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Reasons to Pursue a Family Nurse Practitioner Career

December 17, 2018 by Nursing@USC Staff

Nurses who pursue a family nurse practitioner (FNP) career today can expect to enjoy more autonomy and greater responsibility — all while making a difference in the lives of individuals and within the greater health care system. Possessing advanced education and training, nurse practitioners (NPs) can also benefit from a variety of career choices, such as specializing as an FNP, that align with their personal and professional goals. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 60.6 percent of NPs opt for certification as an FNP. Here, we examine NP salary by state and some of the NP career options that are available today, as well as the outlook of FNP jobs.

Nurse Practitioner Salary by State

The mean NP salary is $107,480 annually with a mean hourly rate of $51.68 across the country, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Practice location is one of many factors that can affect NP and FNP salaries. BLS data show that the mean salary for NP jobs is highest in California, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Connecticut — ranging from an average mean salary of $118,500 in Connecticut to $126,770 in California.

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