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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Nurse Practitioners in the United States can expect wages of $84K annually on average. Cash earnings for Nurse Practitioners — including $10K in bonuses and $17K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $67K to $112K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Nurse Practitioners like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Nurse Practitioners far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$65,398 - $104,306
(Median)
$65K
$84K
$100K
MEDIAN: $84,174
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$33.73 - $58.27
(Median)
$34
$44
$58
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
$65,398 - $104,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,942  
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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$67,196 - $111,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,520
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$33.73 - $58.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.84  
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 - $9,942  
   
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).
)
$67,196 - $111,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 493

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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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As Nurse Practitioners transition into upper-level roles like Adult Nurse Practitioners, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Adult Nurse Practitioners earn the same amount as Nurse Practitioners on average. Many Nurse Practitioners advance into roles as Family Nurse Practitioners or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, but the median salaries are $7K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Nurse Practitioners report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, pain management, Oncology, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Family Practice. Skill sets containing Family Practice also tend to include 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $83K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $92K. Nurse Practitioners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $95K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Nurse Practitioners, 18 percent above the national average. Nurse Practitioners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+12 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Milwaukee (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries




National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries



Acute Care
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Oncology
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Internal Medicine
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Operating Room / OR
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Medicine / Surgery
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Cardiology
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Case Management
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Geriatrics
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National Average
$87,000

Gynecology
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Family Practice
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Obstetrics
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 322 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: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%
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