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Nurse Practitioner Salary

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.

We also have a main Nurse Practitioner Guide – lots of information for anyone considering becoming a NP and now a detailed guide for Nurse Practitioner Training programs.

Nurse Practitioners come in several different types! – they are APRN’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who have taken advanced degrees – usually a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). You will hear them called by slightly different names – ARNP – and they often specialize further – for example a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. All their salary information is here!

The U.S. Average Nurse Practitioner Salary is $107,480

The latest figures show that the average annual salary for a Nurse Practitioner working in the United States is around $107,480 which works out as $51.68 per hour, $2,067 per week and $8,957 per month. NP wage scales are reflective of their advanced training and are amongst the highest paid nurses in the US.

The table below shows how this compares to the national average wage.

Hourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual Salary
Nurse Practitioner Average Salary$51.68$2,067$8,957$107,480
U.S. National Average Salary$24.34$973$4,218$50,620

Salary Range

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. Also take into consideration the starting salary for a Nurse Practitioner – using the lower payscales below give a good guideline to follow.

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

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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 California $126,770, Alaska $125,140 and Hawaii $122,580 – great news if you live there!

The lowest paid are Tennessee $93,970, Alabama $94,880 and West Virginia $95,000.

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.

StateEmployment NumbersHourly WageAnnual Salary
California 13,570 $60.95$126,770
Alaska440$60.16$125,140
Hawaii410$58.93$122,580
Massachusetts 6,280 $57.76$120,140
Connecticut 2,220 $56.97$118,500
New Jersey 4,840 $56.55$117,630
New York 13,450 $56.35$117,210
Minnesota 3,900 $55.84$116,150
Washington 3,110 $55.41$115,250
Wyoming230$54.48$113,310

Highest Paying Cities or Metropolitan Areas

San Fransisco tops the tables again for NP salaries – Spokane WA comes out second this year. As always California metropolitan areas / cities are great for Nurse Practitioners to earn the most.

Metropolitan AreaEmployment NumbersHourly WageAnnual Salary
San Francisco-Redwood City-S San Francisco CA 1,020 $72.91$151,660
Spokane-Spokane Valley WA360$72.14$150,040
Alexandria LA90$69.24$144,010
Peabody-Salem-Beverly MA220$68.62$142,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA680$68.24$141,930
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT490$67.57$140,540
Panama City FL60$67.20$139,780
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA 2,450 $66.53$138,380
Vallejo-Fairfield CA170$66.43$138,180
Madera CA80$64.94$135,070

Highest Paid Non-Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Practitioner

Non Metropolitan AreaEmployment NumbersHourly WageAnnual Salary
Big Thicket Region Texas nonmetro area80$69.07$143,670
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area130$66.02$137,330
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area120$63.44$131,950
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area30$63.04$131,110
N and W Central New Mexico nonmetro area70$62.03$129,020
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetro area30$62.02$129,000
SW New York nonmetropolitan area240$59.90$124,590
SW Minnesota nonmetropolitan area100$58.98$122,670
S Nevada nonmetropolitan area40$58.23$121,120
Far West N Dakota nonmetropolitan area30$57.67$119,950

Number of Nurse Practitioners Employed in the United States

The total number of Nurse Practitioners employed in the U.S. stands at 166,280. 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 a Nurse Practitioner

APRN’s or Nurse practitioners are employed across a range of industries – not just in hospitals, but in a growing number of community and outpatient care environments. As healthcare needs change NP’s are providing much more of a bridge between doctors and nursing staff as well as working independently.

IndustryHourly WageAnnual Wage
Home Health Care Services$55.60$115,650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State owned$55.59$115,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned$54.50$113,370
Hospitals - Local government owned$54.48$113,320
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers$54.41$113,180
Hospitals - State government owned$54.22$112,790
Outpatient Care Centers$53.70$111,690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned$53.56$111,400
Hospitals - Privately owned$53.53$111,340
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals$53.41$111,100

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.

Don’t forget to check out our pages for Registered Nurse salary, LVN or LPN salary  and general nursing careers salary information.