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NP Salaries Continue to Rise

2014 National Salary Survey Results

Professional Issues
As in their practice scope and public stature, nurse practitioners made further strides in salary in 2014. According to the National Salary Survey of Nurse Practitioners, conducted annually by Nurse Practitioner Perspective and ADVANCE for NPs & PAs, full-time salaries for nurse practitioners rose by an average of almost $3,000 last year.

We conducted our annual survey using an online questionnaire created and processed on the Fluid Surveys platform. Fluid Surveys specializes in online data collection.

The survey was live from June 1 through Nov. 30, 2014, and collected 1,836 responses from practicing NPs. Because the survey is focused on NPs, respondents who self-identified as nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists or clinical nurse specialists were not tabulated.

ADVANCE has gathered salary data on nurse practitioners since 1997. In that year, the average full-time salary for an NP was $52,532.

Salary Results
Our survey determined that in 2014, the average nurse practitioner working full time earned a salary of $101,621. Compared to 2013 earnings, full-time salaries for NPs rose by $2,804 - an increase of 2.8%.

For NPs working part time or being paid an hourly rate, the increase in pay was 7.02% - an increase of $3.61 per hour from 2013. NPs who are paid hourly reported earning $55.02 per hour in 2014.

See the table for an overview of this data and how it compares to national averages over the past 5 years.

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Experience Changes
The average number of years in practice decreased from 8.9 in 2013 to 7.29 in 2014, reflecting the rapid rise of new NP graduates entering the profession.

Our past surveys had collected information about gender and age, but an error in survey design prevented our ability to accurately capture this information in 2014. We will collect more complete demographic data on respondents in the 2015 survey.

What's Next?
We will share additional data from the 2014 National Salary Survey of Nurse Practitioners on our website in February, March and April. Visit often to view and download detailed reports on salary by practice setting, state and academic degree.

To receive notification of these focused reports as they become available, sign up for our free e-newsletter using the form posted in the upper right corner of our homepage.

A Note About Privacy
Nurse Practitioner Perspective values reader and respondent privacy, and we will never share or inappropriately use personal data obtained during the salary survey data collection process.

We collect city, state, geographic setting and specialty information to present an accurate view of the demographics of the respondents. Our goal is to provide the most accurate and representative data about salary and workplace issues for NPs.

We thank the respondents who took the time to complete the 2014 survey, and we hope for even higher participation in 2015. Please share these results with your colleagues and encourage them to participate in our next annual salary survey. Data collection for the 2015 survey opens June 1 at

Kristen Hopf is a freelance writer who lives in Denver.


I agree that we deserve to be paid more than we are. $100k is a good salary, but no where near what a physician rakes in for the same work. We deserve more because we can do the same work, with some exceptions depending on your field and state of practice, with the same or better clinical outcomes. Decades of research supports our high quality of care. Maybe we do not deserve the same pay, but 1/3 to 1/2 of what a physician makes in salary, about the same in other benefits, is not justice.

Clint Royston,  PMHNPNovember 10, 2016

I'm a new grad working 9-4 M-F with an hour for lunch. I work for a specialty group in a small town on the west coast of Florida.
My base is $100k to start. I'm W2 with very good benefits(5 weeks vacation, CME, good health coverage, match & profit sharing in my 401k) and 10% of my net production in bonuses plus a guaranteed $10k raise at the end of my first year.
Find a company that values you.
We shouldn't be expecting physician salaries but we all shouldn't be paid anything less than $100k for full time work.
If we want to keep out salaries high and our field well respected we need to shut down all the ONLINE NP programs. Writing fluffy papers and taking open book exams at home is not sufficient academic rigor to justify our privilege to practice or a six figure salary.

ADAM October 21, 2016

NP here. While I sympathize with all of your complaints, I have one question to ask. Why don't you all apply and go to medical school to earn the salary and practicing authority as a physician? Oh wait, it's because you guys were not qualified for it or simply didn't want to make the sacrifice of spending 4 years of learning and an additional 3 years of training. We knowingly took the shortcut and became NPs. My online course was all about writing papers, fluffy materials, and we even had open book exams. I know my place in this field and I acknowledged the education that physicians have over us. I am happy with my salary working in primary care. If I was greedy and wanted a physicians salary, I would have went to medical school. Unfortunately, I was not cut out for it because of my scores and I accept it.

Ryan May 25, 2016

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