While the majority of NP and PA respondents were women (91.6% and 59.8%, respectively), men earned significantly more. The average male NP earned $106,955 last year, compared with $88,519 for a female. The discrepancy was slightly less for PAs: men earned $109,730 last year on average, and women earned $92,070.

Geographic region

Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s regional definitions, the South was heavily represented among survey respondents. But the similarities between NPs (Figure 1) and PAs (Figure 2) end there.

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Practice setting

Office-based NPs (Table 5) and PAs (Table 6) were better represented in our survey, but hospital-based clinicians earned higher salaries.