Anesthesiology Labor Market Study 2010


Work arrangements

  • 40% of CRNAs and ANs are employed by a single group
  • 40% of CRNAS and ANs are employed by a single facility or hospital
  • ANs spend more time performing general anesthesia
  • CRNAs spend more of their time performing monitored anesthesia care (MAC)
  • CRNAs are more likely to be employed by rural facilities


  • ANs work more hours and make twice as much as CRNAs
  • Both ANs and CRNAs make more money in a rural setting

Regional Differences

  • Western CRNAs are least likely to be employed by a group
  • Western ANs are most likely to be employed by a group
  • Northeastern ANs and CRNAs tend to work in larger facilities


  • Greatest evidence for a shortage is in the Northeast and in urban areas
  • Nationally, the anesthesia market is thought to be equilibrium, while states see mixed statuses
  • 25 states show a shortage of ANs currently
  • 19 states show a shortage of CRNAs currently
  • In absolute numbers, Florida, Alabama and North Carolina exhibit the most shortage of ANs
  • In absolute numbers, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida exhibit the greatest shortage, while Minnesota, North Carolina and California exhibit the most surplus of CRNAs.
  • 2020 national projections exhibit a shortage of ANs and a surplus of CRNAs.  

Rand Health performed this study in 2010 for Ethicon. For copy right reasons I am providing my impression of  the most pertinent findings of the report and not a copy of the reoprt. If you would like a reprint fo the actual report you can request one at

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