CRNA Salary and Job Outlook

Salary and job outlook are two very important things to know before choosing a career. While everyone wants a career that they love and enjoy, they also hope that they can get a job and make enough money to live comfortably on. Here is some information on CRNA salaries and job outlook.

Average Salary

The salaries of CRNAs can vary widely among different locations and types of employment. Because they are specialized, they are typically paid more than other registered nurses at the same place of employment, but the exact numbers can vary widely. In 2009, a study by Merritt Hawkins & Associates cited the average salary for CRNAs at $189,000. This was up from the average salary of earlier years. However, a 2010 survey by Locum Tenens CRNA Salary Report found the average salary to be $166,833. Whichever survey is correct, starting salaries are usually lower, and CRNAs that are just starting out should expect lower salaries than those senior to them.

Salary by State

Where CRNAs work can have a large impact on salary because of the cost of living and how much of a demand there is for CRNAs in that particular area. Oklahoma is the state with the lowest cost of living, and in addition to that, its average CRNA salary is higher than average. Possibly because of this, however, Oklahoma has a current surplus of CRNAs, so it may be harder to find a job. Hawaii is the state with the lowest average CRNA salary. It also has the highest cost of living of any state in the United States, but CRNAs there still make a comfortable salary at around $140,000.

Job Outlook as a Whole

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is put out by the United States Department of Labor, stated in the 2006-2007 edition that the employment rate of CRNAs was expected to rise dramatically in coming years. This is keeping with a trend that appears true for all nursing jobs. Until at least 2014, all nursing jobs, including CRNAs, are expected to rise much faster than most other jobs in the United States. This is good news for all those hoping to become a CRNA because it is much easier to find a job in the field than it is in many others.

Job Outlook by Place of Employment

However, the place of employment must be taken into account for job outlook. CRNAs can work in a variety of environments, and there are different job outlooks for each one. While job outlook in each type of employment is better than in many other jobs, hospitals present the lowest job growth for CRNAs, meaning anyone who is only hoping to work in a hospital environment may struggle more to find a job. Outpatient facilities have a higher rate of job growth, which means prospective CRNAs face a better chance of being hired in that type of environment.

There is no doubt that prospective CRNAs have a bright future ahead of them. Finding a job is typically not much of a struggle, and the job outlook should continue to stay positive into the years ahead. In addition to that, CRNAs typically make a salary that provides them enough to at least live comfortably.