CRNA Salary Guide

How much do certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) make in the United States? And how does the salary for these nurses compare across states and between perm and temp work? Let’s take a look!

Explore our CRNA salary guide to discover:

  • CRNA Salary
  • CRNA Salary by State
  • How Do CRNA Salaries Compare Against Other Nurse Specialties?
  • How Much Will CRNAs Make in 2024?

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CRNA Salary FAQs

How Much Do CRNAs Make?

The average annual CRNA salary is $203,090 per year in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That being said, CRNAs surveyed by Medscape for its 2023 advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) compensation report reported an average annual salary of $234,000.

How Much Do Locum Tenens CRNAs Make?

Locum tenens CRNAs can make upward of $190–$250 per hour on average, however, there are many factors that impact rates including location, years of experience, and the level of demand.

If you were to extrapolate the low end of this range over a year (at 40 hours per week), a locum tenens CRNA could make $395,200 per year or more.

That means locum tenens CRNAs could make 95% more per year than the average CRNA. However, making direct salary comparisons can be complicated. While perm CRNAs are more likely to be salaried, locum tenens nurses are independent contractors earning an hourly rate, which can vary based on which assignments they take in a year.

Furthermore, because locum tenens CRNAs are paid by the hour, the hours they work are directly reflected in their pay, while a salaried nurse’s additional hours may not be reflected in their salary.

Finally, paid time off and insurance may be reflected in the perm nurse salary structure, but locum tenens providers do have options when it comes to health insurance.

CRNA Salaries by State

The most recent state breakdown of CRNA salaries comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the BLS was not able to collect enough data for all 50 states. That said, some of the top 5 highest paying states for CRNA salaries are:

  • North Dakota
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Illinois

How do CRNA Salaries Compare Against Other Nurse Specialties?

CRNAs make a higher average annual salary than nurse practitioners ($127,000), clinical nurse specialists ($120,000), and nurse managers ($126,000) according to Medscape’s compensation report.

How Much Will CRNAs Make in 2024?

CRNA salaries have increased over the last several years, with a 38% increase in reported annual salary since 2015, according to Medscape’s report.  If this continues, CRNAs can expect to earn more in 2024.

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