Nurse SalaryNursing salaries can vary widely across geographical area and depends highly on a nurses level of education and specialization. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and their increased need for health care, it’s no wonder that nursing salary and demand have been on the rise.

Masters In Nursing Salary

With the average registered nurse making $65,470 annually, earning a master’s in nursing can lead to a significant salary increase. Some advanced specialties such as a clinical nurse specialist make a moderately higher $71,000 a year, while certified registered nurse anesthetists often make more than $150,000 annually. Earning a master’s in nursing not only results in a large pay increase in many cases, it is also a great way to develop expertise in a nursing specialty.

While the Bureau of Labor and Statistics does not directly report on the salary of nurses who have attained an advanced practice nursing license through a masters in nursing, we can distill some information from current job postings around the country. National averages for higher level nursing positions will give us a better picture since there’s more data available there through third party job directories:

Oncology nurse practitioner salary: $108,000

Case management nurse practitioner salary: $90,000

Women’s health nurse practitioner salary: $96,000

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner salary: $77,000

Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner salary: $97,000

Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner salary: $90,000

Pediatric primary care nurse practitioner salary: $96,000

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner salary: $98,000

Emergency nurse practitioner salary: $94,000

Family nurse practitioner salary: $94,000

Certified nurse midwife salary: $82,000

Neonatal nurse practitioner salary: $77,000

Clinical nurse specialist salary: $71,000

Certified registered nurse anesthetist salary: $153,000

Orthopedic nurse practitioner salary: $70,000

Occupational nurse practitioner salary: $91,000

Cardiac vascular nurse practitioner salary: $105,000

Following is a state by state breakdown of salary for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing aides as made available by bls.gov: (statistics from May, 2013)

Registered Nurse

Alabama$55,870
Alaska$83,640
Arizona$71,430
Arkansas$56,150
California$96,980
Colorado$68,960
Connecticut$76,280
Delaware$70,660
DC$77,550
Florida$62,060
Georgia$61,630
Hawaii$85,380
Idaho$59,770
Illinois$66,730
Indiana$58,320
Iowa$53,520
Kansas$56,410
Kentucky$57,520
Louisiana$61,780
Maine$62,640
Maryland$71,100
Massachusetts$83,720
Michigan$65,820
Minnesota$71,160
Mississippi$56,530
Missouri$58,040
Montana$60,700
Nebraska$56,920
Nevada$78,800
New Hampshire$64,540
New Jersey$77,360
New Mexico$64,900
New York$75,470
North Carolina$59,290
North Dakota$56,030
Ohio$61,750
Oklahoma$57,130
Oregon$80,440
Pennsylvania$66,010
Rhode Island$74,080
South Carolina$59,670
South Dakota$53,050
Tennessee$56,730
Texas$67,860
Utah$60,090
Vermont$63,260
Virginia$63,150
Washington$76,420
West Virginia$55,240
Wisconsin$64,460
Wyoming$61,480Average$68,910

Licensed Practical Nurse

Alabama$35,180
Alaska$54,010
Arizona$50,770
Arkansas$54,010
California$51,800
Colorado$45,370
Connecticut$54,690
Delaware$47,770
DC$48,5990
Florida$41,300
Georgia$37,330
Hawaii$45,290
Idaho$39,050
Illinois$43,880
Indiana$40,070
Iowa$38,220
Kansas$38,580
Kentucky$37,880
Louisiana$37,820
Maine$40,810
Maryland$50,880
Massachusetts$53,020
Michigan$43,270
Minnesota$41,420
Mississippi$35,910
Missouri$35,910
Montana$38,180
Nebraska$38,250
Nevada$53,490
New Hampshire$46,930
New Jersey$52,080
New Mexico$44,970
New York$45,030
North Carolina$41,570
North Dakota$38,930
Ohio$40,550
Oklahoma$37,860
Oregon$48,150
Pennsylvania$42,880
Rhode Island$51,770
South Carolina$38,680
South Dakota$34,680
Tennessee$36,260
Texas$43,730
Utah$40,900
Vermont$43,630
Virginia$40,020
Washington$48,060
West Virginia$34,260
Wisconsin$42,420
Wyoming$42,660Average$42,910

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants

Alabama$21,590
Alaska$35,440
Arizona$27,890
Arkansas$21,280
California$29,910
Colorado$28,120
Connecticut$31,950
Delaware$27,630
DC$29,730
Florida$23,870
Georgia$21,910
Hawaii$29,780
Idaho$22,730
Illinois$25,340
Indiana$23,390
Iowa$25,310
Kansas$23,110
Kentucky$23,290
Louisiana$20,660
Maine$24,610
Maryland$28,880
Massachusetts$30,010
Michigan$26,460
Minnesota$27,450
Mississippi$20,830
Missouri$22,820
Montana$22,840
Nebraska$24,730
Nevada$32,130
New Hampshire$28,550
New Jersey$28,090
New Mexico$26,010
New York$32,130
North Carolina$22,860
North Dakota$28,070
Ohio$24,700
Oklahoma$21,820
Oregon$27,720
Pennsylvania$27,850
Rhode Island$28,750
South Carolina$22,240
South Dakota$23,250
Tennessee$23,110
Texas$23,810
Utah$23,110
Vermont$28,550
Virginia$24,190
Washington$28,850
West Virginia$22,440
Wisconsin$26,230
Wyoming$27,750Average$26,020

Highest Nursing Salary

Registered Nurse

StatesSalary
1. California$96,980
2. Hawaii$85,380
3. Massachusetts$83,720
4. Alaska$83,640
5. Oregon$80,440
Metropolitan AreasSalary
1. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$127,670
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$123,190
3. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA$121,670
4. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$121,040
5. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA$108,340

Licensed Practical Nurse

StatesSalary
1. Connecticut$54,690
2. Alaska$54,010
3. Nevada$53,490
4. Massachusetts$53,090
5. New Jersey$52,080
Metropolitan AreasSalary
1. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$62,330
2. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$62,190
3. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA$58,620
4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$58,120
5. Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA$58,090

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants

StatesSalary
1. Alaska$35,440
2. New York$32,130
3. Nevada$32,130
4. Connecticut$31,950
5. Massachusetts$30,010
Metropolitan AreasSalary
1. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$41,810
2. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$35,750
3. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA$35,190
4. Anchorage, AK$35,190
5. Nassau-Suffolk, NY$34,880