According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners work in a variety of settings to provide quality care across the continuum of populations and illnesses. RNs and NPs work in “hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, schools, and retail clinics.” They might also work in less conventional locations such as “camps, homeless shelters, prisons, sporting events and tourist destinations.” Wherever there are people, there is likely an opportunity for a nurse.[i]
In general, Nurse Practitioners do the following[ii]:
They might also work as administrators, leaders, or academics. When Nurse Practitioners specialize, they do everything above but with an emphasis on a particular population and/or area of healthcare.
According to the U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2012 census, Nurse Practitioners and professionals in related fields earned a median annual wage of $96,460[iii]. Across the United States, there were 151,400 jobs for Nurse Practitioners, and the BLS expects the occupation to expand by 31 percent by the year 2022. This is much faster than the average for occupations across the healthcare and other industries[iv]. While $96,460 is the median annual wage for NPs, the Nurse Practitioner starting salary depends, of course, on where the NP works and in what specialization.
Through graduate-level education and experience, Nurse Practitioners specialize in particular areas. Some examples of specializations include family, pediatric, neonatal, psychiatric, oncological, geriatric, and acute nursing. NPs might work as anesthetists, midwives, or Nurse Practitioners within many of these areas. The NP salary depends upon the NP’s specialization, in which state the NP practices, and in what setting the NP finds employment, among other factors.
Annual Mean Wage of the lowest 10% of Earners
|Annual Mean Wage||Annual Mean Wage of the highest 10% of Earners|
|NP Salary in New York||10,310||$76,820||$104,510||$141,380|
|NP Salary in California||9,980||$79,970||$115,460||$159,470|
|NP Salary in Texas||7,260||$72,010||$102,070||$141,660|
|NP Salary in Florida||6,990||$63,250||$92,530||$120,240|
|NP Salary in Oregon||1,360||$81,670||$111,160||$147,310|
|NP Salary in Massachusetts||5,080||$78,040||$107,230||$149,960|
|NP Salary in Tennessee||4,350||$67,660||$91,950||$119,750|
Sources: [i] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm#tab-3 | [ii] nursingworld.org/EspeciallyForYou/What-is-Nursing/Tools-You-Need/RNsAPNs.html | [iii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm | [iv]bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm | [v] bls.gov/oes/current/oes291171.htm