Salaries for New Mexico’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2014 registered nurses in New Mexico took home an average annual salary of $65,790. Yet, this salary pales in comparison to what MSN-educated nurses achieved that same year. In fact, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners were all ranked among the state’s top 40 highest paying occupations. Average annual salaries for these MSN-educated nurse professions were as follows:

  • Nurse anesthetists $130,460
  • Nurse midwives $95,900
  • Nurse practitioners $100,490
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The Impact of Experience on Salaries for APRNs and Other MSN-Educated Nurses in New Mexico

Most MSN-educated nurses discover early on that gaining relevant and diverse work experience over several years is usually the best way to become the highest paid practitioners in their field of specialization. In 2014, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions supported this connection between experience and salary by releasing the following statistics:

Nurse Instructor and Teacher, Postsecondary

  • Entry-level: $48,750
  • Mid-career: $64,390
  • Experienced: $75,600

Nurse Anesthetist

  • Entry-level: $46,290
  • Mid-career: $126,780
  • Experienced: $172,540

Nurse Midwife

  • Entry-level: $79,190
  • Mid-career: $98,030
  • Experienced: $104,260

Nurse Practitioner

  • Entry-level: $70,250
  • Mid-career: $96,580
  • Experienced: $115,600

Even online job advertisements posted by New Mexico’s state government offer a wide salary range for MSN-educated nurses based upon experience. For example, in 2016 the Department of Health had a certified nurse practitioner position available in Anthony, NM that offered $50,897.60-$88,524.80 annually.

Certified Nurse-Midwife Salaries in New Mexico

Albuquerque stands out as New Mexico’s largest, metropolitan city. As such, the area employs a large number of MSN-educated nurses to service its large population. The United States Department of Labor reported that nurse midwives practicing in Albuquerque were paid an average annual salary of $96,930 in 2014. The following data table provides a more thorough analysis of nurse midwife salaries that year:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM

Salaries for New Mexico’s Nurse Practitioners

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor found that Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and the North and West Central nonmetropolitan areas were the highest paying locations in New Mexico for nurse practitioners. The nurse practitioners working in these regional divisions earned an average annual salary of over $100,000:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM
Las Cruces NM
Santa Fe NM
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area

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