nurse educators

In addition, Rochester had the highest concentration of jobs for nurse practitioners in the country that year.

Salaries for Nurse Practitioners in Urban and Rural Areas of Minnesota

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides expanded detail on the salaries of nurse practitioners throughout Minnesota as of 2014. NPs in St. Cloud earned an average salary that was substantially higher than that of nurse practitioners in other parts of Minnesota:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
250
101300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
1520
103450
Rochester MN
700
102710
St. Cloud MN
120
109620
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
80
99230
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
40
100350
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
70
106720
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
130
87990

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries Throughout Minnesota

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse anesthetists in Duluth had an average salary that was the highest of those shown for Minnesota as of 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
90
212220
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
1050
153160
Rochester MN
60
196410
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
70
185890
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
180490

*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.

Salaries for Nurse Midwives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Area

Shown below is a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse midwives in the Minneapolis area (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
170
91570

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