Some nurses earn more than doctors
Certified nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) earn more per year than the average family doctor.
According to a study by Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a physician recruiting and consulting firm, the average base salary for a CRNA in 2009 was $189,000, while the average base salary for a primary care physician was only $173,000. The trend is expected to continue into 210, with annual salaries estimated at $186,000 for CRNAs and $178,000 for family physicians.
While representatives of Merritt Hawkins are concerned that the income disparity may discourage young physicians from specializing in primary care — at a time when primary care providers are desperately needed — the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists insists that CRNAs are fairly compensated for highly specialized work.
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.
By Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN