Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a nurse practitioners in the United States was $109,820 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $82,460 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $184,180 per year.
The top industries were hospitals, where the median annual salary was $122,40. This is followed by outpatient care centers ($118,530), offices of physicians ($113,190), offices of other health practitioners ($112,590) and educational services ($108,790).
Autonomy and Flexibility
To begin with, nurse practitioners may have to closely follow the instructions of more senior healthcare professionals and may not have to most autonomy. However, as nurse practitioners develop more skills and become more competent, they get more responsibility and their autonomy and flexibility increases. Often, they work up to being very senior members of healthcare teams and lots of autonomy.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a nurse practitioner, based on salary average annual salary are:
- Oregon, where the average annual salary is $11,864
- Minnesota, where the average annual salary is $107,606
- Delaware, where the average annual salary is $105,237
- Washington, where the average annual salary is $106,911
- Nevada, where the average annual salary is $103,528
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Oklahoma, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.
The largest employers of nurse practitioners in the United States were offices of physicians, which employed 47% of all nurse practitioners. This was followed by hospitals, which employed 27% of all nurse practitioners, and then, outpatient carer centers employed 8%, educational services employed 4% and finally, offices of other health practitioners employed 3%.
Nurse practitioners must be physically fit, as they may spend a lot of time walking, bending, stretching and standing. They are also vulnerable to back injuries, because they must lift and move patients. If they work in the community, then nurse practitioners may have to spend time travelling between clients.