Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salary

Advance Practice Registered Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $88K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Advance Practice Registered Nurses are female. For the most part, Advance Practice Registered Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$64,158 - $110,800
(Median)
$64K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,537
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$27.32 - $60.11
(Median)
$27
$42
$60
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,158 - $110,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,879  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$61,501 - $118,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$27.32 - $60.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.17  
Overtime
$0.00 - $77.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,879  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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).
)
$61,501 - $118,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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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Advance Practice Registered Nurses may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners on average make about as much as Advance Practice Registered Nurses do. Advance Practice Registered Nurses most often move into Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner roles. However, the former pays $12K less on average, and the latter pays $8K less.

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Popular Skills for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)


Advance Practice Registered Nurses report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Psychiatry, Psychiatric, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Palliative Care. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Clinical Education and Cardiology. It is often found that people who know Critical Care are also skilled in Cardiology and 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $86K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $92K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Advance Practice Registered Nurses make a median salary of $93K. Advance Practice Registered Nurses who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $91K.

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Experience Affects Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salaries




National Average
$88,000


Skills That Affect Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salaries

Psychiatry
up arrow 21%


Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 13%


Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Oncology
up arrow 4%

Pain Management
up arrow 4%

Critical Care
up arrow 1%

National Average
$88,000

Clinical Education
up arrow 1%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Palliative Care
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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