The average pay for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) is $86,363 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Total Pay (?
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$64,628 - $108,898
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MEDIAN: $86,362
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Total Pay (?
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$34.11 - $73.35
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,628 - $108,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,655  
Profit Sharing
$0.70 - $7,213  
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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$66,234 - $122,194  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 833
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$34.11 - $73.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $78.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,655  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.70 - $7,213  
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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$66,234 - $122,194  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 833
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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 Difference By Location
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National Average
$89,000
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Experience Affects Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$89,000

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salaries

Psychiatry
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Acute Care
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Psychiatric
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National Average
$89,000
Family Practice
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Geriatrics
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Pediatrics
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Case Management
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Gender
Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%
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