Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

29-1171 Nurse Practitioners

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
105,780 1.2 % $43.97 $91,450 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.82 $37.70 $43.25 $51.21 $57.93
Annual Wage (2) $64,100 $78,410 $89,960 $106,510 $120,500


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 48,690 2.05 $43.76 $91,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 27,760 0.53 $45.90 $95,470
Outpatient Care Centers 7,610 1.19 $44.48 $92,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,160 0.11 $41.16 $85,620
Home Health Care Services 3,050 0.26 $39.57 $82,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 48,690 2.05 $43.76 $91,020
Outpatient Care Centers 7,610 1.19 $44.48 $92,510
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,810 0.78 $50.26 $104,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 27,760 0.53 $45.90 $95,470
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 790 0.34 $43.30 $90,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $51.26 $106,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,810 0.78 $50.26 $104,550
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $48.91 $101,730
Grantmaking and Giving Services 50 0.04 $48.03 $99,910
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 40 (7) $47.28 $98,340


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,720 0.68 0.84 $47.58 $98,970
New York 8,990 1.05 1.30 $46.98 $97,730
Florida 5,930 0.82 1.00 $41.75 $86,840
Texas 5,720 0.54 0.67 $46.97 $97,710
Massachusetts 4,370 1.37 1.68 $49.20 $102,340




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 1,680 1.55 1.91 $44.20 $91,940
Maine 870 1.49 1.83 $41.85 $87,060
Tennessee 3,940 1.48 1.83 $42.65 $88,720
Utah 1,670 1.39 1.71 $40.33 $83,880
Massachusetts 4,370 1.37 1.68 $49.20 $102,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 280 0.89 1.10 $53.89 $112,090
Hawaii 240 0.41 0.51 $50.33 $104,690
Oregon 1,190 0.74 0.91 $49.66 $103,280
Massachusetts 4,370 1.37 1.68 $49.20 $102,340
New Jersey 2,580 0.68 0.84 $48.57 $101,030





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,130 0.80 0.99 $49.75 $103,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,620 1.53 1.89 $51.03 $106,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,370 0.61 0.75 $43.03 $89,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,680 0.74 0.91 $40.04 $83,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.69 0.86 $37.88 $78,780
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,540 1.26 1.55 $54.62 $113,620
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,470 1.15 1.42 $38.31 $79,680
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,400 0.80 0.99 $45.75 $95,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.75 0.92 $41.04 $85,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.61 0.75 $46.56 $96,850