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The pay is good. In 2012, nurse practitioners made a median salary of $89,960. The highest-paid 10 percent earned $120,500 and the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $64,100. Alaska is the top-paying state for this occupation, and Anchorage is one of the top-five best-paying cities for this profession overall. For the best salary potential, go west – to San Jose, Calif., specifically, where the average salary for nurse practitioners was $125,450 in 2012.

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Average Nurse Practitioner Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Nurse practitioners make comfortable salaries by any standards. In 2012, their average salary was $91,450, but consider licensed practical and vocational nurses’ average salary of $42,400, registered nurses’ average salary of $67,930 and respiratory therapists’ average salary of $57,200, and you’ll get some scope of how nurse practitioners’ pay stacks up to other health care jobs. Physical therapists also make good pay, but with an average salary of $81,110 in 2012, PTs still aren’t raking in as much as nurse practitioners.

Job Name Salary
Nurse Practitioner $89,960.00
Physical Therapist $79,860.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Respiratory Therapist $55,870.00
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse $41,540.00

Best Paying Cities for Nurse Practitioners

The highest paid in the nurse practitioner profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Jose, Calif., Texarkana, Texas, and Stockton, Calif. The Daytona Beach, Fla. area also pays well, as does the city of Anchorage, Alaska.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $125,450 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nurse practitioner working in San Jose, Calif. is $125,450, which is $35,490 more than the average pay in the profession.

Texarkana, Texas

Average Salary: $124,680 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nurse practitioner working in Texarkana, Texas is $124,680, which is $34,720 more than the average pay in the profession.

Stockton, Calif.

Average Salary: $121,200 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nurse practitioner working in Stockton, Calif. is $121,200, which is $31,240 more than the average pay in the profession.

Daytona Beach, Fla.

Average Salary: $120,880 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nurse practitioner working in Daytona Beach, Fla. is $120,880, which is $30,920 more than the average pay in the profession.

Anchorage, Alaska

Average Salary: $116,780 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nurse practitioner working in Anchorage, Alaska is $116,780, which is $26,820 more than the average pay in the profession.

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