Are You Being Fairly Compensated? The Results From Our 2018 NP/PA Salary Survey Are In!

NPs working in psychiatry made the highest salary at approximately $132,000 in 2018.

PAs specializing in dermatology earned the highest salary in 2018, making approximately $166,000 in 2018.

NPs working for approximately 11-20 years earned the highest salaries, averaging $114,000 in 2018.

PAs working for 6 to 20 years made approximately $123,000 in 2018.

West coast NPs earned the highest salaries in 2018 at approximately $124,000.

PAs living in the West as well as the Northeast earned the highest salaries in 2018, averaging $127,000 and $120,000, respectively.

36.3% of NP responders practice in suburban areas and earn approximately $113,000.

PAs earn more money in rural settings, with 17% of responders earning $123,000.

Both Male NPs and PAs earned approximately $17,000 more than female NPs and PAs.

NPs who practiced in hospitals earned the most in 2018 at $125,011.

Similar to NPs, PAs working in hospital settings earned the most at $133,722.

50% of NPs earned more in 2018 than 2017.

Almost 54% of PAs earned more this year compared to last year.

In a close result, 48% of NPs expect to earn more next year; 47% expect to earn the same.

Almost 55% of PAs expect to earn more in 2019 compared to 2018.

Most NP responders (25.6%) treat 26-50 patients per week.

25.2% of PAs see 51-75 patients per week.

NPs who are satisfied with their employers (41.4%) earned $111,716 in 2018.

2% of PAs who are very dissatisfied with their employers earned $125,533 in 2018.
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By Madeline Morr and Kathleen Tulley

Are you assessing your compensation and considering how you stack up against your colleagues?  Might you be considering relocating to another area or changing specialties or work setting and unsure about the impact the move might have on your income? The results of the 2018 NP/PA Salary Survey are in and available to help you when making career choices.


Reflecting a benefit that has been increasing over the past few years, more than half of all NPs and PAs responding to the survey reported earning more in 2018 than they had during the previous year. NPs and PAs reported annual incomes in the 2018 survey of $111,340.87 and $120,177.91, respectively. As described in prior years, the wage gap between men and women persists; although 92% of NP respondents and 66% of PA respondents were women, men in both professions made approximately $17,000 more than their female counterparts.


The West coast remains the region with the highest average salary for both NPs and PAs ($124,441 and $127,408, respectively), with the northeast trailing close behind ($111,820 and $120,331, respectively). However, the majority of respondents reside and practice in the South (37%of NPs and 31% of PAs).


Family Medicine continues to be the specialty most frequently employing the services of NPs and PAs, and stand-alone clinics are the most frequently reported practice setting. However, the highest salaries were reported by both NPs and PAs working in hospitals compared with all of the other locales.


The majority of NPs (68%) expressed satisfaction with their employer; these respondents earn an average salary of $116,298. Similarly, the majority of PAs (69%) also reported being satisfied with their employer; this job role job role earned an average annual salary of $122,297. Although few PA respondents (2.13%) reportedly were very dissatisfied with their employer, they earned the highest median salary per year at $125,533.


The vast majority of NPs and PAs anticipate making as much or more than they currently make in the year to come, with more than half of all clinician respondents expecting more money in their paychecks in 2019.


How the results were calculated


We asked our readers to provide their current salaries, which included base pay and bonuses, in increments of $5000, ranging from $0 to more than $200,000. Medians were then determined. These findings were based on analysis of responses from 1530 NPs and 529 PAs currently in practice in the United States.


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