According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, several metropolitan areas in Texas were among the highest paying areas in the country for nursing professions that require an MSN (2014):
- Nurse Anesthetists: San Antonio-New Braunfels—2nd highest paying
- Nurse Midwives: Dallas-Plano-Irving—5th highest paying
- Nurse Practitioners: Texarkana—7th highest paying
The Texas Workforce Commission provided the salaries for MSN-educated nurses with a range of experience as of 2014:
Earning an MSN Can Add More Than $77,000 a Year To A Nurse’s Salary in Texas
Since nurse practitioners must have a master’s degree to get licensed, and RNs typically lack this credential, comparing the median salary among these nurses demonstrates the financial benefits of obtaining an MSN:
The Texas Workforce Commission Predicts High Levels of Job Growth for Advanced Nursing Professions
Nurse educators are experiencing the 12th fastest job growth rate in Texas in a comparison of more than 800 occupations according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Commission expects the number of jobs for MSN-educated nurses to increase by at least 32.6% between 2012 and 2022:
- Nurse Educators—41.6%
- Nurse Practitioners—40.5%
- Nurse Midwives—35.0%
- Nurse Anesthetists—32.6%
Texas had the largest number of nurse anesthetists employed in the US in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than half of the nurse anesthetists in Texas were employed in the Houston area. This area had the greatest number of nurse anesthetists employed of any metropolitan area in the country.
In addition, the BLS reported that Texas had the 2nd highest number of nurse educators in the country. The state also had the 3rd highest number of NPs in the country. Many of these nurse practitioners are located in the Houston area, which had the 9th highest number of NPs of any metropolitan area in the country. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood had the 10th highest concentration of jobs for nurse practitioners nationwide.
Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Texas
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides additional details on the salaries of nurse practitioners in both the major metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Texas as of 2014. Nurse practitioners in the nonmetropolitan area of Southern Texas enjoyed an average salary that greatly exceeded the average salary of NPs in other parts of the state:
*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 Nurse Anesthetists Throughout Texas
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for nurse anesthetists in the San Antonio area greatly exceeded the average salary of nurse anesthetists in other parts of Texas as of 2014:
*These values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not typically report salary values higher than this.
Salaries for Nurse Midwives in the Dallas and Houston Areas
Nurse midwives in the Dallas area earned a much higher average salary than nurse midwives in the Houston area as of 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: