Salaries for Virginia’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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MSN-educated nurses in Virginia earned up to $39,000 more than nurses who lacked this credential in 2014 according to salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurse practitioners must have an MSN to become licensed, while RNs rarely possess this degree.

Comparing the median salary for nurse practitioners with the median salary for RNs empirically demonstrates the salary differential of nurses who have an MSN compared with those who do not:

Virginia Area
Difference
RN Salary
Winchester
$39870
$50620
Harrisonburg
$35440
$51870
Danville
$34000
$54140
Lynchburg
$33350
$54770
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
$33140
$54090
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$30820
$60540
Roanoke
$28980
$58670
Charlottesville
$28280
$63590
Richmond
$24070
$63770
Southwestern Virginia
$33530
$50180
Southside Virginia
$30850
$54040
Northwestern Virginia
$14490
$60050

How Experience Affects the Salaries of MSN-Educated Nurses in Virginia

Experienced MSN-educated nurses in Virginia earned as much as $80,000 a year more than nurses just starting out as of 2014 according to the state’s Employment Commission:

Nurse Career
Experienced
Entry-level
Nurse Anesthetists
$201373
$121281
Nurse Practitioners
$110106
$74979
Nurse Midwives
$96196
$58610
Nurse Educators
$71101
$38811

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

According to analyses by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2014, two metropolitan areas of Virginia had exceptionally high concentrations of MSN-educated nurses. Blacksburg had the highest concentration of jobs for nurse educators of any metropolitan area in the country. In addition, Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News had the 9th highest number of nurse anesthetists employed in the country.

The Virginia Employment Commission expects the number of jobs for MSN-educated nurses to increase at least 85% faster than occupations as a whole between 2012 and 2022. This Commission predicts an extremely level of job growth for nurse educators with an increase of 41.7% over the ten-year period of its projections. The rate of increase for nurse practitioners should follow closely behind with an increase of 40%. Additional predictions indicate that the number of jobs for nurse anesthetists will increase by 38.3%, while the number of nurse midwives should grow by 26.8%

Salary Analysis for Nurse Practitioners Throughout Virginia

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided an expanded level of detail on the salaries of nurse practitioners in urban and rural parts of Virginia as of 2014. NPs in the Virginia Beach area had an average salary nearly 13% higher than the average salary of the second most highly paid nurse practitioners in Virginia:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA
50
86920
Charlottesville VA
210
94600
Danville VA
40
86050
Harrisonburg VA
50
84240
Lynchburg VA
100
85740
Richmond VA
580
88650
Roanoke VA
140
87380
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
840
106570
Winchester VA-WV
70
93100
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
130
82810
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
90
81120
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
90
74890

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Three Areas of Virginia

Nurse anesthetists in the Virginia Beach area had an average salary that was higher than that of nurse anesthetists in two other regions of Virginia (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Richmond VA
210
165720
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
560
177260
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
174280

*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 salaries beyond this level.

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