Salaries for South Carolina’s MSN-Educated Nurses

The South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce designated two advanced nursing professions as having a “bright outlook” in the state between 2012 and 2022. Both nurse practitioners and nurse educators made this list due to the high job growth rates for these professions and the large number of jobs expected to become available during this time frame.

Obtaining an MSN in South Carolina Can Add up to $49,000 to a Nurse’s Base Salary

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the median salary among nurse practitioners and RNs in South Carolina as of 2014. Since nurse practitioners must have a master’s degree to get licensed, while RNs rarely possess this degree, a comparison of these salaries demonstrates the economic benefits of obtaining an MSN in South Carolina.

South Carolina Area
Difference
RN Salary
Spartanburg
$39430
$53430
Florence
$32510
$62710
Columbia
$32130
$55970
Anderson
$29160
$56000
Myrtle Beach area
$28460
$55760
Greenville area
$26210
$58020
Charleston area
$23430
$64080

Nonmetropolitan Areas:

South Carolina Area
Difference
RN Salary
Lower Savannah
$49350
$40380
Pee Dee South
$42510
$55590
Low Country
$32320
$60240
Upper Savannah
$23330
$55310

Experience Affects the Salaries of MSN-Educated Nurses in South Carolina

Salary data from the South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce indicated that experienced MSN-educated nurses in the state earned up to $177,350 a year as of 2014:

Nurse Career
Experienced
Entry-level
Nurse Anesthetists
$177350
$102670
Nurse Practitioners
$98820
$67670
Nurse Midwives
$93970
$53370
Nurse Educators
$76620
$48870

The Number of Jobs for MSN-Educated Nurses in South Carolina is Rapidly Increasing

Job projections from the South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce indicate that the level of growth for MSN-educated nurses in the state is least 1.5 times greater than that for occupations as a whole. This Department predicts that the number of jobs for nurse anesthetists will increase by 17% between 2012 and 2022. The predicted rate of job growth for other advanced nursing professions is even higher:

  • Nurse Educators 2%
  • Nurse Midwives 4%
  • Nurse Practitioners 5%

Salaries of South Carolina’s Nurse Practitioners

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary among nurse practitioners in Spartanburg as of 2014 was higher than the median salary among NPs in other locations in South Carolina:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anderson SC
50
83250
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC
230
86190
Columbia SC
230
86960
Florence SC
60
99070
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley SC
150
79330
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway SC
60
84980
Spartanburg SC
110
100500
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
100
88300
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
100
83940
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
70
98230
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
40
88600

The Salary Range for Nurse Anesthetists in the Charleston Area

Shown below is a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse anesthetists in Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC
160
144890

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