This can vary depending on where the NP is employed, which degree(s) are held, and the organization. Many organizations have NPs that are unionized; therefore pay is periodically negotiated. Other organizations pay depending on experience and practice. Hospital systems and large organizations tend to pay more than private offices.

Certain specialties have a higher demand for NPs; therefore higher pay may be offered. With baby-boomers and the elderly population dominating healthcare in the United States, Adult-Gerontology, Family, and Women's Health NPs have more opportunity on the job market, and therefore may offer higher compensation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nurse Anesthetists (graduate-level nurses with certification in anesthesia) is the highest-paid advanced practice nurse, with a median salary of $160,270.The highest paid nurse practitioner annual salaries (excluding nurse anesthetists) according to payscale.com are:

  1. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: $98,899
  2. Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner: $97,514
  3. Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: $97,451
  4. Adult Nurse Practitioner: $95,405
  5. Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: $94,955
  6. Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner: $94,323
  7. General Nurse Practitioner: $91,208
  8. Nurse Midwife: $90,482
  9. Family Nurse Practitioner: $89,897
  10. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: $86,512
  11. Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: $85,730

While the above figures are median annual salaries, it is important to recognize that location, organization, years of experience, and additional certifications have an impact on salary.

Read more about nurse practitioner salaries and APRN in general.

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