Nurse anesthetist salary

How much do CRNAs make?

What is the salary for a CRNA? conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in May of 2021. Survey respondents represent CRNAs who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average certified nurse anesthetist salary in 2020


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary for CRNAs compare to other years?

The average CRNA salary has steadily been increasing over the years, and despite the pandemic, CRNA salary continued to increase, unlike anesthesiologists who reported a decreased salary in 2020. However, more than a third (36%) stated their salary decreased last year due to the pandemic and 37% said they were laid off or furloughed in 2020.

Almost half (46%) said their workload decreased due to COVID-19. Almost half of CRNAs reported burnout in 2020 due to COVID-19 and 77% of them are planning to take time off work or vacation in 2021. To learn more about how clinician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

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Survey Results 

Demographic insights by gender

There were slightly more female CRNAs than male in 2020, and the number of female CRNAs has increased by 20% since 2018. CRNA Salary Survey - Male Salary


11% decrease CRNA Salary Survey - Female Salary


11% increase

Where did CRNAs work in 2020?

Most CRNAs worked in hospitals in 2020.

CRNA Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed


CRNA Salary Survey - Academic

Outpatient surgery center


CRNA Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice


View clinician employment trends during the pandemic and insight into how COVID-19 affected their salary and workload.

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Respondent demographics

CRNAs who took this survey

In 2020 most CRNAs worked in the southeast. Almost half (44%) were full-time employed physicians, and the other half (45%) were locum tenens. Most CRNAs are not planning on making a job change. Most anesthesiologists are from generation X (born between 1965 and 1980).

To learn more about how clinician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are CRNAs?

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in May 2021. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2300 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo