RN vs. CRNA vs. PA pay: 6 key comparisons

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Registered nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists and physician assistants play vital roles in patient care delivery.

Here are six points of comparison on pay, based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey for RN, CRNA and PA annual and hourly wages. The survey was released March 31 and is the most recent data available.

1. Median annual wage

RN: $75,330
CRNA: $189,190
PA: $116,080

2. Median hourly wage

RN: $36.22
CRNA: $90.96
PA: $55.81

3. Annual wage at general medical and surgical hospital

RN: $81,680
CRNA: $196,530
PA: $117,320

4. Annual wage at physician offices

RN: $71,660
CRNA: $180,780
PA: $115,120

5. Annual wage at outpatient care centers

RN: $89,300
CRNA: $224,810
PA: $128,820

6. Top three states with the highest pay

RN:

California: $120,560
Hawaii: $104,830
Massachusetts: $96,250

CRNA:

Wyoming: $243,310
Montana: $239,380
Oregon: $234,750

PA:

Alaska: $150,430
Connecticut: $146,110
Rhode Island: $135,800

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