Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salary (United States)

Salaries for APRNs in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $85,279 per year. Compensation ranges from $58,063 on the low end to $117,023 per year on the high end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 22 percent claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for APRNs is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salary (?
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$59,405 - $106,000
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MEDIAN: $83,524
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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salary (?
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$24.86 - $61.13
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,405 - $106,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,576  
Profit Sharing
$366.25 - $16,705  
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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$58,063 - $117,023  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$24.86 - $61.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $77.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,576  
   
Profit Sharing
$366.25 - $16,705  
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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$58,063 - $117,023  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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Job Description for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Advanced practice registered nurses are highly trained individuals with a higher degree of responsibility and specialization than others in the field. There are four types of advanced practice registered nurses: nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners. These specialties involve an expanded level of independence and responsibility for patient care compared to less trained nurses; they may be wholly responsible for patient care in their field, with only minimal consultation with or supervision by doctors. They identify patient needs, perform exams, order tests, and, in some cases, write prescriptions. For example, a nurse midwife may be responsible for all prenatal care and the in-home birthing process. A clinical nurse specialist may be responsible for the day-to-day operations of a psychiatric ward, with only some patient-specific doctor instructions to follow.
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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) 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.

Common Career Paths for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

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For APRNs, career advancement has little to no impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Psychiatric ARNP will bring in a similar amount to someone not as far along in their career. APRNs most often move into positions as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)s or Family Nurse Practitioners, where they typically take pay cuts of $9,741 or $6,895 per year.

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Popular Skills for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Survey results imply that APRNs put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Psychiatry, Psychiatric, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 17 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice, Palliative Care, and Oncology. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Clinical Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Beginning workers can expect to earn $83K starting out, which grows to $89K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $90K. After two decades on the job, APRNs' pay actually begins to decline, averaging $88K. The largest number of APRNs have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$85,000
Louisville
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Cleveland
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For those looking to make money, APRNs in Hartford enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. APRNs will also find cushy salaries in New Haven (+5 percent) and Chicago (+2 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Cleveland and Louisville earn less than others in this profession; their -12 percent and -6 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salaries

National Average
$85,000

Skills That Affect Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salaries

Psychiatry
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Psychiatric
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Family Practice/Pediatrics
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Acute Care
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Critical Care
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Clinical Education
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National Average
$85,000
Cardiology
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Oncology
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Palliative Care
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 22%
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