How Much Do Nurse Practitioners Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$114510 per year
Hourly wage
$55 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$82,960 to $94,890 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$40 to $46 per hour

Entry-level Nurse Practitioners with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $82,960 to $94,890 per year or $40 to $46 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Nurse Practitioners to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $75 $156,160
Senior (Top 25%) $63 $130,240
Middle (Mid 50%) $54 $111,680
Junior (Bottom 25%) $46 $94,890
No experience (Bottom 10%) $40 $82,960

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $70 $145,970
NJ $63 $130,890
WA $61 $126,480
NY $61 $126,440
MA $61 $126,050
NV $58 $119,890
MN $57 $118,900
WY $57 $118,810
HI $57 $118,780
OR $57 $118,600

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Nurse Practitioner is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Nurse Practitioners are in the states of CA, NJ, WA, NY and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $143480 $68.98
Religious Organizations $131710 $63.32
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $130830 $62.90
Social Advocacy Organizations $127970 $61.52
Outpatient Care Centers $123850 $59.54
Specialty Hospitals $123550 $59.40
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $122950 $59.11
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $122110 $58.71
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $118210 $56.83
Grantmaking and Giving Services $118100 $56.78
Home Health Care Services $117120 $56.31
Local Government $116010 $55.77
Junior Colleges $115520 $55.54
Individual and Family Services $115300 $55.43
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $114750 $55.17
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $114480 $55.04
Insurance Carriers $114310 $54.96
Other Residential Care Facilities $112890 $54.27
Office Administrative Services $112820 $54.24
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $112780 $54.22
Employment Services $112590 $54.13
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $112220 $53.95
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $112040 $53.86
Scientific Research and Development Services $111690 $53.70
Offices of Physicians $111310 $53.51
Management of Companies and Enterprises $111120 $53.42
Health and Personal Care Stores $110330 $53.04
Personal Care Services $110210 $52.99
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $109800 $52.79
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $108060 $51.95

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