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Nurse Practitioner Salary + Requirements By State

These days, nurses enjoy an abundance of opportunities and tremendous variety in terms of where they work and what they do, from choosing the kind of medical facility they want to work in to deciding what specialty they want to pursue. There are even more options for nurses who decide to further their education and enter advanced practice as nurse practitioners (NPs).

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) that hold advanced degrees, either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This means they have considerably more job responsibilities than a registered nurse, so it makes sense that their salaries and job requirements would differ. According to AANP, 95.1% of nurse practitioners have a graduate degree and 86.5% maintain their national certification on an ongoing basis.

If you want to be an NP it’s important to know what steps to take to get there. Though this will vary somewhat based on your location since some individual states specify certain unique requirements, the universally recognized path involves earning a post-bachelor’s degree, national certification, and state licensure as an advanced practice RN.

Now you’re likely wondering, ‘what kind of salary can I expect to earn in my state?’ The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides everything from employment trends to salary data for each state. If you’re looking to isolate the salary potential for NPs certified in a particular patient population focus or specialty, you’ll find it helpful to look at the current job listings for the career path you intend to take. Sites like USAjobs.gov are usually a good starting point.

Here you’ll find an illustration that shows where the highest number of NPs are concentrated in the US, along with salary information and employment distribution by industry as provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For comparison, we also show state salary data sourced from Indeed.com.


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States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State

Employment

Employment per thousand jobs

Location quotient

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

New York 10,310 1.17 1.30 $50.24 $104,510
California 9,980 0.66 0.73 $55.51 $115,460
Texas 7,260 0.65 0.72 $49.07 $102,070
Florida 6,990 0.91 1.01 $44.49 $92,530
Massachusetts 5,080 1.53 1.69 $51.55 $107,230

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Top paying States for this occupation:

State

Employment

Employment per thousand jobs

Location quotient

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

Hawaii 280 0.46 0.51 $55.71 $115,870
Alaska 370 1.15 1.27 $55.61 $115,670
California 9,980 0.66 0.73 $55.51 $115,460
Oregon 1,360 0.81 0.89 $53.44 $111,160
Massachusetts 5,080 1.53 1.69 $51.55 $107,230

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are available below. 

Industry Employment Annual mean wage Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Health Care and Social Assistance 111880 $98,380.00 45.95 $95,580.00
Ambulatory Health Care Services 73250 $96,860.00 45.13 $93,860.00
Offices of Physicians 57100 $96,570.00 44.95 $93,490.00
Hospitals (including private state and local government hospitals) 35210 $102,890.00 48.28 $100,430.00
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 32310 $102,330.00 48.04 $99,920.00
Hospitals – Privately owned 29350 $103,400.00 48.69 $101,280.00
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – Privately owned 27000 $102,660.00 48.37 $100,600.00
Federal State and Local Government including government owned schools and hospitals 10620 $94,700.00 44.44 $92,440.00
Outpatient Care Centers 9390 $99,760.00 46.52 $96,770.00
Local Government including schools and hospitals 6050 $98,130.00 45.92 $95,510.00
State Government including schools and hospitals 4560 $90,180.00 42.59 $88,590.00
Hospitals – Local government owned 4070 $102,740.00 47.01 $97,780.00
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – Local government owned 4030 $102,780.00 47.07 $97,900.00
Home Health Care Services 3090 $94,610.00 44.3 $92,140.00
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2980 $94,690.00 45 $93,590.00
Federal State and Local Government 2780 $87,390.00 41.24 $85,790.00
Federal State and Local Government 2780 $87,390.00 41.24 $85,790.00
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 2510 $79,400.00 39.58 $82,330.00
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners 2280 $91,810.00 44.91 $93,420.00
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2070 $114,410.00 53.78 $111,870.00
Specialty hospitals – Privately owned 1920 $114,960.00 54.04 $112,400.00
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers 1910 $101,360.00 46.95 $97,670.00
Local Government excluding schools and hospitals 1800 $89,460.00 43.42 $90,320.00
Hospitals – State government owned 1780 $94,880.00 44.79 $93,160.00
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1270 $76,870.00 37.53 $78,060.00
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – State government owned 1270 $94,000.00 44.58 $92,720.00
State Government excluding schools and hospitals 980 $83,550.00 38.36 $79,790.00

The following is a list of requirements for Nurse Practitioners by state. Salary data for this set was sourced from Indeed.com.

