Complete stats of nurse salary (practitioner) in the USA. Statistics of the year 2018 to 2019 with types of nurses in different hospitals of US.

Gone are the days when nurses were there to assist doctors only, today nurses are at a completely different platform of responsibility and work requirements. In this articles, we will discuss what is Practitioner nurse, requirement and step by step guidance.

An “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse” (APRN) is a nurse who has a practice permit for independent work which consequently means more workloads, more responsibilities, and higher salaries.

An “NP” (Nurse Practitioner) is a starting work description whereas an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (APRN) has a more rigorous job that requires more education and more work experience,

States Hourly Salary Annually Salary
California $57.00 to $67.00 $125,998 to $128,556
Texas $46.00 to $52.00 $117,445 to $121,556
Florida $47.00 to $54.00 $116,443 to $118,000
Ohio $42.00 to $54.00 $113,265 to $117,334
Indiana $46.00 to $52.00 $112,442 to $118,445
New Mexico $41.00 to $47.00 $105,445 to $114,442
Alabama $43.00 to $45.00 $106,554 to $109,334

Job Description of a Nurse Practitioner

Nursing practitioners are a very important part of the clockwork that runs the health care system. Within the healthcare world, nursing practitioners are a completely independent industry that functions as a crucial part of the

In most states (20 to be precise), nurse practitioners can work independently without the supervision of a doctor.  They can diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, examine patients and suggest treatments much like a physician

In those states where nurse practitioners cannot work independently, they need the signature of a doctor to validate their treatment and prescriptions.  Surveys suggest that nurse practitioners can carry out 80 to 90 percent of the procedures that doctors carry out.

Their expertise is utilized in a highly effective manner because of their work experience as nurses who spend time performing procedures and their education and skills that allow them to take up additional duties as medical practitioners.

Nurse Practitioner Salary Per Hour

Although different job position seems different perception of salary. Per hour average salary in US states is between $46.00 and $54.00. Different states in United States hospitals and private sectors offering different salary range like California (Earn Highest).

Dermatology Nurse: Usually between $45.00 to $55.00

Surgical Nurse: Between $42.00 to $56.00

Cardiology: Between $46.00 to $56.00

Holistic:  Between $48.00 to $54.00

Job Types Hourly Salary Annually Salary
Neonatal Nurse $42.00 to $53.00 $110,334 to $125,000
Cardiology Nurse $45.00 to $56.00 $119,445 to $127,000
Palliative Care Nurse $47.00 to $54.00 $116,889 to $125,000
Naturopathic Nurse $42.00 to $53.00 $110,334 to $125,000
Locum Tenens Nurse $45.00 to $58.00 $115,374 to $125,000
Psychiatric Nurse $52.00 to $58.00 $114,304 to $125,000
Obstetric Nurse $46.00 to $52.00 $116,444 to $125,000
Nephrology Nursing $44.00 to $52.00 $121,778 to $125,000
Orthopedic Nurse $48.00 to $57.00 $116,034 to $125,000
Cardiac Nurse $51.00 to $57.00 $123,556 to $125,000
Forensic Nurse $43.00 to $53.00 $113,443 to $125,000

The Nursing Career

Nurses and medical practitioners have always been needed and their demand will continue to rise. The advent of computers replaced and changed many industries causing unemployment for many and employment for many others.

Nursing, however, is an industry that has always been very stable and considering the nature of the job (to cure patients), it is of grave importance.

This industry is therefore forecasted to remain stable and grow as the need for medical experts will be higher in the days to come.  As independent clinicians, nursing practitioners grow as they gain practical experience and their expertise is usually more focused in a specific direction.

As per what field the practitioners work in, they can focus their career in fields like women’s health, dermatology, gynecology, oncology and cardiovascular health etc. Once they have specialized with enough training in a specific direction, they can work as independent healthcare specialists.

The fields in which they can normally carry their specializations are,

  • Allergy NP
  • Immunology NP
  • Cardiac NP
  • Dermatology NP
  • Geriatric NP
  • Emergency room NP
  • Endocrinology NP
  • Holistic NP
  • Hospice NP
  • Gastroenterology NP
  • Pediatric oncology NP
  • Surgical NP
  • Neurology NP
  • Occupational health NP
  • Orthopedics NP
  • Pulmonology & respiratory NP
  • Sports medicine NP
  • Travel NP
  • Urology NP

Educational Requirements for Nursing Practitioners

In order to enter the field, nursing practitioners mostly need a master’s degree that allows them to start practice. Masters and bachelors should preferably be in the field of medicine, medical practice or nursing itself.

After that, they need a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to step to the required level of medical practicing.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCBSN), nursing practitioners are looked over by the (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) APRN consensus model. The model is a set of laws and ethics that govern the preparation, minimum education requirements, practicing licenses and certification requirements needed for independent practicing.

This model originally requires all APRN’s to have the ability to work as generalized doctors who can work as physicians. They are not originally specialized to work in a specific department of the healthcare industry.

After a given period of practicing and training, they may be eligible to continue with independent practicing and that too in a specific field.

Why choose to be a Nursing Practitioner?

Surveys suggest that it is much cheaper to be a nursing practitioner than to be a doctor.  It costs roughly one-fourth of the amount needed to become a doctor.

Considering this difference in education costs, many people opt to become the nursing practitioner and APRN’s as compared to being doctors.

Many medical educationists also say that they advise their students to become nursing practitioners rather than being doctors.

APRN’s and NP’s who are already in business show high levels of satisfaction with their jobs.

Considering the working hours, work responsibilities and wages, nursing practitioners and APRN’s are a reasonable alternative to physicians and doctors.

Salaries and Career Prospects

As generally known, jobs that revolve around medicine and healthcare have very lucrative salaries and the career growth is very consistent throughout the professional’s career.

As per a survey conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of nurse practitioners rounds up to $103,900.  But some private hospitals salary ranges up to $105 per Hour. So you can estimate their annually figure.


The actual salary, however, may be quite different from the average salary. This difference depends on the geographical location, work experience and educational qualifications of the nurse practitioner.

A general notion is that nurse practitioners usually have a very well-paying job that guarantees a secure financial future.

The career is expected to experience an overwhelming growth of at least 33% because of the mere fact that medicine and nursing is one field that can’t be replaced entirely by machines and AI.

Dealing with the human life is a delicate job and it requires experts who have a relevant education and work experience to handle the human life. As the human population is expected to grow (as it has been), and while we are being exposed to more and more processed foods, health and life are extremely uncertain.

Nurse practitioners, doctors, and physicians are needed more and more in the times to come and an expected career growth of 33% is more than most other jobs. The advent of technology has only revolutionized the healthcare department, employment and employability are only positively affected.

The salaries, however, can range differently for different kinds of practitioners. A vocational nurse or a licensed practitioner may earn up to $44,000 annually whereas a midwife earns up to $107,000.

Therefore, a difference in wages ranges with expertise and the nature of work.

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