Here’s How Much Money Nurse Practitioners Make In Every State


 
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By Andrew DePietro

Nurse practitioner is a career that has been expanding rapidly in terms of employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of nurse practitioners is projected to increase much faster than average, with approximately 62,000 nurse practitioner jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of 26%.

Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we've analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average nurse practitioner salary by state in the U.S. Read on for a full breakdown of where nurse practitioners make the most money, and where they're making the least.

10 States Where Nurse Practitioners Earn the Most Money

The national average annual wage of an nurse practitioner is $110,030, according to the BLS, over double the average annual salary for all occupations, $51,960. Granted, the average nurse practitioner salary can vary significantly depending on the state in which you’re located. However, even the lowest-paying states for nurse practitioners have average salaries that are at least $40,000 more than the national average for all jobs. In the best-paying state for nurse practitioners, the average salary is over $80,000 more than the U.S. average annual wage.

Below is a list of the top-10 highest-paying states for nurse practitioners:

1. California average nurse practitioner salary: $133,780

2. Alaska average nurse practitioner salary: $122,880

3. Massachusetts average nurse practitioner salary: $122,740

4. New Jersey average nurse practitioner salary: $122,100

5. New York average nurse practitioner salary: $120,970

6. Hawaii average nurse practitioner salary: $120,570

7. Minnesota average nurse practitioner salary: $119,160

8. Connecticut average nurse practitioner salary: $118,020

9. Washington average nurse practitioner salary: $117,650

10. Wyoming average nurse practitioner salary: $116,030

The best-paying states for nurse practitioners to a degree mirror the U.S. states with the highest cost of living. For example, the top 6 states in which nurse practitioners earn the most are also among the top-10 states for highest cost of living, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center’s cost of living index.

10 States Where Nurse Practitioners Earn the Least Money

The bottom-10 states where nurse practitioners make the least money are largely located in the U.S. South, with others in the Midwest and one in the Northeast. In Alabama, the lowest-paying state, the average annual wage for a nurse practitioner is $95,970, which is over $14,000 less than the national average. However, it’s still slightly over $40,000 more than the U.S. average wage for all occupations.

Here's a look at the bottom-10 states for nurse practitioner salaries:

1. Alabama average nurse practitioner salary: $95,970

2. Tennessee average nurse practitioner salary: $95,990

3. Pennsylvania average nurse practitioner salary: $98,250

4. Kansas average nurse practitioner salary: $99,430

5. Kentucky average nurse practitioner salary: $99,790

6. South Carolina average nurse practitioner salary: $99,910

7. South Dakota average nurse practitioner salary: $100,690

8. West Virginia average nurse practitioner salary: $100,690

9. Florida average nurse practitioner salary: $101.100

10. Ohio average nurse practitioner salary: $101,970



 
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