Salaries for Wisconsin’s MSN-Educated Nurses

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Nurses in two professions that require an MSN are exceptionally well paid in Wisconsin. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nurse anesthetists in Wisconsin earned the 3rd highest average salary in the country in 2014. The salaries for nurse anesthetists were particularly high in two regions of Wisconsin:

  • Green Bay – 8th highest average salary for nurse anesthetists of any metropolitan area
  • Eastern Wisconsin Nonmetropolitan area – 3rd highest average salary of any rural area

In addition, nurse midwives in the Milwaukee area earned the 10th highest average salary of nurse midwives in any metropolitan area in the US.

Salary Ranges for MSN-Educated Nurses in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development provided the salaries of MSN-educated nurses with differing levels of experience as of 2014:

Nurse Area
Average
Experienced
Nurse Anesthetists
$214154
$248468
Nurse Midwives
$93644
$103392
Nurse Practitioners
$93171
$100727
Nurse Educators
$68662
$78265

The Economic Benefits of Obtaining an MSN in Wisconsin

Comparing the median salary among NPs with the median salary of RNs throughout Wisconsin indicates the significant increase in salary that comes with earning an MSN. NPs must have an MSN to get licensed, while RNs rarely possess this credential. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides this salary information for nurses in Wisconsin as of 2014:

Wisconsin Area
% Difference
RN Salary
La Cross
73.3%
$53900
Green Bay
60.7%
$58580
Janesville
51.9%
$63240
Appleton
51.3%
$60500
Racine
50.3%
$65300
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
49.3%
$61440
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
47.8%
$59410
Sheboygan
47.7%
$61130
Oshkosh-Neenah
47.4%
$62780
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
47.2%
$62530
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
44.7%
$64590
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
39.3%
$66970
Madison
24.0%
$73190

Wisconsin’s High Concentration of Nurse Educators and Nurse Midwives

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Eau Claire had the 5th highest concentration of jobs for nurse educators of any metropolitan area in the country in 2014. In addition, the Milwaukee area had the 9th highest concentration of jobs for nurse midwives.

The Milwaukee area had a particularly large number of nurse educators employed there in 2014. The area had the 9th highest number of nursing instructors in the country. More than 700 nurse educators were employed in the Milwaukee area in 2014.

Nurse Practitioner Salaries Throughout Wisconsin

The average salary of nurse practitioners in the metropolitan areas of Wisconsin exceeded $90,000 a year as of 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. NPs in Racine earned the highest average salary:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
120
91500
Fond du Lac WI
30
97380
Green Bay WI
210
95350
Janesville WI
40
92840
Madison WI
260
90330
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
670
93440
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
80
93880
Racine WI
70
99190
Sheboygan WI
30
91750
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
110
92580
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
180
96760
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
110
93090
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
70
84580

Nurse Anesthetist Salaries in Key Urban and Rural Areas of Wisconsin

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed the salaries of nurse anesthetists in key areas of Wisconsin as of 2014. The average salary of nurse anesthetists in Green Bay exceeded $205,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Green Bay WI
Estimate not released
205900
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
30
141980
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
Estimate not released
194600
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
50
203700
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
121620

*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 Midwives in Milwaukee

Shown below is a detailed analysis of the salaries of nurse midwives in the Milwaukee area (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
60
99830

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