How much does a Nurse Practitioner make today? This page will show all the information you need about a Nurse Practitioner’s salary – average salaries, highest paid cities, states and industries. For a more detailed breakdown of the figures for any particular state – you can go to the Nurse Salary by State page. Here you can get an in depth look at Your state figures.
The U.S. Average Nurse Practitioner Salary is $91,450
The latest figures show that the average annual salary for a Nurse Practitioner working in the United States is around $91,450 which works out as $43.97 per hour, $1,758 per week and $7,620 per month.
The table below shows how this compares to the national average wage.
|Hourly Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|Nurse Practitioner Average Salary||$43.97||$1,758||$7,620||$91,450|
|U.S. National Average Salary||$22.01||$880||$3,815||$45,790|
Earnings for a Nurse Practitioner can vary quite a bit from state to state and according to experience, service and further education. They are also employed across a variety of “industries” and sectors – influencing the average salaries. The chart below gives you a good idea of the range between the 10th percentile and the 90th percentile. This is just a clever way of saying the difference between the top and bottom earners in this specialty.
Highest Paid States for a Nurse Practitioner
Variation in wages across the states can be explained by supply and demand influences and by costs of living in the state. Typically states with higher costs of living – housing etc. – will have higher average wages across all nursing related careers.
The highest paid states for a Nurse practitioner are Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon – great news if you live there! The lowest paid are District of Columbia ($69,440), West Virginia ($78,590) and Illinois ($80,550).
You can click on the map to view more detailed Nurse Practitioner Salary information for all states – you can select each state for full details of earnings, industry and employment rates.
|State||Hourly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
Highest Paying Cities or Metropolitan Areas
|Metropolitan Area||Hourly Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA||$60.31||$2,413||$10,454||$125,450|
|Deltona-Daytona-Ormond Beach FL||$58.12||$2,325||$10,073||$120,880|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA||$55.98||$2,239||$9,703||$116,430|
Highest Paid Non-Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Practitioner
|Non Metropolitan Area||Hourly Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|Eastern New Mexico||$56.28||$2,251||$9,755||$117,060|
|Railbelt / Southwest Alaska||$51.29||$2,052||$8,890||$106,680|
|North Central Oregon||$48.64||$1,946||$8,431||$101,170|
Number of Nurse Practitioners Employed in the United States
The total number of Nurse Practitioners employed in the U.S. stands at 105,780. This does not include further specialties such as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner etc. The chart below lists the top ten states by employment numbers.
Highest Paying Industries for Nurse Practitioner
|Industry||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|Management Scientific and Technical Consulting||$51.26||$106,620|
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals)||$50.26||$104,550|
|Offices of Mental Health Practitioners||$49.91||$103,810|
|Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities||$48.19||$100,240|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government||$47.24||$98,250|
|Hospitals - Local government owned||$47.20||$98,180|
|Hospitals - Privately owned||$46.13||$95,940|
|Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse||$46.12||$95,930|
|Hospitals (including private state and local government)||$46.09||$95,870|
Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook
Career prospects are extremely good for Nurse Practitioners with expected growth of 31% (all careers growth is estimated at 11%). According to the projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by 2022 there will be an increase in numbers of 47,600. Again this does not take into account the expected growth for specialist types of nurse practitioners – so the outlook is indeed very promising.