Salaries for Pennsylvania’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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It has never been easier for nurses to get an MSN degree and generate higher salaries in Pennsylvania. According to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the state is home to over two-dozen nationally accredited MSN programs.

Pennsylvania also employs MSN-educated nurse in such great numbers and pays them so well that even the United States Department of Labor took notice in 2014:

  • Pennsylvania held the fourth highest employment level for postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers in the country. The 3,210 postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers working in the state earned $66,170 annually.
  • Nurse anesthetists were among Pennsylvania’s top 15 highest paying occupations in 2014. That year, nurse anesthetists earned $172,890 annually.
  • Pennsylvania held the fifth highest employment level for nurse anesthetists in the country. At that time, there were 2,050 nurse anesthetists working statewide.
  • Nursing practitioners are among Pennsylvania’s top 35 fastest growing occupations from 2012 through 2022. In 2014, there were 3,910 nurse practitioners employed here.

Experience Equals Higher Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Pennsylvania

The number of years of experience a nurse acquires coincides with rising salaries and the potential for promotions. In 2014, the United States Department of Labor illustrated this interrelated relationship by releasing the following salary sets for MSN-educated nurses in Pennsylvania:

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Entry-level: $41,400
  • Mid-career: $67,000
  • Experience: $96,700

Nurse Anesthetists

  • Entry-level: $127,500
  • Mid-career: $159,400
  • Experience: $187,200+

Nurse Midwives

  • Entry-level: $55,300
  • Mid-career: $87,300
  • Experience: $112,500

Nurse Practitioners

  • Entry-level: $45,100
  • Mid-career: $90,200
  • Experience: $119,700

Salaries for Pennsylvania’s Nurse Anesthetists

Philadelphia is the largest city in the state and among the top five largest cities in the country. As a result, local employers often offer high-end salaries to stay afloat in a competitive market. In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported that the Philadelphia metropolitan division offered the highest nurse anesthetist salaries in the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
Estimate Not Released
138860
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
110
170750
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
Estimate Not Released
213540
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
830
194740
Pittsburgh PA
740
165270
York-Hanover PA
Estimate Not Released
172720
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
40
175000
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
40
178640
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
60
192510

*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 Pennsylvania’s Nurse-Midwives

Even nurse midwives working in relatively close proximity to each other can experience noticeably salary averages in Pennsylvania. For example, in 2014 the United States Department of Labor found that nurse midwives employed in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area earned $95,260 annually, while those in the Philadelphia metropolitan division received closer to $85,380:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
30
85380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
100
95260

Salaries for Nurse Practitioners in Pennsylvania

Nurse practitioners that intend to maximize their salary earnings in Pennsylvania are encouraged to pay close attention to salary trends throughout the state. For instance, the United States Department of Labor reported that the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre and York-Hanover areas gave nurse practitioners over $100,000 annually, making these regions the best paying locations in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
210
86490
Altoona PA
30
86040
Erie PA
80
93730
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
280
95890
Johnstown PA
Estimate Not Released
80350
Lancaster PA
120
89570
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
1510
88500
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
2430
92200
Pittsburgh PA
580
87020
Reading PA
140
94030
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
160
108190
State College PA
40
86720
Williamsport PA
40
88140
York-Hanover PA
70
103990
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
110
89620
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
190
68300
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
150
79730
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
100
88740

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