Salaries for Texas’ MSN-Educated Nurses

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:

Nurse Career
Average
Recent Graduates
Nurse Anesthetists
$161741
$107207
Nurse Midwives
$103441
$79214
Nurse Practitioners
$102070
$76140
Nurse Educators
$63414
$42701

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:

Texas Area
Difference
RN Salary
Abilene
$50040
$58810
Amarillo
$32010
$57270
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcus
$13520
$65130
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$55640
$61130
Brownsville-Harlingen
$39790
$66770
Corpus Christi
$25470
$64610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$29400
$71300
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$27350
$71620
El Paso
$48920
$63700
Fort Worth-Arlington
$32540
$70630
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$30900
$75340
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$26820
$65970
Laredo
$26630
$64300
Longview
$24340
$59790
Lubbock
$36910
$57930
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$51980
$63150
Midland
$45090
$60950
Odessa
$34090
$60110
San Angelo
$37350
$54870
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$32230
$65630
Texarkana
$77500
$54590
Tyler
$50790
$58000
Waco
$36310
$61280
Wichita Falls
$46820
$55910

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Abilene TX
80
114020
Amarillo TX
110
87480
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
630
80510
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
100
117260
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
120
111960
Corpus Christi TX
100
92660
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
2130
100770
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
1380
100040
El Paso TX
150
119040
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
750
102130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
1580
108260
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
310
93580
Laredo TX
50
89810
Longview TX
50
80990
Lubbock TX
110
97340
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
190
121790
Midland TX
40
102960
Odessa TX
40
101900
San Angelo TX
40
94320
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
510
98180
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
60
125020
Tyler TX
90
110240
Waco TX
Estimate not released
109200
Wichita Falls TX
50
106280
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
150
110020
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
170
105020
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
70
108680
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
40
136420
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
95980

*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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
Estimate not releaaed
69430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
Estimate not releaaed
165900
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
240
169840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
1820
172200
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
110
176550
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
40
249610
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
40
204520

*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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
40
114640
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
40
114640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
80
97070

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