Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Where Do CRNA's Make More Money Than Anesthesiologists?

In my last post I looked at the Rasmussen College's web tool for comparing the buying power of an anesthesiologist's income across different states. However, since the data is based on the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the site can also be used to compare the income of other jobs. Let's just randomly pick one now okay? How about...CRNA's.

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You might think that the incomes of CRNA's and anesthesiologists would roughly parallel each other in each state. But this is clearly not the case. If we search under CRNA, it's easy to see how the rank of income levels is far different from physicians.

Whereas anesthesiologists' incomes for California, New York, and Illinois are clustered close to the bottom of the country according to the BLS, CRNA's working in those states rank much higher. In fact, California CRNA's make it into the top ten in the country in income for their profession.

If you then rank the incomes based on buying power, again the big blue states fall down the list due to their higher taxes and cost of living.

But if you look at the top of the rankings, Nevada and Wisconsin show substantial income and buying power. The average CRNA salary of $221,000 in Nevada translates to an equivalent of $225,000 when adjusted for cost of living. In Wisconsin, a $200,000 salary becomes $215,000 due to its extremely low cost of living.

How substantial is a cost of living adjusted salary of $215,000? In fact it is greater than the average adjusted income of anesthesiologists living in CT, IL, MD, DC, NJ, MA, CA, NY, and MS. These expensive (not counting Mississippi) coastal states pay their anesthesiologists less than CRNA's who reside in cheaper states like WI and NV. In addition, CRNA's in Nevada make competitive incomes, within $10,000, of anesthesiologists in these other states: MN, VT, WA, VA, DE, NH, CO, AK.

With all the extra liability and reimbursement issues that anesthesiologists face, it makes one wonder why we didn't just become nurse anesthetists. It's pretty clear from the government's own statistics that the income disparity hardly justifies the extra responsibilities of having an M.D. appended to the back of our names.


  1. I say let the CRNAs have total independence. Then see how well they do when there's no anesthesiologist to bail them out. If they and society thinks they're as good as we are, then let them have at it.

    Also, we should stop teaching them. Stop having CRNAs train alongside anesthesiology residents.

    1. Also, we should stop teaching them. Stop having CRNAs train alongside anesthesiology residents.


      Your just an egotistical jealous prick!

      CRNAs are very competent and you damn well know it...

      Your just some weak ass Anesthesiologist who thinks they are the best and can save lives...

      Look here, I can hold my own and as a matter of fact most of you so called Anesthesiologist rely on us CRNAs to save your ass!

      Now! Go drink your fucking coffee in the lounge, watch the news and complain to your significant other how hard you work all day long!

      You fucking pussy!

    2. amen!!!!! I want be a CRNA and being in the military i get to see how tough it would be to get into school. Shits hard. I just hope i get to work for a Prick like him so i can shut his ass down. worthless bastard!!!

    3. Wow, what a response from Anonymous, who clearly must be "some weak ass" CRNA. The vitriolic response really speaks for itself. Does anybdy want Anonymous taking care of their family member?

  2. What extra liability?

  3. Eventually hospitals will realize that it is much more cost efficient to employ CRNA only groups. It makes economic sense.