Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Salary

An average Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $92K per year. Cash earnings for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $78K to approximately $118K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners is high. Most Acute Care Nurse Practitioners survey respondents are women (77 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$77,923 - $110,031
(Median)
$78K
$92K
$110K
MEDIAN: $91,737
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$38.69 - $65.89
(Median)
$39
$49
$66
MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,923 - $110,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,078  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,132  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$78,498 - $117,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 684
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$38.69 - $65.89  
   
Overtime
$24.47 - $86.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,132  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$78,498 - $117,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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Job Description for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)

Acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) are responsible for promoting the health of patients and providing acute care. They are in charge of administering acute care medicine, performing treatments, and assessing patient needs, vital signs, and other symptoms that could indicate changes in the patient's condition. ACNPs document the patient's care plan using identified diagnoses, following doctor's orders and administrative recommendations to reach expected patient outcomes. They interact with patients and families and explain treatments in a thoughtful manner, and they report their progress to the acute care nurse manager in their organization.

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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Tasks

  • Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Administer therapeutic procedures.
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.

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Popular Skills for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)


Acute Care Nurse Practitioners seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Surgery, Cardiology, and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Emergency Medicine. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Cardiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $91K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $97K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $101K on average. Acute Care Nurse Practitioners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,432

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Acute Care Nurse Practitioners will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent) and Dallas (+5 percent). Dayton is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati (7 percent lower) and Columbus (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Salaries




National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Salaries

Palliative Care
up arrow 8%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
0%

Critical Care
0%

Emergency/Trauma
0%

Neuroscience
0%

National Average
$93,000

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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