It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s that awkward week between Christmas and the New Year where we tip-toe the line between being mentally in holiday mode but are technically back at work. I like to use this week as a time to wrap up 2017 projects, clear out my inbox and generally get organized for a fresh 2018 start. I also enjoy taking a look back and reviewing the past year’s highlights. So, this week that’s where we’re headed on ThriveAP. We’ll be featuring your favorite posts from 2017. Today, we’re starting with our top blog posts about nurse practitioner and physician assistant salaries.

If you’re an NP or PA, it’s natural to keep your eye out on salary news. After all, you want to make your nurse practitioner or physician assistant career as profitable as possible. This year we talked a lot about dollars and cents on MidevelU. Here are 2017’s top 10 salary posts.

1. Nurse Practitioners in These States Just Got Major Raises

As nurse practitioners become more widely utilized, and are able to offer a greater number of services to patients, employers recognize their growing value with compensation to match. Looking at the most recent trends in pay reveals that from 2015 to 2016, NPs in some states received a significant financial boost. Here are the states where nurse practitioners fared best based on data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading…

2. An FBI Hostage Negotiator Gives Advice for Getting the NP Salary You Want 

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I love action movies. Anything with war, drug trafficking, a hero and heroine uniting in dramatic fashion despite a spray of machine gun fire – yes, that’s the flick for me. So, when a family member suggested I read former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss’ book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, I was game. I figured that if I was going to read a book on professional development, it might as well be one authored by someone with some interesting stories and utmost credibility. With experience in high-stakes negotiation with bank robbers, terrorists, and international kidnappers, Voss fit the bill. Continue reading…

3. Nurse Practitioner Salaries are Decreasing in These Two States

While NP salaries remain decidedly lower than those for physicians, the positives associated with using nurse practitioners are driving NP salaries higher…in most states. Nurse practitioner salary data from theU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the mean annual wage for nurse practitioners decreased in two states from 2015 to 2016. Continue reading…

4. 5 Reasons You Didn’t Get the NP Raise You Asked For 

Not getting the answer you hoped for can make you question the validity of your hard work and whether this setting is the right place for you to continue your career as a nurse practitioner. Don’t beat yourself up too much just yet. There are many reasons why your employer may have denied your request and fortunately for you, not all of them are a poor reflection on your practice as an NP. Continue reading…

5. Where are Physician Assistant Salaries Decreasing?

Depending on the location where you practice, compensation can vary significantly if you’re an NP or PA. Cost of living, the job market and scope of practice laws in your state are just a few of the factors affecting pay. Last week we checked out states where physician assistant salaries have increased more than $10K. But, where is compensation for PAs decreasing? Continue reading…

6. What’s the Average Starting Salary for Nurse Practitioners?

With very little to no nurse practitioner experience, it’s natural to assume you won’t earn a top salary as a new grad. The same principle holds true for most professions. But, just how much can you expect to earn once you complete your nurse practitioner program? Continue reading…

7. Ask for These Perks if Your Boss Won’t Give You a Raise 

When you’re not able to negotiate a salary increase, there are several perks you can and should still ask for as a nurse practitioner that create a win-win for you and your employer that have little to no effect on the company’s bottom line. With a solid pitch, your boss will have a hard time saying no to these five perks. Continue reading…

8. Are Your Nurse Practitioner Salary Expectations Reasonable?

Compensation may not be the most important thing to you in your job search but it certainly enters the equation. You’re likely approaching your career transition with a salary expectation in mind. What’s your number? Continue reading…

9. Employee vs. Contractor: What’s the Difference for NPs?

There are many things to consider when deciding on a new nurse practitioner job-location, work culture, and schedule requirements, for starters. And another important consideration for most all of us is-money! When it comes to money, understanding the difference between being a nurse practitioner paid as an employee versus an independent contractor (IC) is critical. Continue reading…

10. 5 Tips to Avoid Awkwardness When Asking for a Raise

No matter how solid your case for a raise is, there always seems to be an awkward moment in the meeting that leaves you either flushed in the face with embarrassment or second guessing your efforts. Fortunately there are several things you can do to help alleviate the inevitable awkward moments and boost your confidence when asking for a raise in your nurse practitioner position. Continue reading…


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