Salaries for Nebraska’s MSN-Educated Nurses

The Nebraska Department of Labor designated a number of nursing professions that require an MSN to have a “bright outlook” in the state between 2012 and 2022. These professions included nurse educators, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners.

The median salary among MSN-educated nurses ranged from $63,775 to $160,266 as of 2015:

Nurse Career
Median
Entry-level
Nurse Anesthetists
$160266
$99670
Nurse Practitioners
$90936
$70196
Nurse Midwives
$78297
$66876
Nurse Educators
$63775
$49298

Earning an MSN in Nebraska Increased Salaries by an Average of More Than $30,000 a Year in 2014

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided the median salary among nurse practitioners and RNs throughout Nebraska as of 2014. Nurse practitioners must have a master’s degree to get licensed, and RNs rarely possess this degree. Comparing the median salary of these nurses demonstrates the significant economic impact of obtaining an MSN:

Nebraska Area
Difference
RN Salary
Lincoln
$30838
$54662
Omaha-Council Bluffs
$31067
$58573
Western Nebraska
$35496
$56264
Central Nebraska
$37234
$52166
Northeastern Nebraska
$33890
$53290

Job Growth for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Nebraska is Promising

According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, the number of jobs for advanced practice registered nurses will increase substantially between 2012 and 2022. The Department predicts that the number of jobs for nurse anesthetists will increase by 21.2% during this ten-year period. Nurse practitioners should see a similar rate of growth with predictions suggesting a 21.1% increase. The number of jobs for nurse midwives should grow by 16% during this time frame.

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries Throughout Nebraska

According to an analysis by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse anesthetists in the nonmetropolitan area of Western Nebraska had an average salary that was substantially higher than that of nurse anesthetists in other parts of the state as of 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Lincoln NE
60
124880
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA
80
137800
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
30
181390
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
147590

*These salaries are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data higher than these values.

Salaries for Nebraska’s Nurse Practitioners

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed the salaries of nurse practitioners in urban and rural parts of Nebraska as of 2014. While NPs throughout Nebraska earned a similar average salary, nurse practitioners in the Omaha area had the highest average salary:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Lincoln NE
160
87330
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA
550
92310
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
80
88530
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
110
90000
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
70
84950

Back to Top