How much does a CRNA earn?
This varies based on location and time. CRNA salaries are constantly changing, so exact figures are difficult to give. It is safe to say that at the time this was written, salaries for new graduate CRNA’s ranged from $110,000 to $140,000, plus benefits. Many anesthesia groups and hospitals, in addition to this salary, offer overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 hours per week.
A word about benefits: For CRNA’s, benefits may be quite substantial compared to what a staff nurse receives. They may include education loan repayment options, full health and dental care for the CRNA and his/her family, retirement packages, malpractice insurance, life insurance, and others. In considering contracts, benefits should play a major role in your decision. When they are included into the salary package, they can increase your actual income substantially.