Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

The median salary for Nurse Practitioners in the United States is approximately $88K per year, but employers pay the most in San Francisco, offering around $109K on average. Nurse Practitioners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$68,245 - $108,775
(Median)
$68K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,507
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$34.95 - $60.87
(Median)
$35
$46
$61
MEDIAN: $45.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,245 - $108,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,051  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $16,638  
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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$69,584 - $116,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,875
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$34.95 - $60.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $79.13  
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 - $10,051  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $16,638  
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).
)
$69,584 - $116,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 594
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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 sometimes move into a Adult Nurse Practitioner role, where the salary is similar. Nurse Practitioners most often move into positions as Family Nurse Practitioners or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners. Family Nurse Practitioners actually earn $9K less on average, however, and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners earn $13K less per year than Nurse Practitioners do.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Nurse Practitioners seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, Acute Care, Intensive Care Unit, and Palliative Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Obstetrics. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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


For Nurse Practitioners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $86K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $94K. On average, Nurse Practitioners make $99K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $102K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,890

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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries




National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

Palliative Care
up arrow 4%

pain management
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
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Oncology
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Operating Room / OR
up arrow 2%

Internal Medicine
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Pediatrics
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Geriatrics
0%

Cardiology
0%

National Average
$90,000

Family Practice
up arrow 1%

Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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