Top 10 Highest-Paying US Cities for Nurse Practitioners

May 2nd 2016

Nurse practitioners (NPs) looking to relocate may want to consider working in a city that offers the highest pay.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) looking to relocate may want to consider working in a city that offers the highest pay.

NPs can offer certain specialized services that their registered nurse counterparts can’t, including prescription services, diagnosing and treating acute illnesses,monitoring and managingchronic illnesses, and creating individualized treatment plans. NPs are able to provide these services because of their completion of advanced degrees.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 95.1% of NPs have graduate degrees—whether it’s a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice—and 86.5% maintain their national certification. This combined with the fact that patients are increasingly turning to NP-run clinics because of their convenience have landed NPs among thefastest-growing and bestjobsin America.

Although the average annual salary for NPs in the United States is $91,450, it can differ by geographic region dramatically.

Here are the top 10 cities or metropolitan areas that pay NPs the highest salary, based on 2015 data collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

10. Michigan City-La Porte, IN

Annual mean wage: $125,990

Hourly mean wage: $60.57

Indiana’s overall mean annual wage for NPs is $97,030.

9. Madera, CA

Annual mean wage: $129,640

Hourly mean wage: $62.33

California has the highest mean annual wage for NPs at $120,930.

8. Visalia-Porterville, CA

Annual mean wage: $129,890

Hourly mean wage: $62.45

7. Grand Junction, CO

Annual mean wage: $133, 110

Hourly mean wage: $64.00

Colorado’s mean annual wage for NPs is $104,450.

6. Panama City, FL

Annual mean wage: $133,840

Hourly mean wage: $64.35

Florida’s mean annual wage for NPs is $95,780. Notably, NPs in Floridarecently gainedthe legal right to prescribe controlled substances.

5. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

Annual mean wage: $136,840

Hourly mean wage: $65.79

4. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

Annual mean wage: $142,430

Hourly mean wage: $68.48

3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Annual mean wage: $143,050

Hourly mean wage: $68.77

2. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

Annual mean wage: $156,340

Hourly mean wage: $75.16

1. Columbus, IN

Annual mean wage: $160,050

Hourly mean wage: $76.95

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