2017 nurse practitioner and physician assistant salary survey

Family medicine was the most popular practice area for NPs (21.5%), but psychiatry practitioners (5.5%) made higher salaries.

Emergency medicine PAs (7.5%) made the highest salaries.

On average, NPs practicing for 16 to 20 years (14.3%) made higher salaries.

In conjunction with NPs, PAs also working for 16 to 20 years (17.1%) made higher salaries.

NPs working on the West coast made higher salaries than those working in the Midwest, Northeast, or South.

While most PAs work in the South, those working in the West made the highest salaries.

NPs working in urban locations (41.5%) made the highest salaries.

PAs who also work in urban locations (39.6%) made the highest salaries.

While more female NPs (2,136) and PAs (518) completed the survey, both male NPs and PAs made higher salaries.

NPs who practice in stand alone clinic (18.09%) make the lowest salaries.

PAs who work in an office practice (19.1%) make the lowest salaries.

55.2% of NPs report making a higher salary than last year.

53.9% of PAs report making a higher salary this year.

Only 3.5% of NPs expect to make less money in 2018.

4.3% of PAs expect to make less money next year.

30.25% of NPs see 26 to 50 patients every week.

Approximately 25% of PAs see anywhere from 26 to 75 patients every week.
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By Madeline Morr and Colby Stong


Is now a good time to ask for a raise? According to results from The Clinical Advisor's 2017 Salary Survey, it may be. About 55% of nurse practitioners (NPs) and 54% of physician assistants (PAs) earned a higher income this past year than they did in 2015-2016.

 

The average salaries in 2016-2017 for NPs and PAs are:

 

Nurse Practitioners: $105,928

 

Physician Assistants: $115,906

 

The gender pay gap remains, and the West prevails

 

The wage gap between men and women continues in all lines of work, and the medical field is no exception. A total of 2136 (89.3%) NP survey responders and 518 (62.3%) PA survey responders were women, compared with 216 male NPs and 307 male PAs. However, male NPs earned $123,547, compared with $104,097 for women. Male PAs earned $128,966, compared with $107,957 for women.

 

Similar to last year's results, the West remains the region with the highest average salaries for NPs ($113,035) and PAs ($123,875). A majority of NP and PA responders practice their profession in the South, where the average salary for NPs is $104,427 and the average salary for PAs is $114,302. The Midwest has the lowest average salary for NPs ($102,571), and the Northeast has the lowest average salary for PAs ($110,702).


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