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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Pay for Nurse Practitioners in the United States sits in the ballpark of $83K annually. Overall cash earnings for Nurse Practitioners vary widely between $65K and $110K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Most Nurse Practitioners like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Nurse Practitioners (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,707 - $103,074
(Median)
$64K
$83K
$100K
MEDIAN: $82,940
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$32.15 - $57.13
(Median)
$32
$43
$57
MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,707 - $103,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,884  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,391  
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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$65,460 - $109,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,650
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$32.15 - $57.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.49  
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 - $9,884  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,391  
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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$65,460 - $109,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 573
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Job Description for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

An advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) is a registered nurse who holds a master's degree in nursing. To become a nurse practitioner requires a minimum of 6 years of education, part of which includes hands-on didactic training. A national certification exam in the ARNP's specialty area must be passed, and state licensing must be obtained before a nurse practitioner may legally practice. Specialty areas available to the ARNP include but are not limited to: acute care, psychiatry, pediatric and women's health nursing. ARNPs generally work under a supervising physician; however, some states allow ARNPs to work independently. The work of a nurse practitioner generally includes performing a health assessment, diagnosing health disorders, prescribing medications as indicated, and following and managing patients over a life span. ARNPs complete physical exams and may order and interpret laboratory, radiologic and other diagnostic tests as needed to diagnose and treat a patient in conjunction with the physician. ARNPs may also order medications and other therapeutic procedures as needed. ARNPs serve to educate patients and promote health. Some nurse practitioners also serve as first assistants to the supervising physician during surgical and medical procedures. Nurse practitioners may work with a variety of patient populations, including pediatric, adult and elderly clients. Practice settings can include inpatient and outpatient health clinics, hospitals, jails and prisons, and private practice offices. Working conditions can include contact with contagious diseases and bodily fluids. Working hours are generally weekdays, but may include nights, weekends and holidays, as needed. With the increased access to medical care, the role of the nurse practitioner as a provider has increased.


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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Lower-level Nurse Practitioners may earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Adult Nurse Practitioner. A lot of Nurse Practitioners advance their careers by becoming Family Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners. However, those positions offer $7K less and $10K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, pain management, Internal Medicine, and Oncology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology. Those proficient in Family Practice are, more often than not, also skilled in Geriatrics. It is often found that people who know Acute Care are also skilled 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $82K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $91K. Nurse Practitioners bring in $94K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Nurse Practitioners in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Nurse Practitioners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). In Nashville, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (7 percent lower) and Indianapolis (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries




National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries



Internal Medicine
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Oncology
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Operating Room / OR
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Acute Care
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Case Management
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Cardiology
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Geriatrics
0%

Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$86,000

Family Practice
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Gynecology
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 416 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%