Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Overtime Pay Wage & Hour Laws
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Commonly asked overtime pay law questions about certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs):

What Is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)?

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who administer anesthesia, monitor patient’s vital signs and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia.

CRNAs may assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

CRNAs also monitor patients who are receiving and later recovering from anesthesia. CRNAs ust be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education focusing on anesthesia, completed extensive clinical training, and passed a certification exam approved by the National Boards of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.

CRNAs care for patients from all walks of life. Some patients are scheduled for surgery, while others come in for emergency surgeries related to trauma or other potentially life-threatening events.

What is the Salary Range for a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist?

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are some of the highest paid registered nurses in the industry.

Depending on the work setting and state where CRNAs are employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted that in 2016, CRNAs made between $105,400 to $242,000, with the average annual salary being approximately $157,000.

How Many Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Are Nationally Employed?

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation is as follows:

Employment Employment RSE* Mean Hourly Wage Mean Annual Wage Wage RSE
39,860 3.7% $78.86 $164,030 0.9%

*RSE: The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the percentile wage estimates for a CRNA is as follows:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $51.91 $66.25 $77.05 $91.29 < $100.00

Where Are Most Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Employed?

According to the United States Department of Labor, states with the highest employment level in this occupation are as follows:

State Employment Employment Per Thousand Jobs Location Quotient Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Texas 4,700 0.40 1.41 $73.40 $152,670
Ohio 2,510 0.47 1.65 $75.39 $156,820
North Carolina 2,440 0.58 2.03 $79.17 $164,670
Pennsylvania 2,310 0.40 1.41 $76.78 $159,700
Florida 2,030 0.25 0.87 $78.54 $163,370

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What are the Laws for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Overtime Pay?

While many Registered Nurses are entitled to overtime wages for working more than 40 hours in a work week, the laws are not so favorable for a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). That is, a CRNA may not be entitled to overtime pay wages because it involves a specialty area of nursing that comes within the “professional exemption” of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees in this category are not entitled to overtime pay wages from their employer.

Many types of jobs are considered “exempt” from the Fair Labor Standard Overtime Laws (FLSA), which means that employees working in those positions are not entitled to overtime pay wages for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. One class of “exempt employees” is the “professional” exemption, which applies to physicians, lawyers, and similar professions. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are often classified under this exemption based upon their nature of their profession and their significant rate of pay.

Is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Under most circumstances, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is not entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is because a CRNA position is a specialty area of nursing. In addition to being a specialty are, certified registered nurse anesthetists are often considered “exempt” employees. Under the FLSA, “exempt” employees are not entitled to overtime pay wages for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

However, there may be some circumstances where a CRNA may be entitled to overtime pay. Some states do have their own overtime pay laws that differ slightly from the FLSA overtime pay laws. For this reason, it is important that if you are a certified registered nurse anesthetist working in excess of 40 hours per week and not getting paid you should contact an experience overtime pay attorney to look into your case and determine whether or not you are entitled to receive overtime pay.

Does a Hospital Have to Pay Overtime Wages to a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist?

No, a hospital does not have to pay overtime wages to a CRNA unless the state in which you work has a statute that states overtime wages are required.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employees that are in within “professional exemption” to receive overtime pay. CRNAs are considered to be within that exemption as their position involves a specialty area of nursing. State law however may differ slightly on overtime pay laws, and therefore there are some circumstances in which a CRNA may be entitled to overtime pay.

What are the Laws for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Overtime Pay?

There are two types of laws for CRNA overtime pay – the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and laws of the state in which you work. Under the FLSA, CRNAs may not be entitled to overtime pay wages because it involves a specialty area of nursing that comes within the “professional exemption.” Employees in this category are not entitled to overtime pay.

State laws differ by state, and sometimes have their own overtime pay laws that may be slightly different from the FLSA with respect to overtime pay for CRNAs. An experienced overtime pay attorney can determine whether you are entitled to overtime wages based upon your job description, job duties, rate of pay, and number of hours worked.

Is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist an Exempt Professional under the FLSA Overtime Laws?

Yes, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is an exempt professional under the FLSA overtime laws. Many types of jobs are considered exempt under the FLSA. This means that employees working in those positions are not entitled to overtime pay wages for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. One class of “exempt employees” is the “professional” exempt which applies to CRNAs.

Some states have their own overtime pay laws that may be slightly different from the FLSA with respect to overtime pay for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. An experienced overtime pay attorney can determine whether you are entitled to overtime wages based upon your job description, job duties, rate of pay, and number of hours worked. There are strict time deadlines for filing lawsuits so it is essential that you contact an attorney immediately.

To determine whether you are eligible for filing a wage claim, contact our experienced CRNA Overtime Pay Lawyers at (855) 754-2795 for a Free Consultation to discuss your case or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review Form on this page.  We will discuss your situation and determine if you have a claim. If you are owed unpaid wages, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are never any legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement.

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