Salary and Benefits

November 9, 2007

What This Job Pays: nurse anesthetist

Pay: The average pay for a nurse anesthetist in the Seattle area is $135,000 a year, with most making from $103,000 to $162,000 a year, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.

Demand: All four advanced-practice specialties of registered nurses – anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and midwives – will be in high demand, particularly in medically underserved areas such as low-income urban neighborhoods and rural areas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Relative to physicians, these RNs increasingly serve as lower-cost primary-care providers.

Need to know: Nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia, monitor a patient's vital signs during surgery and provide post-anesthesia care.

PayScale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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