Alabama

  • Average NP salary*: $96,000
  • Comparison with national average: 1% higher
  • NP requirements**: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Alaska

  • Average NP salary: $70,000
  • Comparison with national average: 26% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree that included 500 hours of supervised clinical practice, national certification, a consultation and referral plan that describes the NP’s clinical practice and expected client population and use of referrals

Arizona

  • Average NP salary: $78,000
  • Comparison with national average: 18% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Arkansas

  • Average NP salary: $97,000
  • Comparison with national average: 2% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

California

  • Average NP salary: $102,000
  • Comparison with national average: 7% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree or national certification

Colorado

  • Average NP salary: $84,000
  • Comparison with national average: 11% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Connecticut

  • Average NP salary: $109,000
  • Comparison with national average: 15% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Delaware

  • Average NP salary: $83,000
  • Comparison with national average: 12% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Florida

  • Average NP salary: $88,000
  • Comparison with national average: 7% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Georgia

  • Average NP salary: $108,000
  • Comparison with national average: 14% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Hawaii

  • Average NP salary: $59,000
  • Comparison with national average: 38% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Idaho

  • Average NP salary: $62,000
  • Comparison with national average: 34% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Illinois

  • Average NP salary: $108,000
  • Comparison with national average: 13% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Indiana

  • Average NP salary: $91,000
  • Comparison with national average: 4% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license and graduate degree or an RN license, NP certificate program completion and national certification

Iowa

  • Average NP salary: $93,000
  • Comparison with national average: 2% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Kansas

  • Average NP salary: $87,000
  • Comparison with national average: 9% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Kentucky

  • Average NP salary: $82,000
  • Comparison with national average: 14% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Louisiana

  • Average NP salary: $85,000
  • Comparison with national average: 11% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Maine

  • Average NP salary: $84,000
  • Comparison with national average: 12% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Maryland

  • Average NP salary: $98,000
  • Comparison with national average: 3% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Massachusetts

  • Average NP salary: $114,000
  • Comparison with national average: 20% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Michigan

  • Average NP salary: $96,000
  • Comparison with national average: 1% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

Minnesota

  • Average NP salary: $83,000
  • Comparison with national average: 13% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

Mississippi

  • Average NP salary: $99,000
  • Comparison with national average: 5% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Missouri

  • Average NP salary: $93,000
  • Comparison with national average: 2% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Montana

  • Average NP salary: $79,000
  • Comparison with national average: 17% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Nebraska

  • Average NP salary: $69,000
  • Comparison with national average: 27% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Nevada

  • Average NP salary: $72,000
  • Comparison with national average: 24% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

New Hampshire

  • Average NP salary: $94,000
  • Comparison with national average: 1% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

New Jersey

  • Average NP salary: $103,000
  • Comparison with national average: 8% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

New Mexico

  • Average NP salary: $83,000
  • Comparison with national average: 13% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

New York

  • Average NP salary: $115,000
  • Comparison with national average: 21% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license and graduate degree or national certification

North Carolina

  • Average NP salary: $91,000
  • Comparison with national average: 5% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

North Dakota

  • Average NP salary: $84,000
  • Comparison with national average: 11% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Ohio

  • Average NP salary: $91,000
  • Comparison with national average: 4% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Oklahoma

  • Average NP salary: $88,000
  • Comparison with national average: 8% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Oregon

  • Average NP salary: $92,000
  • Comparison with national average: 3% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Pennsylvania

  • Average NP salary: $92,000
  • Comparison with national average: 4% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Rhode Island

  • Average NP salary: $87,000
  • Comparison with national average: 9% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

South Carolina

  • Average NP salary: $94,000
  • Comparison with national average: 1% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

South Dakota

  • Average NP salary: $72,000
  • Comparison with national average: 25% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

Tennessee

  • Average NP salary: $88,000
  • Comparison with national average: 7% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Texas

  • Average NP salary: $92,000
  • Comparison with national average: 3% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Utah

  • Average NP salary: $74,000
  • Comparison with national average: 22% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Vermont

  • Average NP salary: $84,000
  • Comparison with national average: 12% lower
  • NP requirements: Graduate degree, national certification

Virginia

  • Average NP salary: $96,000
  • Comparison with national average: 1% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Washington

  • Average NP salary: $98,000
  • Comparison with national average: 3% higher
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

West Virginia

  • Average NP salary: $90,000
  • Comparison with national average: 6% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Wisconsin

  • Average NP salary: $85,000
  • Comparison with national average: 11% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Wyoming

  • Average NP salary: $78,000
  • Comparison with national average: 17% lower
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Do you think becoming an NP is the way to go? As you can see, salaries can vary widely depending on the state, but it’s important to keep in mind that the numbers above are only averages. In addition, the cost of living will vary based on city and state as well.

If you still need more information about nursing education, check out all the types of degrees nurses can get. AANP is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and offers a wonderful brochure for those just considering NP as a speciality.

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