Do Nurse Practitioners Get Paid More?

  1. I was thinking about pursuing my degree as a Nurse Practitioner. But I was wonder if the economic benefits justified my investment of resources and time. I found a website which discusses quite a bit of information about the average nurse practitioner salary but I wasn't sure if their numbers were accurate. If anyone can help, please check it out and let me know:
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  3. by   mzthang2260
    It depends on your location. I live in NYC and NP jobs go for 100k+ Go to and search.
  4. by   pixiestudent2
    Are you refering to a nurse practitioner or a practical nurse too different things.
  5. by   loriangel14
    You need to get your BSN and some years of experience first.
  6. by   Ridge AB
    From many things that I've read, you first need to get you BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing), then your Masters. After that, you will need to work 2 year minimum in a specific area (not sure what this is called). Then after that you may go to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. This is in the State of PA though. It may differ from state to state. Also, they are APN, so they may make more than other nurses (LPN,RN). A lot of times the more education the better the pay, but not always necessarily true. It just depends where you are. To be honest, if you are going into nursing. I would not look at the pay and say this is why I am doing this. You must be very motivated to do the work. Being a nurse is a highly stressful job. I am not saying that is what you're doing. But I see that's what informational sites try to do. Mention the high pay and sometimes forget to mention how stressful nursing may be. Motivation is the key!

    [I do not claim to be a nurse of any kind. I am just going by information that I have read over time.]

    I don't know if you was talking about the LPN or NP, since this is the LPN section and you said NP.

    LPN/LVN - Are lower degreed nurses that expanded during WWII when militaries needed nurses, but it took too long to get people educated for RN. So they came up with the LPN. The average salary is about 35,000 - 40,000 (give some take some). But they can do the same thing RNs may do, with some exceptions. They do work under the RN and Dr.

    NP/CRNP - Nurse Practitioners are Advanced Practice nurses. Which require many more years of education. They may act as a Doctor in communities and provide healthcare. Prescribe medication in some states, diagnose. They also can work under the direction of Drs. It's their decision. Their average salary is 92,000 USD a year throughout the U.S.

    *Please correct me if any of my information is incorrect.
    Last edit by Ridge AB on Jan 25, '12 : Reason: Adding information.
  7. by   garnetgirl29
    One of the instructors in my LPN program is an NP. She started school directly after high school and finished her NP program at age 25. It's a master's degree program & she went through a specific Nurse Practitioner program and is certified. She's had a difficult time finding a job, though, and started out teaching. Another classmate told me that she has to volunteer her services for at least 6 months before she can be hired as an NP. From what I hear, an NP is very similar to a Physician's Assistant (but starts with a nursing degree rather than medical) and is a step down from being a doctor, so yes, I would think they have a higher pay scale than an BSN, in most cases.
  8. by   watersamy
    In the Boston area, you get your BSN and then go thru a Masters program with a concentration in Nursing Practices, whether pediatric, women's, family health, etc. You need to complete 600 hours of clinicals, generally takes 2-4 years depending on whether or not its full time. Took a look at that salary scale and it looks about right.