Nurse practitioners are nurses that have earned a master degree in advanced practice nursing. The licensing laws usually vary by states. Years of experience, specialization, certification, and licensing provide a higher nurse practitioner salary. Average annual salaries with varies depending on the state or region where the nurse works.
Students can obtain national certification through nursing organizations such as the American Nurses’ Association (www.nursingworld.org) and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB – www.pncb.org). The National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov) describes several areas where nurse practitioners can obtain certification. School nursing, acute care, geriatrics, and pediatrics are some of the specialized fields.
Nursing License, Degree, and Education
The following shows the hierarchy of nursing educational levels, from highest to lowest:
•Nurse Practitioner (NP)
•Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
•Registered Nurse (RN)
•Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
•Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Nurse Practitioner Salary Amounts for 2013
•Certified nurse practitioners may earn up to $135,000
•Neonatal nurse practitioners earn an annual average salary of $102,945
•Nurse practitioners specializing in Emergency Room (ER) care may earn $94,778
•Specialty care nurse practitioners will earn an annual average salary of $95,328
•The median nurse practitioners salary across the United States is $66,530
Top Regions in the United States for Nurse Practitioner Salaries in 2013
•Hawaii – $70,000 to $99,777 annually. Cardiology specialists earned an annual salary of $80,000. Salaries in Hawaii vary by island.
•Alaska – $82,000 annually. Cardiology specialists earned an annual average salary of $92,000.
•Connecticut – $103,000 annually. Oncology specialists earned an average annual salary of $112,000.
•Maryland – $97,000 annually. Urgent care practitioners earned $96,000 annually.
•Nevada – $92,000 annually. Emergency specialists earned an annual average salary of $105,000.
•Oregon – $89,000 annually. Cardiology nurse practitioners earned an annual average salary of $101,000.
•Delaware – $90,000 annually. Emergency specialists earned $101,000 annually.
•New Jersey – $101,000 annually. Emergency nurse practitioners earned $116,000 annually.
•Massachusetts – $110,000 annually. A dermatology nurse practitioner’s average annual salary is $145,000.
•California – $106,000. A cardiology nurse practitioner earns an average annual salary of $120,000. Emergency nurse practitioners earned $122,000 annually.
While the average numbers shown might not appear to be in lowest to highest order, rankings are based on the totals from all specializations. To receive more data, you should visit Indeed.com. Of the states listed, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California all have the largest number of job openings annually.
Nurse Practitioner Salary Growth
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS – www.bls.gov) expects continued increase in the demand for nurse practitioners. Over a ten-year span, salaries are predicted to grow by seven percent. Nurse practitioners usually receive the second highest earnings in the medical field, with doctors being the highest paid.