Registered nurses across Oklahoma are using MSN degrees to facilitate career advancement, which ultimately leads to greater earning power. In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported that Oklahoma’s BSN-educated registered nurses earned an average of $57,830 annually. By contrast, MSN-educated nurses were some the highest paid professionals in the state. For example, nurse anesthetists earned an average of $161,690 annually while nurse practitioners earned $82,880.
In that same year, postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers profited from high employment opportunities as well as substantial salary offers in Oklahoma. In fact:
- Oklahoma was among the top five states with the highest concentration of postsecondary nursing instructor and teacher jobs in the country. The 980 postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers working in the state earned an average of $60,570 annually.
- The Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area was the fourth highest paying nonmetropolitan for postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers in the country. In this region, these MSN-educated nurses earned $71,310 annually.
How Salaries for APRNs and Other MSN-Educated Nurses in Oklahoma Rise with Experience
MSN-educated nurses in all areas of nursing can continue pushing their salary earning limits by becoming the most highly experienced professionals in their area of specialization. To prove how salaries in Oklahoma increase with experience, the United States Department of Labor released the following statistics in 2014:
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
- Entry-level: $39,200
- Mid-career: $56,900
- Experienced: $89,100
- Entry-level: $73,600
- Mid-career: $170,200
- Experienced: $187,200+
- Entry-level: $31,000
- Mid-career: $87,700
- Experienced: $124,700
Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Oklahoma
Major cities in Oklahoma do not necessarily provide the highest nurse anesthetist salaries. In fact, since employers in more rural regions have more limited access to highly skilled practitioners they often offer high-end salaries to attract the best candidates. For example, the United States Department of Labor reported that Oklahoma’s Northeastern nonmetropolitan area delivered the best nurse anesthetist salary average in the state as of 2014:
*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.
Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Oklahoma
According to the United States Department of Labor, nurse practitioners practicing in Oklahoma’s biggest metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions earned salaries within the range of $75,000-$99,000 annually in 2014. Among these areas, the Northeastern nonmetropolitan area and Lawton awarded nurse practitioners the highest average pay: