Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Nurse Practitioners. The median take-home amount in this area is around $93K, and on average, just below three-fifths of that final number comes from commissions. Total cash compensation to Nurse Practitioners varies from $74K to $121K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K each. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Female Nurse Practitioners far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Nurse Practitioners is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,445 - $113,592
$72K
$91K
$110K
MEDIAN: $90,600
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$36.45 - $63.44
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MEDIAN: $48.45
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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
$72,445 - $113,592  
   
Bonus
$989 - $14,855  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $14,795  
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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$73,505 - $120,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$36.45 - $63.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.31  
Overtime
$19.18 - $86.57  
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 - $14,855  
   
Commission
$52,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $14,795  
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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$73,505 - $120,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 891

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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

  • Conduct complete physicals and counsel patients on health needs and improvements.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of prescribed treatments.
  • Prescribe medications and therapy measures.
  • Diagnose and treat common acute injuries and illnesses.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


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As Nurse Practitioners transition into upper-level roles like Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Acute Care Nurse Practitioners earn the same amount as Nurse Practitioners on average. Many Nurse Practitioners choose to become Family Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $11K less and $16K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Many Nurse Practitioners can be found at United Healthcare Group, Emory Healthcare, Planned Parenthood, Family Practice Group, and OptumHealth, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, OptumHealth, Inc. offers the most; Nurse Practitioners earn $123K on average there.

Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Nurse Practitioners seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Emergency Room, Medicine / Surgery, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Those proficient in Internal Medicine are, more often than not, also skilled in Geriatrics and Acute Care. Those familiar with Family Practice also tend to know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Nurse Practitioners — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $90K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,211

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Nurse Practitioners, 20 percent higher than the national average. Nurse Practitioners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), Washington (+7 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Milwaukee and Detroit earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 2 percent.

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Key Stats for Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries

▲12%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$93,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries

▲6%



▲4%

▲4%



▲2%



▲1%

Pediatrics
▼0%

Gynecology
▼0%

National Average
$93,000


▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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