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How Much do Nurses Make in Michigan?

Becoming a nurse in Michigan is one the most popular jobs in the State. There’s good reason for that since all areas of the nursing profession are growing across the state and the country. Given that fact many people wonder how much do nurses make in Michigan?

It can vary greatly depending on the type of nursing career you decide to pursue. Regardless of the degree you get, you will have good earnings potential, as LPN’s earn on average close to $50,000. But if you want to go all the way and get and MSN, your salary potential is going to skyrocket well into the six figures.

In the tables below, we have used data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) to show salaries in different Michigan cities and different nursing types.

RN Salary in Michigan

The average salary for a Registered Nurse in Michigan is $71,300. That’s pretty close to the national average salary for an RN which is $71,730. Also keep in mind the market for RN’s in Michigan is expected to continue growing at a fast pace. The BLS expects 12% growth over the next 10 years. RN’s need to get either an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

RN Salary in Michigan by Metro Area

RN salaries vary between cities, but typically stay within a $10,000 range. Anywhere between $65,000 and $75,000 is a standard average RN Salary in Michigan.

Metro AreaTotal EmploymentHourly WageAnnual Salary
Ann Arbor7,620$35.38$73,580
Battle Creek1,690$32.93$68,500
Bay City960$37.76$78,550
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn43,100$35.77$74,390
Flint4,580$36.41$75,740
Grand Rapids-Wyoming12,550$31.7$65,930
Jackson1,390N/AN/A
Kalamazoo-Portage3,110$32.87$68,380
Lansing-East Lansing3,770$36.28$75,450
Muskegon1,640$31.87$66,280
Saginaw2,680$32.14$66,850

LPN Salary in Michigan

The average salary for a Licensed Practical Nurse in Michigan is $49,040 which is almost 10% higher than the national average of $46,240. As with all nursing professions, the LPN category is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years. An additional 78,000 jobs are expected to be added which is approximately 11% growth from today’s employment numbers.

LPN Salary in Michigan by Metro Area

An LPN salary in Michigan also can vary around $10,000 depending on the metro area you work. Anywhere from $42,000 to $54,000 is standard for an LPN. That’s a pretty solid salary considering an LPN program in Michigan can be completed in as little as one year.

Metro AreaTotal EmploymentHourly WageAnnual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI560$24.41$50,770
Battle Creek, MI450$22.92$47,680
Bay City, MI220$22.8$47,420
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI5,830$25.9$53,880
Flint, MI480$24.48$50,920
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI2,030$20.92$43,520
Jackson, MI240$24.31$50,570
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI380$23.39$48,660
Lansing-East Lansing, MI540$24.46$50,880
Midland, MI240$21.54$44,800
Monroe, MI**$23.56$49,010
Muskegon, MI300$20.65$42,950
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI380$22.62$47,050
Saginaw, MI400$21.84$45,430

Nurse Practitioner Salary in Michigan

The average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Michigan is $106,880 which comes in just below the national average of $113,930. Regardless you can see the financial reward for spending more time in school. Becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Michigan does require a Master’s degree, but comes with a significant bump in salary.

Nurse Practitioner Salary in Michigan by Metro Area

Regardless of the metro area you find yourself working, average salaries for Nurse Practitioners in Michigan are going to average close to $100,000. Here are the details.

Metro AreaTotal EmploymentHourly WageAnnual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI45051.39106900
Battle Creek, MI5049.7103370
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI198052.8109820
Flint, MI22049.04102010
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI35047.6699120
Jackson, MI8050.41104850
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI19048.66101200
Lansing-East Lansing, MI18050.21104430
Muskegon, MI**52.02108200
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI5046.5996910
Saginaw, MI13047.6999190

Nurse Anesthetist Salary in Michigan

The average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Michigan is $180,560 which comes in well above the national average of $113,930. Keep in mind the BLS combines Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners in this estimate. As with Nurse Practitioners you are rewarded for the additional schooling with a much higher salary.

Nurse Anesthetist Salary in Michigan by Metro Area

There’s a much larger variation when looking across metro areas in average salary for Nurse Anesthetist’s than other types of nursing. There’s over a $50,000 swing from the lowest average salary to the highest. Have a look.

Metro AreaTotal EmploymentHourly WageAnnual Salary
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI121082.47171540
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI12075.08156160
Lansing-East Lansing, MI90101.01210100
Midland, MI6092.5192390

The Bottom Line

A nurse salary in Michigan is competitive across all areas of nursing when compared against the national average. There is some variability among metro areas especially when getting into the more sophisticated nursing degrees. Regardless, all nursing salaries in Michigan meet or exceed the state average of $49,510 across all occupations.

The growth rate of all nursing occupations is also a major plus when considering a nursing career. Given the aging population, nursing jobs should continue to be plentiful and provide competitive salaries.

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