When doctors need to perform surgery or other procedures, they rely on anaesthesia to keep patients from feeling pain. Certified registered nurse anaesthetists are involved in as much as 80 per cent of administered anaesthesia cases, according to Anesthesia Nursing. Their salaries reflect the level of responsibility they have.
A certified registered nurse anaesthetist (CRNA) averages between £65,022 and £95,171 a year, according to PayScale.com, as of April 2010. According to CRNA Jobs, a certified registered nurse anaesthetist averages about £101,400 annually, as of 2008. Salary depends on experience, geographic location and employment setting.
Data from CRNA Jobs and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) indicates that the average salary for a certified registered nurse anaesthetist is increasing. According to the CRNA Jobs survey, salary increased for 60 per cent of CRNAs from 2005 to 2008.
According to CRNA Jobs, CRNAs who work in rural areas earn the highest salaries (approximately £113,100). This is because there isn't as great a need for CRNAs in rural areas--rural companies can hire one CRNA and pay her more to handle the majority of rural anesthesiology work, according to CRNA Jobs.
CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses, meaning they're registered nurses who have gone on to pursue higher education. This increase in education, in addition to the increase in responsibility, makes a CRNA one of the highest-paid RNs. A regular RN, for example, earns a median annual wage of about £40,300, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that becoming a CRNA can double an RN's salary. CRNAs have wages comparable to some surgeons, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education and Licensure
According to the AANA, certified registered nurse anaesthetists must complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), obtain an RN license, and have at least one year of acute-care nursing experience before they are accepted into a CRNA program. These programs lead to master's degrees and can last up to 36 months. CRNAs also have to pass an exam to be fully licensed.