2013 Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant Salary Survey

  • The average salary among all NPs earning between $20,001 and $149,999/year is $94,881.22 and the average salary among all PAs earning between $20,001and $149,999 per year is $100,497.78.

  • For the third consecutive year, the highest percentage of NP and PA respondents were family/adult medicine practitioners. The only significant change from last year’s survey was psychiatry replacing oncology/hematology at fifth place on the NP list. Salaries were higher in all practice areas listed, with the largest gain seen among pediatric NPs.

  • The proportion of PAs working within specific specialties remained virtually the same as last year.

  • Similar to 2012, NP salaries are not significantly affected by experience beyond the first five years of practice.

  • PAs see a small but steady growth in income through the first 20 years of employment.

  • The distribution of NPs and PAs by practice setting appears entrenched. Very little movement has been reported by respondents over the past three years. Office-based NPs and PAs (see next slide) remain well-represented in our survey, but hospital-based clinicians earned higher salaries.

  • For the first time since this survey began, average salaries of NPs and PAs (see next slide) in all regions climbed above $90,000.

  • PAs in the West continue to report the highest annual pay.

  • The proportion of NPs and PAs who work at more than one location was nearly identical to what was shown in the previous surveys.

  • Roughly one out of every three respondents travels from job to job throughout the week.

  • Despite an uncertain economic climate, clinicians are optimistic about their financial future. Just over 45% of NPs reported an increase in income over 2011.

  • Just over 48% of PAs reported an increase in income over 2011.

  • When asked about their expectations for next year, more than 95% of NPs and PAs (see next slide) anticipate that their income would stay the same or increase.

  • As in previous years, the 2013 survey included questions designed to provide some insight into the typical workweek of our readers. No discernible difference was noted in the amount of time NPs and PAs spend on the job. Approximately 80% of all respondents work between 30 and 50 hours per week.

  • There was some diversity with regard to the number of patients seen per week, but the NP (previous slide) and PA breakdowns remained similar.

  • Finally, prescription-writing behavior stayed consisted across all disciplines. Approximately two thirds of NPs and PAs (see next slide) write fewer than 75 prescriptions per week.

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According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Great Recession ended in June 2009, but the recovery has been slow to materialize. Unemployment hovers around 8%, and many Americans continue to struggle financially. However, health care is one of the strongest sectors of the economy, a fact that is reflected in the more than 7,000 responses to our annual salary survey.

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