Salaries for Mississippi’s MSN-Educated Nurses

MSN-educated nurse in Mississippi earned an average salary ranging from $67,030 to nearly $160,000 a year as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Employment Security:

Nurse Career
Average
Entry-level
Nurse Anesthetists
$159880
$114190
Nurse Practitioners
$99060
$74120
Nurse Midwives
$90080
$82940
Nurse Educators
$67030
$45760

Nurse educators in the nonmetropolitan area of Northeast Mississippi were the 5th most highly paid of nurse educators in any rural area in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. These nurse educators earned an average salary of $69,620.

Obtaining an MSN in Mississippi Can Add More Than $34,000 a Year to a Nurse’s Salary

Comparing the salaries of nurse practitioners with that of RNs demonstrates the significant economic benefits of obtaining an MSN in Mississippi. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the median salaries among nurse practitioners in different parts of Mississippi as of 2014.

By definition, nurse practitioners have a master’s degree, while RNs rarely possess this credential. Thus, comparing the median salary among nurse practitioners to that of RNs demonstrates the degree to which obtaining an MSN can increase salaries in Mississippi:

Metropolitan Areas:

Mississippi Area
Difference
RN Salary
Gulfport-Biloxi
$49580
$55620
Hattiesburg
$41040
$52430
Pascagoula
$36600
$58910
Jackson
$34590
$61010

Nonmetropolitan Areas:

Mississippi Area
Difference
RN Salary
Southwest Mississippi
$49960
$50790
Southeast Mississippi
$41730
$53100
Northwest Mississippi
$38620
$56200
Northeast Mississippi
$37160
$51500

The Growing Demand in Mississippi For MSN-Educated Nurses in Advanced Practice and Non Clinical Roles

Mississippi had the second highest concentration of nurse practitioners in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. A number of regions of Mississippi had particularly high concentrations of NPs:

  • Hattiesburg—6th highest concentration of any urban area
  • Jackson—9th highest concentration of any urban area
  • Nonmetropolitan Southwest Mississippi—3rd highest concentration of any rural area
  • Nonmetropolitan Southeast Mississippi—4th highest concentration of any rural area

In addition, the nonmetropolitan area of Northeast Mississippi had the largest number of jobs for nurse practitioners of any rural area in the country.

Predictions from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security indicate that the number of jobs for nurse educators in the state will increase by 16.3% between 2010 and 2020. This rate of increase is 2.4 times greater than that for occupations as a whole in Mississippi.

Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Urban and Rural Mississippi

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided a highly detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse practitioners throughout Mississippi as of 2014. NPs in Gulfport-Biloxi earned a significantly average higher salary than nurse practitioners in the rest of the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Gulfport-Biloxi MS
170
108390
Hattiesburg MS
150
95570
Jackson MS
600
96880
Pascagoula MS
110
98770
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
390
88060
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
160
97590
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
270
102570
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
200
105640

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Rural Mississippi

Shown below are the salary ranges for nurse anesthetists in two rural areas of Mississippi (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
40
148430
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
60
145760

*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.

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