Nurse practitioner pay by the numbers

Here are five numbers providing insight on compensation earned by nurse practitioners, using data from the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics employment survey.

$124,680: The average annual salary of nurse practitioners in the U.S. 

258,230: The number of practicing nurse practitioners in the U.S.

75%: The percentage of nurse practitioners in a recent Medscape survey who reported they practice independently, without the guidance of a collaborating physician. 

$59.94: The average hourly wage earned by nurse practitioners, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

$158,130: The average annual salary of nurse practitioners who practice in California, the highest-paying state for the profession.

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