Reflecting their level of responsibility, CRNAs are one of the best-paid nursing specialties.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for CRNAs was $164,030 in 2016.
Reasons for Variance in CRNA Salaries
Salary information varies widely from state to state and even city to city. The salary earned by a CRNA also is dependent on supply and demand, cost of living, and experience level.
Additionally, opportunities to work as an independent contractor or even start a business of providing CRNA staffing can open up possibilities for increases in a CRNA’s salary.
The Role of Nurse Anesthetists
Nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are utilized in a variety of settings in and outside of hospitals. A CRNA’s role includes taking care of a patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery or throughout the process of delivering a baby. CRNA’s see and assess their patients preoperatively, answering any questions that the patient or their family may have regarding their upcoming anesthetic. They prepare the area of anesthetic delivery to ensure patient safety. CRNA’s then, administer, maintain and recover their patients from anesthesia. Finally, they follow the patient’s postoperative course in order to ensure quality of care.
source: 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics