Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary (United States)

A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) earns an average salary of $88,441 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary (?
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$67,452 - $113,898
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MEDIAN: $88,441
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary (?
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$34.00 - $74.64
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,452 - $113,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,198  
Profit Sharing
$162.19 - $9,863  
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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$68,392 - $123,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 640
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.00 - $74.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,198  
   
Profit Sharing
$162.19 - $9,863  
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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$68,392 - $123,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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Job Description for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP)

A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) with a master’s degree in nursing and 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 obtained before a psychiatric nurse practitioner may legally practice. Psychiatric nurse practitioners 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, diagnosis of mental health disorders, and prescribing psychiatric medications as indicated, talk and group therapy, and following and managing patients over a lifespan. 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, and 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 and holding of suicidal and dangerous persons. 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 Nurse Practitioner (NP) Tasks
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
  • Administer therapeutic procedures.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
  • Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.

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Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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Pay Difference By Location

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$91,000
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Experience Affects Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$91,000

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries

Acute Care
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Psychiatry
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Psychiatric
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National Average
$91,000
Pediatrics
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Family Practice
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Geriatrics
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%