Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Salary (United States)

For Psychiatric ARNPs, annual wages usually total $90,673 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $67,536 to $123,112 per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—around one in five—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Psychiatric ARNPs. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Salary (?
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$67,750 - $112,693
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MEDIAN: $87,634
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Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Salary (?
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$28.93 - $74.27
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MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,750 - $112,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $19,392  
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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$67,536 - $123,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 635
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$28.93 - $74.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $92.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $19,392  
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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$67,536 - $123,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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Job Description for Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

A psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) is a registered nurse who holds a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in psychiatric nursing. To become a psychiatric nurse practitioner requires a minimum of 6 years of education, part of which includes hands-on didactic training. A national certification exam administered by the American Nurse Credentialing Center must be passed, and state licensing must be obtained before a psychiatric nurse practitioner may legally practice. Psychiatric ARNPs generally work under a supervising psychiatric physician; however, some states allow ARNPs to work independently. The work of a psychiatric nurse practitioner generally includes performing a mental health assessment, diagnosing mental health disorders, prescribing psychiatric medications as indicated, facilitating talk and group therapy, and following and managing patients over their life span. Psychiatric nurse practitioners may work with a variety of patient populations, including pediatric, adult and elderly clients. Practice settings can include inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, hospital-based psychiatric units, state-run mental health hospitals, jails and prisons, as well as private practice psychiatric offices. Working conditions can include contact with mentally unstable persons and persons with violent tendencies. Working hours are generally weekdays, but may include nights, weekends and holidays as needed. Psychiatric nurse practitioners must be aware of the state and national laws regarding privacy and reporting, as well as the holding of suicidal and dangerous persons. They may also work with social services and other caregivers to promote patient care. A calm, understanding demeanor and genuine desire to help others is a must. With the increased awareness of mental health, the role of the psychiatric nurse practitioner has increased.
Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Tasks
  • Prescribe medication.
  • Provide staff and family consultation around medication and other clinical concerns.
  • Perform group/individual therapy, assessments and evaluations.
  • Facilitate communication between psychiatric services, programs and care givers.
  • Handle ongoing medical management of patients.

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Popular Skills for Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Psychiatry is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management and Acute Care. It is often found that people who know Family Practice are also skilled in Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though starting salaries approximate $88K, they climb to $100K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $100K. Psychiatric ARNPs' pay declines to $100K, on average, after racking up two decades of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Portland
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Dallas
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Chicago
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National Average
$91,000
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Boston
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Lincoln
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Orlando
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With a pay rate for Psychiatric ARNPs that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Louisville offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and Dallas are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Psychiatric ARNPs earning around 16 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent more than average. In Spokane, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Lincoln (-13 percent and -12 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$91,000

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Salaries

Psychiatry
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Geriatrics
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Psychiatric
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National Average
$91,000
Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 22%