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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Nurse Practitioners in the United States take home an average $84K annually. Final cash compensation to Nurse Practitioners varies from around $67K to approximately $111K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $12K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. There are far more female Nurse Practitioners who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Roughly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nurse Practitioners. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$64,987 - $104,044
(Median)
$65K
$84K
$100K
MEDIAN: $83,923
10%
50%
90%

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$33.71 - $58.24
(Median)
$34
$44
$58
MEDIAN: $44.00
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90%

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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
$64,987 - $104,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,914  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,365  
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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$66,831 - $111,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$33.71 - $58.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.66  
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 - $9,914  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,365  
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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$66,831 - $111,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 513

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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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Nurse Practitioners sometimes move into a Adult Nurse Practitioner role, where the salary is similar. Many Nurse Practitioners go on to become Family Nurse Practitioners or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $7K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Practitioner (NP)


Nurse Practitioners report using a deep pool 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 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Family Practice. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Most people familiar with Family Practice also know Internal Medicine.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $83K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $92K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. Nurse Practitioners who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Nurse Practitioners, 19 percent above the national average. Nurse Practitioners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (8 percent lower) and Milwaukee (6 percent lower).

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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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Internal Medicine
up arrow 3%

Oncology
up arrow 3%

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
0%

National Average
$87,000

Gynecology
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Family Practice
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 341 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%