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:
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:
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:
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):
*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.