Are You Being Fairly Compensated? The Results of the 2019 Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Salary Survey Are In! - Clinical Advisor

Are You Being Fairly Compensated? The Results of the 2019 Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Salary Survey Are In!

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  • Figure 1. Average NP salary by geographic region.

  • Figure 2. Average PA salary by geographic region.

  • Figure 3. Did you earn more this year (NPs)?

  • Figure 4. Did you earn more this year (PAs)?

  • Figure 5. Do you expect to earn more next year (NPs)?

  • Figure 6. Do you expect to earn more next year (PAs)?

  • Figure 7. Do you work in multiple locations (NPs)?

  • Figure 8. Do you work in multiple locations (PAs)?

  • Figure 9. Do you receive annual cost of living salary increases (NPs)?

  • Figure 10. Do you receive annual cost of living salary increases (PAs)?

  • Figure 11. Do you receive bonuses (NPs)?

  • Figure 12. Do you receive bonuses (PAs)?

  • Figure 13. Does your current employer offer retirement benefits (NPs)?

  • Figure 14. Does your current employer offer retirement benefits (PAs)?

  • Figure 15. Do you receive financial reimbursement from your employer for CME (NPs)?

  • Figure 16. Do you receive financial reimbursement from your employer for CME (PAs)?

  • Figure 17. Do you receive financial reimbursement from your employer for licensure fees (NPs)?

  • Figure 18. Do you receive financial reimbursement from your employer for licensure fees (PAs)?

  • Figure 19. Do you receive financial reimbursement from your employer for tuition (NPs)?

  • Figure 19. Do you receive financial reimbursement from your employer for tuition (PAs)?

  • Table 1. Average NP salary.

  • Table 2. Average PA salary.

  • Table 3. Average NP salary by practice area.

  • Table 4. Average PA salary by practice area.

  • Table 5. Average NP salary by degree attained.

  • Table 6. Average PA salary by degree attained.

  • Table 7. Average NP salary according to gender.

  • Table 8. Average PA salary according to gender.

  • Table 9. Average NP salary by experience level.

  • Table 10. Average NP salary by experience level.

  • Table 11. Average NP salary by urban, suburban, or rural location.

  • Table 12. Average PA salary by urban, suburban, or rural location.

  • Table 13. Average NP salary according to practice setting.

  • Table 14. Average PA salary according to practice setting.

  • Table 15. Number of patients seen per week (NPs).

  • Table 16. Number of patients seen per week (PAs).

  • Table 17. Hours per week worked (NPs).

  • Table 18. Hours per week worked (PAs).

  • Table 19. How satisfied are you with your compensation (NPs)?

  • Table 20. How satisfied are you with your compensation (PAs)?

  • Table 21. Is taking call part of your salary or serves as additional income (NPs)?

  • Table 22. Is taking call part of your salary or serves as additional income (PAs)?

  • Table 23. Do you receive benefits such as health insurance and paid time off (NPs)?

  • Table 24. Do you receive benefits such as health insurance and paid time off (PAs)?

  • Table 25. Average NP salary per pay bracket.

  • Table 26. Average NP salary per pay bracket.

As Clinical Advisor continues to be a champion for the nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) audiences, we recognize that just as clinical practice has evolved over the past year, so too has compensation. Are you considering a career in a new location or specialty and unsure about how this change may affect your compensation? The results of the 2019 NP/PA Salary Survey are in and available to help guide your next big career move.

Much like the results from previous years, 2019 is no different, and more than half of all NPs and PAs who responded to the survey reported earning more this year compared with last year (51.2% and 53.7%, respectively).

While the wage gap persists between male and female advanced practice providers (APPs), it has narrowed this year. In 2018, men earned approximately $17,000 more than their female counterparts. In contrast, results from the 2019 salary survey indicate that male NPs earned approximately $11,000 more than female NPs, and male PAs earned approximately $15,000 more than female PAs.

The West coast remains the region with the highest average compensation, with NPs earning an average of $117,311 and PAs earning an average of $125,307. The majority of NPs surveyed reported practicing in suburban locations (38%); however, those practicing in urban locations (36.8%) earned the highest salary. Like NPs, the majority of PAs surveyed practiced in suburban locations (42.2%), but PAs working in rural areas earned the highest salary ($118,344).

Interestingly, family medicine is no longer the specialty in which the majority of NPs and PAs are employed (27% and 13.8%, respectively). Like last year, most NP and PA respondents practice in a stand-alone clinic but those working in hospitals reported earning the highest salary ($122,598 and $127,173, respectively). Additionally, 40.5% of NPs and 41.1% of PAs report working in more than one location, and more than half of respondents (57.2% of NPs and 51.4% of PAs) see an average of 26-75 patients per week.

The majority of NPs (40.6%) and PAs (45.2%) expressed satisfaction with their compensation, earning an average salary of $111,547 and $116,070, respectively; those that reportedly were very satisfied with their compensation earned an average per year of $120,623 (NPs) and $140,888 (PAs). NP and PA respondents who reported being very dissatisfied with their compensation earned <$100,000 annually. As to be expected, clinicians with <5 years of experience in the workforce earned the least.

Approximately 67% of NPs and 65% of PAs do not receive annual cost of living salary increases. Additionally, the majority of APPs (60.1% of NPs and 54.2% of PAs) do not receive bonuses. The majority of respondents do, however, receive financial reimbursement from their employer for CME (74.5% of NPs and 78.1% of PAs) as well as reimbursement for licensure fees (60.9% of NPs and 67.9% of PAs). However, only 25% of NPs and 21.9% of PAs report receiving reimbursement from their employer for tuition.

The majority of NPs and PAs anticipate earning as much or more than they currently earn in the year to come, with more than half of all clinician respondents expecting more money in their paychecks in 2020.

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