Nurse Practitioner Salary

Nurse Practitioners often perform referral management and family practice roles.  The average salary is around $85,000 per year according to the US BLS.

Nurse Practitioners often perform referral management and family practice roles.  The average salary is around $85,000 per year according to the US BLS.

The average Registered Nurse Practitioner Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Nurse Practitioners work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and rural settings.

The salaries of Nurse Practitioners vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Nurse Practitioners reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also blends the nurse practitioner salary information in with the registered nurse salary data. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Nurse Practitioner Certified (NPC), or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)  other titles used to describe this role.

Hourly

The Nurse Practitioner median salary is $40.39 per hour if separated from the Registered Nurse Salary data. As calculated by the U.S. BLS it is $43.25. The lowest 10% earn $30.82 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $57.93 per hour.

Annually

On an annual basis the median Nurse Practitioner salary is $89,960. The lowest 10% earn less than $64,100 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $120,500 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Median Hourly & Annual Data

Hourly Wage

$30.82

$37.70

$43.25

$51.21

$57.93

Annual Wage 

$64,100

$78,410

$89,960

$106,510

$120,500

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Lowest and Highest Nurse Practitioner Salary

The lowest paid Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners earn less than $60,000 annually while the highest paid earn as much as $125,000 per year. The more specialized nurse practitioners such as a nurse anesthetist may earn over $200,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The best paying states for an ARNP to earn a salary are Alaska $112,090, Hawaii $104,690, Oregon $103,280, Massachusetts $102,340 and New Jersey $101,030.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn an NP salary are San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $125,450, Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR $124,680, Stockton, CA $121,200, Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL $120,880, and Anchorage, AK $116,780.

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Other Industries that Employ Nurse Practitioners

There are a number of employment opportunities for the nurse practitioner. They primarily work in family or general medicine. Other employment opportunities exist in universities, private practice, state and federal government as well as the military.

Employment Data

It is estimated that there are over 150,000 Registered Nurse Practitioners in the U.S. The majority of them work in clinics, doctor offices and Urgent care centers.

Where They Work

There are a number of employment opportunities for the nurse practitioner. They primarily work in family or general medicine. There are openings for acute care, critical care, pediatrics, psychiatry, and geriatrics. Rural hospitals and clinics often offer extra incentives for the nurse practitioner willing to locate to the rural setting.


Private Practice vs. Employment

There is a growing trend for many healthcare professionals to enter into an employment arrangement with a hospital or other healthcare entity. The advantages are that there are no office overhead, employees to hire and the hospital provides malpractice insurance. There still remains a significant benefit to setting up a private practice. One unique setting with higher than average earnings and benefits for the nurse practitioner is in the military.

Benefits

Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.



International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)

An advanced practice nurse or ANP can earn between £35-£45 per hour working locum positions.  The average median wage is £27,914 per annum for those working a regular benefited position.  The average hourly pay is between £14 and £40 GBP.  

Canada

The average annual salary for an NP is approximately $80,000 CAD.   The lowest pay is approximately $48,000 with the highest being over $101,000 CAD per year.                         

The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries. Specialization will influence wages but the majority are generalists who collaborate with other specialists to deliver holistic care.

Australia

The median annual salary for the NP in Australia is approximately $82,000 AUD.   The lowest NP earns about $50,000 AUD while the highest earns about $115,000 per annum.

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