Nurse Anesthetist Salary
Nurse Anaesthesiologist Salary

Nurse anesthetist administers oxygen to patient.  Nurse anesthetists perform many of the same tasks as an anesthesiologist.

Nurse anesthetist administers oxygen to patient.  Nurse anesthetists perform many of the same tasks as an anesthesiologist.

The average Nurse Anesthetist or Nurse Anesthetist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Nurse Anesthetists or Nurse Anesthesiologists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. The salary of Nurse Anesthesiologists varies depending on the location and the setting.

The assumption was made that the Nurse Anesthetists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year. Just to set the record straight.

While the term Nurse Anesthesiologist is common and widely used the correct term is Nurse Anesthetist. So, regardless of the term; Nurse Anesthesiologist, Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) this is the salary data for a nurse who provides anesthesia.

Currently the earnings opportunities for nurse anesthetists and the best state and metropolitan areas for them to earn are similar to those of the anesthesiologist. The trend does seem to be that rural areas (when they can afford it) are paying premiums of 10% to 30% more than urban regions to attract healthcare providers.


The median Nurse Anesthesiologist salary is more than $71.00 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $50.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $90.00 per hour.


On an annual basis the median Nurse Anesthesiologist salary is more than $148,160. The lowest 10% earn less than $105,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $187,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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 Lowest and Highest

The lowest paid Nurse Anesthesiologists earn less than $105,000 annually while the highest paid Nurse Anesthesiologists earn more than $200,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The 5 best paying states to earn a Nurse Anesthetist salary are Wyoming $215,720, Nevada $208,700, District of Columbia $185,800, Connecticut $181,650, and Oregon $176,470.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The 5 best city or metropolitan areas to earn Nurse Anesthetist salary are Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC $202,660, Columbia, SC $196,390, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division $188,270, Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT $185,880, and Charleston, WV $183,620.

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Other Industries that Employ Nurse Anesthetists

The majority is employed in hospitals and clinics, a small number of CRNA's work in federal service, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

There are over 40,000 Nurse Anesthetists working in the U.S. in a variety of settings.

Where They Work

Of all the Nurse Anesthesiologists employed in the United States a significant number of them work in hospitals. Others work in doctor's offices or clinics. Ambulatory surgical centers, local and state government and employment agencies comprise the majority of the employment opportunities for nurse anesthetists.

Private Practice vs. Employment

The nurse anesthetist can be private practice or self-employed. A few are employed by federal or state governments. A small number may also be found in the military. The options for employment also exist. Private practice vs. employment seems to be a matter of personal choice and degree of independence desired by the individual.


Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)

The annual salary of an Anesthetist Nurse is approximately £40,000. These nurses are responsible for a number of functions such as preparing anesthesia for the patients and calming patients before a surgical procedure. They also conduct tests and verify the patient's health information.


Certified registered nurse anesthetists are some of the highest-paid advanced practice nursing professionals. Salaries vary greatly by region, type of facility, number of years in practice and sub-specialty. The average CRNA salary for 2006 was more than $160,000 CAD. Nurse anesthetists can expect to begin their careers earning in the low $110,000 salary range and can move toward $200,000 or more as they gain additional experience. The rate of pay increases for CRNAs practicing in specific areas.


Wages for a nurse anesthetist in Australia are comparable to those in the U.S.  the median annual wage is approximately $140,000 AUD with bonuses.   hourly pay is approximately $67 AUD. 

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