Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Nurse Practitioners in the United States take home an average $85K annually. In the world of Nurse Practitioners, overall income ranges from $68K near the bottom to $112K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $17K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Nurse Practitioners is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. The vast majority (89 percent) of Nurse Practitioners who took the survey are female. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$66,355 - $105,248
(Median)
$66K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,084
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$34.31 - $58.81
(Median)
$34
$45
$59
MEDIAN: $44.00
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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
$66,355 - $105,248  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$68,089 - $112,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,494
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.31 - $58.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.09  
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 - $9,933  
   
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).
)
$68,089 - $112,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479
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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 move into Family Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner roles. However, the former pays $8K less on average, and the latter pays $11K less.

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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, pain management, Intensive Care Unit, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Family Practice. People who know Family Practice usually also know Internal Medicine. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $84K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $93K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Nurse Practitioners report making only $96K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Nurse Practitioners that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Nurse Practitioners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Milwaukee (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries




National Average
$88,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries


Acute Care
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pain management
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

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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Case Management
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Geriatrics
0%

National Average
$88,000

Gynecology
up arrow 2%

Family Practice
up arrow 4%

Obstetrics
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 277 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
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%
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