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Nurse Anesthetist Salary (United States)

Nurse Anesthetists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $135K) surpassing six figures annually. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men working as Nurse Anesthetists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Most Nurse Anesthetists report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Nurse Anesthetist Salary (?
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$86,572 - $173,780
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MEDIAN: $131,654
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Nurse Anesthetist Salary (?
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$29.39 - $89.87
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MEDIAN: $67.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$86,572 - $173,780  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
Profit Sharing
$7,000 - $18,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$80,541 - $185,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.39 - $89.87  
   
Overtime
$74.50 - $126.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,000 - $18,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$80,541 - $185,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist has many different responsibilities in a medical setting, but their main duty is to help prepare and administer anesthetics to patients for surgery and other procedures. They are also responsible for choosing what anesthetic agents will be used on the patients based on physical and psychological factors, monitor patients in the operating room to maintain the proper level of anesthetics and prevent injuries, and help train and assist students to ensure they are properly trained. This is generally a full-time position that takes place in a health care facility such as a hospital or surgery center. Exposure to bodily fluids and communicable diseases may occur in this environment, although sanitary and safety procedures can help mitigate exposure.
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Nurse Anesthetist Tasks
  • Oversee patient postoperative and recovery.
  • Monitor levels of anesthesia intraoperatively and adjust accordingly.
  • Administer anesthesia for patients prior to surgery or delivery.
  • Perform a physical assessment of patient.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Anesthetist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Nurse Anesthetists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $127K per year. On average, Nurse Anesthetists make $153K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Boston
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Chicago
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National Average
$135,000
New York
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Cincinnati
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Houston
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Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Erie
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Nurse Anesthetists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Nurse Anesthetists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+11 percent) and Chicago (+2 percent). In Erie, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Raleigh and 9 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Nurse Anesthetist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$135,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%