Males are a small minority in the nurse practitioner field. Men only make up 8% of all NP's based on survey results released by Advance for Nurse Practitioners in 2007. The same article also quoted that nurse practitioners on average are paid an annual salary of $81,397 in 2007. However, male NP's are paid higher wages averaging $88,490 annually versus female NP's who average $80,755 a year.
CRNA's, by far are still the highest paid among advanced practice nurses. The CRNA field is also the only nursing specialization where males outnumber females. Based on an employment and compensation survey for CRNA's by LocumTenens.com in 2007, the average annual salary for CRNA's was $178,084. Male CRNA's make an average of $196,314 a year as opposed to female CRNA's who make an average of $159,536 a year. Males make up 52% of all CRNA's.
I am a male nurse practitioner. I chose the nurse practitioner field not as much for the financial benefit but more for the appeal of being able to practice as a health care provider with the ability to diagnose and carry prescripitive priviledge. I enjoy following patients from admission to discharge and value the patient interaction that goes along with managing the health care of patients. I also love the acute care setting and the challenge of the critical care field and that is the field where I currently practice now. With five years of experience as an NP, I feel that I am financially rewarded enough with a six figure annual salary.
These are the sources for the figures I quoted above: