When asked about their predictions for next year, the vast majority of NPs (Figure 7) and PAs (Figure 8) expect their income to rise or remain flat.

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Weekly output

In addition to requests for financial information, we included a couple of questions to give us a sense of the average ­clinician’s workweek. Just like last year, there was little variation in the number of hours our readers put in. On average, approximately 80% of NPs and PAs work between 30 and 50 hours per week.

A more diverse picture emerged with regard to the number of patients seen per week, but the NP (Figure 9) and PA (Figure 10) breakdowns remained similar.

Finally, prescription-writing behavior stayed consisted across all disciplines. More than two thirds of NPs (Figure 11) and PAs (Figure 12) write fewer 75 prescriptions per week.