In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $93K, just under three-fifths of overall earnings for Nurse Practitioners arrives through commissions. Overall incomes of Nurse Practitioners generally bottom out at around $73K and peak near $120K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $15K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. One-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Nurse Practitioners claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$71,728 - $113,050
(Median)
$72K
$90K
$110K
MEDIAN: $90,167
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90%

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$36.12 - $62.69
(Median)
$36
$48
$63
MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,728 - $113,050  
   
Bonus
$989 - $14,795  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $14,544  
Commission
$52,500  
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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$72,802 - $119,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$36.12 - $62.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.31  
Overtime
$13.27 - $86.32  
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
$989 - $14,795  
   
Commission
$52,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $14,544  
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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$72,802 - $119,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 811
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Nurse Practitioners most frequently become Family Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners even though median compensation is $11K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


United Healthcare Group, Emory Healthcare, Planned Parenthood, OptumHealth, Inc., and UnitedHealth Group are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Nurse Practitioners. Those at OptumHealth, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $123K.

Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Survey results imply that Nurse Practitioners deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Emergency Room, Oncology, and pain management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. People who know Internal Medicine usually also know Geriatrics and Acute Care. For most people, competency in Family Practice indicates knowledge of Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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


For many Nurse Practitioners, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $90K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $96K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $100K. Nurse Practitioners who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,626

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Nurse Practitioners that is 24 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Nurse Practitioners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Atlanta (+5 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). In Milwaukee, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries




National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries



Oncology
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pain management
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Medicine / Surgery
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Psychiatric
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Internal Medicine
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Geriatrics
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Cardiology
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Palliative Care
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Obstetrics
0%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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National Average
$93,000

Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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