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.
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:
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:
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):