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If making money is your M.O. as a nurse practitioner, you’ve got plenty of job options. While some areas of the country are notoriously low paying, others deliver big when it comes to NP salaries. So, if pay is a serious consideration in your job search (as it should be), consider these locations for your next career transition.

Don’t forget to take cost of living and the job market into account as you evaluate your cities of interest. Your dollars will go much further in some locations than others. 

1. Columbus, Indiana

Annual Mean Wage: $146,450

Hourly Mean Wage: $70.41

 

2. San Jose, CA 

Annual Mean Wage: $139,570

Hourly Mean Wage: $67.10

 

3. Vallejo, CA

Annual Mean Wage: $127,860

Hourly Mean Wage: $61.47

 

4. San Francisco, CA

Annual Mean Wage: $127,790

Hourly Mean Wage: $61.44

 

5. Honolulu, HI

Annual Mean Wage: $126,550

Hourly Mean Wage: $60.84

 

6. Lafayette, IN

Annual Mean Wage: $126,170

Hourly Mean Wage: $60.66

 

7. Texarkana, TX

Annual Mean Wage: $125,020

Hourly Mean Wage: $60.10

 

8. Visalia, CA 

Annual Mean Wage: $123,580

Hourly Mean Wage: $59.41

 

9. New Bedford, MA

Annual Mean Wage: $123,470

Hourly Mean Wage: $59.36

 

10. McAllen, TX

Annual Mean Wage: $121,790

Hourly Mean Wage: $58.55

 

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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2 thoughts on “10 Highest Paying Cities for Nurse Practitioners”

  • Cara Randall says:

    What are the sources for this info? I love Columbus, IN, but that seems like a very high starting wage for an NP! I hope it’s true, though.

  • Hi Cara,

    This information comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries can certainly be influenced by the number of NPs working in the area. For example, in places where there are few nurse practitioners stats may be skewed. 

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