How Much Will Your RN Salary Increase as a CRNA?

If you're thinking about taking your nursing career to the next level, there are many factors to consider. One of the more important considerations is salary. How will advancing your career help you meet your financial goals? Nurses often debate between becoming a nurse practitioner vs. a nurse anesthetist. Earlier, we looked at how much more NPs can expect to earn than RNs on a state-by-state basis. Now, let's look at how much more CRNAs can expect to earn than their RN counterparts. 

Alabama

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,890

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $166,950

Difference: +$109,060

 

Alaska 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $87,510

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $184,040

Difference: +$96,530

 

Arizona 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $75,110

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $139,500

Difference: +$64,390

 

Arkansas 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $58,810

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $161,690

Difference: +$102,880

 

California

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $102,700

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $217,230

Difference: +$114,530

 

Colorado

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $72,570

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $152,240

Difference: +$79,670

 

Connecticut 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $80,200

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $167,920

Difference: +$87,720

 

Delaware 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $73,180

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $174,590

Difference: +$101,410

 

Florida 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $64,890 

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $172,500

Difference: +$107,610

 

Georgia 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $66,750

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $145,210

Difference: +$78,460

 

Hawaii 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $96,990

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $196,640

Difference: +$99,650

 

Idaho 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $64,520

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $145,910

Difference: +$81,390

 

Illinois 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $72,090

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $164,790

Difference: +$92,700

 

Indiana

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $62,450

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $161,570

Difference: +$99,120

 

Iowa 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,930

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $198,140

Difference: +$140,210

 

Kansas 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $59,940

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $163,670

Difference: +$103,730

 

Kentucky 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $61,530

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $185,040

Difference: +$123,510

 

Louisiana 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,560

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $147,090

Difference: +$83,530

 

Maine 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $65,890

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $159,480

Difference: +$93,590

 

Maryland 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $75,250

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $169,160

Difference: +$93,910

 

Massachusetts 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $89,330

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $193,140

Difference: +$103,810

 

Michigan 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,120

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $188,580

Difference: +$119,460

 

Minnesota 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $77,540

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $180,430

Difference: +$102,890

 

Mississippi 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,700

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $159,430

Difference: +$101,730

 

Missouri  

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,300

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $151,680

Difference: +$88,380

 

Montana 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $66,280

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $252,460

Difference: +$186,180

 

Nebraska 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $62,210

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $186,250

Difference: +$124,040

 

Nevada 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $84,980

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $196,730

Difference: +$111,750

 

New Hampshire 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $70,040

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $160,370

Difference: +$90,330

 

New Jersey 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $82,020

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $184,310

Difference: +$102,290

 

New Mexico 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,840

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $150,860

Difference: +$81,020

 

New York 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $83,450

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $181,340

Difference: +$97,890

 

North Carolina 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $62,560

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $171,040

Difference: +$108,480

 

North Dakota 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,140

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $194,570

Difference: +$131,430

 

Ohio

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $65,500

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $159,000

Difference: +$93,500

 

Oklahoma 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $61,640

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $165,490

Difference: +$103,850

 

Oregon

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $88,770

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $207,480

Difference: +$118,710

 

Pennsylvania 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,820

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $162,980

Difference: +$93,160

 

Rhode Island 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $76,650

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: Data Not Available

Difference: N/A

 

South Carolina 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,630

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $160,550

Difference: +$96,920

 

South Dakota 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,010

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $184,810

Difference: +$127,800

 

Tennessee 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $60,050

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $147,180

Difference: +$87,130

 

Texas 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $72,070

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $152,510

Difference: +$80,440

 

Utah 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,050

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $156,960

Difference: +$93,910

 

Vermont 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,560

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $155,230

Difference: +$85,670

 

Virginia 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $67,990

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $193,410

Difference: +$125,420

 

Washington 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $79,810

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $194,080

Difference: +$114,270

 

West Virginia

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $60,380

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $186,870

Difference: +$126,490

 

Wisconsin 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,200

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $191,730

Difference: +$122,530

 

Wyoming 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $64,900

Nurse Anesthetist

Annual Salary: $250,610

Difference: +$185,710

 

Overall, a RN can expect an average salary increase of $105,281 by becoming a CRNA.  

How much more will you earn as a CRNA in your state?

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Comments

You are comparing two completely different careers. I am a CRNA for 7 years now and my job responsibilities are completely different than when I was an ICU RN. For 10 years. Also I have $200,000 of student loans (you cannot work for 3 years during anesthesia school Doctorate program). Being a nurse anesthetist is a privilege and challenge that I earn every day with critical thinking, vigilance and compassion. I love my career and my patients/clients but your entire life revolves around school, then work. A huge sacrifice that MAY pay off financially after years but not without emotional, mental and physical challenges experienced in the operating room. I have done anesthesia for horrific trauma cases and seen things you cannot imagine. Being a CRNA is not about the money that you DEFINITELY EARN while you balance life and death and paralyze patients and reverse them and induce, maintain and emerge anesthesia in every type of human being on the planet. Good luck!!

Tanya McGowan