Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Nurse Practitioners in the United States pull down an average of $85K per year. Total incomes of Nurse Practitioners incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $17K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $68K and $112K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Nurse Practitioners like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Nurse Practitioners (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$65,881 - $104,907
(Median)
$66K
$85K
$100K
MEDIAN: $84,731
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$33.79 - $58.35
(Median)
$34
$44
$58
MEDIAN: $44.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,881 - $104,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,949  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $16,768  
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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$67,618 - $112,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$33.79 - $58.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,949  
   
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $16,768  
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).
)
$67,618 - $112,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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Job Description for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who perform many of the same functions as licensed physicians and generally pursue ongoing education into the post-graduate level of medical study. These practitioners are able to treat and diagnose diseases and conditions and prescribe medicines, and for some insurance companies they serve as primary care providers (PCPs) for patients.

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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Tasks

  • Prescribe medications and therapy measures.
  • Diagnose and treat common acute injuries and illnesses.
  • Conduct complete physicals and counsel patients on health needs and improvements.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of prescribed treatments.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


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Nurse Practitioners may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Adult Nurse Practitioner. Adult Nurse Practitioners on average make about as much as Nurse Practitioners do. Nurse Practitioners most often advance into Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner positions even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, pain management, Intensive Care Unit, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pediatrics and Family Practice. Those educated in Acute Care tend to be well versed in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Those who learned Family Practice also tend to know Internal Medicine.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $83K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $92K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nurse Practitioners make a median salary of $97K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Nurse Practitioners, 24 percent higher than the national average. Nurse Practitioners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Nashville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Milwaukee (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries




National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Oncology
up arrow 3%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
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Operating Room / OR
up arrow 2%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Cardiology
up arrow 1%

Case Management
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National Average
$87,000

Gynecology
up arrow 2%

Obstetrics
up arrow 3%

Family Practice
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%
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