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

APRNs in the United States usually make around $85,279 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $58,063 to $117,023 per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most APRNs. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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 advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Lower-level APRNs may earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Psychiatric ARNP. 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)

APRNs generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice, Palliative Care, and Oncology. Those educated in Acute Care tend to be well-versed 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. Pay amounts to $90K after 10 to 20 years. APRNs' salaries shift downward after two decades on the job, 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
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For APRNs, Hartford provides a pay rate that is 12 percent greater than the national average. APRNs will also find cushy salaries in New Haven (+5 percent) and Chicago (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (-12 percent) and Louisville (-6 percent).

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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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