Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Nurse Practitioners in the United States take home approximately $86K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $17K, respectively — total cash payment to Nurse Practitioners can bottom out near $68K or peak near $113K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction for Nurse Practitioners is high. The vast majority of Nurse Practitioners (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$66,520 - $105,865

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$34.24 - $58.76

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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
$66,520 - $105,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,941  
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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$68,168 - $112,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,508
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.24 - $58.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.93  
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 - $9,941  
   
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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$68,168 - $112,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475
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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.

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Nurse Practitioners' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Adult Nurse Practitioner. On average, Adult Nurse Practitioners get paid about the same as Nurse Practitioners do. Many Nurse Practitioners go on to become Family Nurse Practitioners or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $8K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Survey takers working as Nurse Practitioners report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, pain management, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Family Practice. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Skill sets containing Family Practice also tend to include Internal Medicine.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $84K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $93K. Nurse Practitioners bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. Nurse Practitioners who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Nurse Practitioners, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Nurse Practitioners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (10 percent lower) and Milwaukee (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries




National Average
$88,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries



pain management
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Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Oncology
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Internal Medicine
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Medicine / Surgery
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Operating Room / OR
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Cardiology
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Geriatrics
0%

Case Management
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National Average
$88,000

Gynecology
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Family Practice
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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