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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).

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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.

Nurse Practitioner Salary + Requirements By State

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.


NP Employment 2016

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 13,060 1.41 1.34 $54.55 $113,450
California 12,740 0.80 0.75 $59.78 $124,330
Florida 8,940 1.09 1.02 $45.99 $95,650
Texas 8,890 0.76 0.71 $52.91 $110,060
Ohio 6,650 1.25 1.16 $47.92 $99,680

Annual Mean Wages in 2016

Top paying States for this occupation:

State

Employment

Employment per thousand jobs

Location quotient

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

California 12,740 0.80 0.75 $59.78 $124,330
Alaska 450 1.38 1.29 $58.29 $121,250
Massachusetts 6,190 1.79 1.67 $56.66 $117,860
Hawaii 330 0.52 0.48 $56.34 $117,180
New Jersey 3,840 0.97 0.91 $55.40 $115,230

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

Occupation Employment Annual Mean Wage Hourly Median Wage Annual Median Wage
Cross-industry, Private, Federal, State, and Local Government      150230 $104,610 $48.52 $100,910
Cross-industry, Private Ownership Only      137110 $104,710 $48.60 $101,080
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing            – $86,990 $38.24 $79,540
Health and Personal Care Stores          510 $106,230 $55.13 $114,670
Pharmacies and Drug Stores          500 $106,370 $55.18 $114,770
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities          510 $95,720 $47.18 $98,130
Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers          150 $97,220 $47.83 $99,490
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services          660 $98,420 $46.92 $97,590
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services          660 $98,420 $46.92 $97,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services          40 $132,010 $51.43 $106,970
Scientific Research and Development Services          340 $99,630 $46.94 $97,630
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences          290 $98,200 $46.25 $96,200
Educational Services        4840 $95,890 $45.77 $95,200
Educational Services – State government owned        2230 $96,690 $45.33 $94,290
Educational Services – Local government owned          230 $85,460 $45.80 $95,270
Educational Services – Privately owned        2380 $96,160 $46.25 $96,210
Elementary and Secondary Schools          170 $71,720 $30.69 $63,830
Elementary and Secondary Schools – Local government owned          140 $65,910 $24.34 $50,630
Elementary and Secondary Schools – Privately owned          30 $94,510 $46.79 $97,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools        4640 $96,750 $45.92 $95,510
Colleges, universities, and professional schools – State government owned        2220 $96,710 $45.34 $94,310
Colleges, universities, and professional schools – Local government owned          80 $116,090 $57.25 $119,080
Colleges, universities, and professional schools – Privately owned        2340 $96,140 $46.24 $96,190
Health Care and Social Assistance      137360 $105,160 $48.66 $101,220
Ambulatory Health Care Services        91460 $103,900 $47.82 $99,470
Offices of Physicians        68490 $103,030 $47.45 $98,700
Offices of Dentists            – $116,820 $57.13 $118,840
Offices of Other Health Practitioners        4230 $102,160 $47.72 $99,250
Offices of Chiropractors          190 $104,100 $50.12 $104,260
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)          450 $106,160 $48.31 $100,490
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists          380 $99,410 $47.60 $99,010
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners        3190 $101,940 $47.58 $98,960
Outpatient Care Centers        13660 $107,160 $49.91 $103,820
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers        2040 $105,940 $50.57 $105,180
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories          200 $102,230 $46.50 $96,720
Home Health Care Services        4080 $109,070 $47.74 $99,290
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services          660 $103,140 $48.48 $100,840
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services          650 $102,730 $48.33 $100,520
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)        42030 $109,240 $50.96 $106,000
Hospitals – State government owned        2730 $110,920 $50.33 $104,680
Hospitals – Local government owned        4890 $110,170 $50.24 $104,500
Hospitals – Privately owned        34410 $108,970 $51.11 $106,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals        39040 $109,030 $50.85 $105,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – State government owned        2140 $113,950 $51.68 $107,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – Local government owned        4860 $110,240 $50.27 $104,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – Privately owned        32040 $108,520 $50.89 $105,860
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals          990 $101,450 $47.90 $99,630
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals – State government owned          410 $93,070 $45.10 $93,810
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals – Privately owned          560 $107,900 $50.59 $105,220
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals        2010 $117,120 $55.63 $115,720
Specialty hospitals – State government owned          180 $115,900 $54.77 $113,930
Specialty hospitals – Privately owned        1820 $117,280 $55.73 $115,920
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities        2650 $85,710 $42.06 $87,480
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)        1740 $83,560 $40.15 $83,510
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilitie          460 $101,080 $48.77 $101,450
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities          70 $85,830 $43.00 $89,450
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities          390 $103,920 $49.77 $103,530
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly          360 $73,100 $29.11 $60,550
Other Residential Care Facilities          90 $99,050 $48.02 $99,870
Social Assistance        1220 $101,010 $47.30 $98,380
Individual and Family Services        1070 $101,850 $47.43 $98,660
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities          250 $101,140 $51.37 $106,860
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services          110 $95,990 $47.40 $98,600
Personal Care Services          340 $136,280 $56.44 $117,400
Federal, State, and Local Government        3040 $92,810 $44.07 $91,660
Federal, State, and Local Government, including government owned schools and hospitals        13120 $103,570 $47.72 $99,250
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals        1030 $88,140 $40.91 $85,090
State Government, including schools and hospitals        5990 $101,710 $46.50 $96,730
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals        2000 $95,210 $45.78 $95,210
Local Government, including schools and hospitals        7120 $105,160 $48.86 $101,630

