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.
- 1 The U.S. Average Nurse Practitioner Salary is $107,480
- 2 Highest Paid States for a Nurse Practitioner
- 3 Number of Nurse Practitioners Employed in the United States
- 4 Highest Paying Industries
- 5 Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook
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 Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual 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|
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
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.
|State||Employment Numbers||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia||700||$51.90||$107,950|
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 Area||Employment Numbers||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|San Francisco-Redwood City-S San Francisco CA||1,020||$72.91||$151,660|
|Spokane-Spokane Valley WA||360||$72.14||$150,040|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA||680||$68.24||$141,930|
|Panama City FL||60||$67.20||$139,780|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA||2,450||$66.53||$138,380|
Highest Paid Non-Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Practitioner
|Non Metropolitan Area||Employment Numbers||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|Big Thicket Region Texas nonmetro area||80||$69.07||$143,670|
|Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area||130||$66.02||$137,330|
|Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area||120||$63.44||$131,950|
|Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area||30||$63.04||$131,110|
|N and W Central New Mexico nonmetro area||70||$62.03||$129,020|
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetro area||30||$62.02||$129,000|
|SW New York nonmetropolitan area||240||$59.90||$124,590|
|SW Minnesota nonmetropolitan area||100||$58.98||$122,670|
|S Nevada nonmetropolitan area||40||$58.23||$121,120|
|Far West N Dakota nonmetropolitan area||30||$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
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.
|Industry||Hourly Wage||Annual 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.