2015 nurse practitioner & physician assistant salary survey

  • The average salary among all NPs is $99,471. The average salary among all PAs is $105,013.

  • The highest salaries for NPs can be found in the West.

  • The highest salaries for PAs can be found in the West. The lowest salaries were found in the Northeast.

  • Almost half of 3,019 NPs reported making more money in this survey period than they did last year.

  • Nearly half of 1,490 PAs reported making more money in this survey period than they did last year.

  • More than half of NPs expect to continue to earn more money next year.

  • PAs expect to earn more money next year.

  • Although most NP respondents identified themselves as family medicine practitioners (22.4%), NPs who reported being oncology/hematology practitioners reported higher salaries (4.0%).

  • By far, most PAs identified themselves as family medicine practitioners (17.1%).

  • There was not much difference in salaries between NPs who reported having six to 10 years of experience compared with NPs who reported having 16 to 20 years of experience.

  • The biggest variation in salary by experience level was seen in PAs who reported having less than five years of experience and those who had 11 to 15 years of experience.

  • NPs who practiced in rural settings reported making less money than their urban and suburban counterparts.

  • PAs who practiced in rural settings made nearly $5,000 less than their colleagues who reported practicing in urban locations.

  • Male NPs reported making $112,338. Female NPs reported making $98,084.

  • A large gap remains in salaries between male and female PAs.

  • Many NP respondents reported practicing in a clinic-hospital setting(20.0%), clinic-stand alone setting (19.0%), or an office practice setting (18.7%).

  • A large majority of PAs reported practicing in hospital clinics (20.8%), stand alone clinics (20.5%), office practices (20.4%), or hospital settings (18.8). Only 3.8% of PAs reported working in walk-in/ambulatory care settings.

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Nearly half of all physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) had a higher income in 2014 to 2015, compared with the previous year, according to results from The Clinical Advisor’s 2015 annual salary survey. And a slightly higher percentage are optimistic about their prospects for the upcoming year.

Here are the average salaries in 2014 to 2015 for both groups:

The average salary among all NPs is $99,471. The average salary among all PAs is $105,013.


Our readers were asked to provide their current salaries, which included base pay and bonuses, in increments of $5,000.


Salaries in all but the lowest and highest categories were then converted to the midpoint within that category (for example, salaries in the $71,000 to $75,000 category were converted to $73,000).


The category with the lowest salary range in the survey was $20,000 or less and was assigned a value of $20,000. The category with the highest salary range was that of $150,000 or more and was assigned a value of $155,000.

The results are based on analysis of 3,019 NPs who responded to the NP survey, and 1,490 PAs who responded to the PA survey. Not all of the survey responders answered all of the questions.


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