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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Nurse Practitioners
Industry profile for Nurse Practitioners
Geographic profile for Nurse Practitioners

National estimates for Nurse Practitioners:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Nurse Practitioners:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
234,690 1.3 % $ 56.75 $ 118,040 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nurse Practitioners:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 38.21 $ 47.86 $ 58.02 $ 62.35 $ 78.54
Annual Wage (2) $ 79,470 $ 99,540 $ 120,680 $ 129,680 $ 163,350


Industry profile for Nurse Practitioners:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Nurse Practitioners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 110,490 4.10 $ 55.23 $ 114,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 52,790 0.94 $ 59.12 $ 122,960
Outpatient Care Centers 22,630 2.29 $ 62.11 $ 129,190
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 9,360 0.96 $ 52.35 $ 108,890
Home Health Care Services 6,630 0.44 $ 64.03 $ 133,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Nurse Practitioners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 110,490 4.10 $ 55.23 $ 114,870
Outpatient Care Centers 22,630 2.29 $ 62.11 $ 129,190
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 9,360 0.96 $ 52.35 $ 108,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 52,790 0.94 $ 59.12 $ 122,960
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,130 0.89 $ 63.38 $ 131,830

Top paying industries for Nurse Practitioners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 50 0.01 $ 71.62 $ 148,980
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 70 0.02 $ 64.33 $ 133,800
Home Health Care Services 6,630 0.44 $ 64.03 $ 133,170
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,130 0.89 $ 63.38 $ 131,830
Outpatient Care Centers 22,630 2.29 $ 62.11 $ 129,190


Geographic profile for Nurse Practitioners:

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



Map of employment of nurse practitioners by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Nurse Practitioners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 17,810 1.46 0.87 $ 56.68 $ 117,890
California 17,400 1.05 0.63 $ 72.99 $ 151,830
New York 15,190 1.75 1.05 $ 64.39 $ 133,940
Florida 14,880 1.73 1.04 $ 50.40 $ 104,830
Tennessee 11,360 3.80 2.28 $ 45.73 $ 95,120


Map of location quotient of nurse practitioners by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nurse Practitioners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 11,360 3.80 2.28 $ 45.73 $ 95,120
Mississippi 3,860 3.51 2.10 $ 53.73 $ 111,750
West Virginia 1,780 2.71 1.63 $ 50.36 $ 104,750
Alaska 770 2.60 1.56 $ 54.72 $ 113,820
Missouri 6,940 2.54 1.53 $ 49.76 $ 103,490


Map of annual mean wages of nurse practitioners by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Nurse Practitioners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,400 1.05 0.63 $ 72.99 $ 151,830
New Jersey 6,690 1.74 1.04 $ 65.87 $ 137,010
New York 15,190 1.75 1.05 $ 64.39 $ 133,940
Washington 3,730 1.16 0.70 $ 62.90 $ 130,840
Massachusetts 7,330 2.16 1.30 $ 62.28 $ 129,540



Map of employment of nurse practitioners by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Nurse Practitioners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 15,060 1.74 1.04 $ 67.79 $ 141,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,610 2.17 1.30 $ 63.50 $ 132,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,490 0.96 0.58 $ 69.68 $ 144,930
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,960 1.17 0.70 $ 59.11 $ 122,950
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,960 1.38 0.83 $ 55.53 $ 115,510
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 4,400 4.50 2.70 $ 47.40 $ 98,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,810 1.31 0.79 $ 59.53 $ 123,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,800 1.43 0.86 $ 58.35 $ 121,370
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,710 1.51 0.91 $ 50.60 $ 105,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,680 1.42 0.85 $ 54.53 $ 113,410


Map of location quotient of nurse practitioners by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nurse Practitioners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, MN 940 8.13 4.88 $ 61.29 $ 127,490
Jonesboro, AR 320 5.70 3.42 $ 50.04 $ 104,070
Johnson City, TN 400 5.11 3.07 $ 44.68 $ 92,930
Hattiesburg, MS 310 5.04 3.02 $ 51.97 $ 108,100
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 4,400 4.50 2.70 $ 47.40 $ 98,600
Jackson, MS 1,090 4.46 2.68 $ 54.39 $ 113,120
Chattanooga, TN-GA 1,090 4.45 2.67 $ 46.43 $ 96,570
Jackson, TN 280 4.27 2.56 $ 44.86 $ 93,310
Champaign-Urbana, IL 410 4.22 2.53 $ 57.11 $ 118,780
Knoxville, TN 1,600 4.18 2.51 $ 42.45 $ 88,300