The following is a list of requirements for Nurse Practitioners by state. Salary data for this set was sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Alabama

  • Average NP salary: $92,130
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $126,810
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Alaska

  • Average NP salary: $121,250
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $161,350
  • 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: $106,770
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $144,060
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Arkansas

  • Average NP salary: $89,440
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $125,720
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

California

  • Average NP salary: $124,330
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $183,590
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree or national certification

Colorado

  • Average NP salary: $107,160
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $138,910
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Connecticut

  • Average NP salary: $113,550
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $145,160
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Delaware

  • Average NP salary: $83,000
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $137,670
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Florida

  • Average NP salary: $95,650
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $123,900
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Georgia

  • Average NP salary: $100,660
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $129,770
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Hawaii

  • Average NP salary: $117,180
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $159,260
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Idaho

  • Average NP salary: $98,300
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $133,530
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Illinois

  • Average NP salary: $98,300
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $126,700
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Indiana

  • Average NP salary: $99,240
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $126,840
  • NP requirements: RN license and graduate degree or an RN license, NP certificate program completion and national certification

Iowa

  • Average NP salary: $97,970
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $126,540
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Kansas

  • Average NP salary: $97,450
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $126,030
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Kentucky

  • Average NP salary: $94,790
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $123,650
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Louisiana

  • Average NP salary: $98,470
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $133,270
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Maine

  • Average NP salary: $99,140
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $130,100
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Maryland

  • Average NP salary: $108,170
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $138,850
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Massachusetts

  • Average NP salary: $117,860
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $164,070
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Michigan

  • Average NP salary: $97,790
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $125,640
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

Minnesota

  • Average NP salary: $106,820
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $132,870
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

Mississippi

  • Average NP salary: $99,880
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $130,640
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Missouri

  • Average NP salary: $93,140
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $121,930
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Montana

  • Average NP salary: $92,120
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $125,500
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

Nebraska

  • Average NP salary: $94,130
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $124,020
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Nevada

  • Average NP salary: $103,220
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $129,530
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

New Hampshire

  • Average NP salary: $108,170
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $140,150
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

New Jersey

  • Average NP salary: $115,230
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $149,480
  • NP requirements: RN license, NP program graduation, national certification

New Mexico

  • Average NP salary: $104,580
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $135,340
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

New York

  • Average NP salary: $113,450
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $159,840
  • NP requirements: RN license and graduate degree or national certification

North Carolina

  • Average NP salary: $103,090
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $130,340
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

North Dakota

  • Average NP salary: $95,260
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $124,900
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Ohio

  • Average NP salary: $99,680
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $125,960
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Oklahoma

  • Average NP salary: $85,920
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $129,720
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Oregon

  • Average NP salary: $113,380
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $149,270
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Pennsylvania

  • Average NP salary: $94,540
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $125,450
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Rhode Island

  • Average NP salary: $109,430
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $154,620
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

South Carolina

  • Average NP salary: $94,930
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $122,820
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

South Dakota

  • Average NP salary: $97,490
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $125,880
  • NP requirements: RN license, national certification

Tennessee

  • Average NP salary: $93,790
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $126,080
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Texas

  • Average NP salary: $110,060
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $152,030
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Utah

  • Average NP salary: $102,070
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $131,480
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Vermont

  • Average NP salary: $98,656
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $120,000
  • NP requirements: Graduate degree, national certification

Virginia

  • Average NP salary: $101,060
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $127,820
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Washington

  • Average NP salary: $107,400
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $135,620
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

West Virginia

  • Average NP salary: $92,890
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $120,990
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Wisconsin

  • Average NP salary: $98,250
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $124,580
  • NP requirements: RN license, graduate degree, national certification

Wyoming

  • Average NP salary: $113,020
  • Annual Salary-Top 10%: $162,410
  • 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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