These Are The 10 States With The Highest Nurse Practitioner Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do nurse practitioners get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for nurse practitioners by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for nurse practitioners by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for nurse practitioners after this adjustment? That would be Nurse Practitioners.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Texas
  3. Mississippi
  4. Indiana
  5. Georgia
  6. Michigan
  7. North Carolina
  8. Utah
  9. Arizona
  10. Kansas

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for nurse practitioners from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $124330, so our index value would be:

$124,330 * (100 / 135.9) = $91,486

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for nurse practitioners.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Nurse Practitioner Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $123,115 $113,020 91.8
2 Texas $121,345 $110,060 90.7
3 Mississippi $116,274 $99,880 85.9
4 Indiana $110,882 $99,240 89.5
5 Georgia $110,131 $100,660 91.4
6 Michigan $109,876 $97,790 89.0
7 North Carolina $109,787 $103,090 93.9
8 Utah $109,752 $102,070 93.0
9 Arizona $108,948 $106,770 98.0
10 Kansas $108,398 $97,450 89.9
11 New Mexico $108,373 $104,580 96.5
12 Iowa $107,659 $97,970 91.0
13 Ohio $106,268 $99,680 93.8
14 Idaho $106,036 $97,660 92.1
15 Minnesota $105,972 $106,820 100.8
16 Tennessee $104,910 $93,790 89.4
17 Kentucky $104,740 $94,790 90.5
18 Illinois $103,911 $98,300 94.6
19 Louisiana $103,871 $98,470 94.8
20 Colorado $103,236 $107,160 103.8
21 Missouri $103,030 $93,140 90.4
22 Nebraska $102,762 $94,130 91.6
23 Arkansas $102,686 $89,440 87.1
24 Washington $102,091 $107,400 105.2
25 Delaware $101,676 $103,100 101.4
26 Wisconsin $101,497 $98,250 96.8
27 Alabama $101,019 $92,130 91.2
28 Virginia $100,257 $101,060 100.8
29 Nevada $99,922 $103,220 103.3
30 West Virginia $99,453 $92,890 93.4
31 Oregon $98,079 $113,380 115.6
32 Florida $97,304 $95,650 98.3
33 Oklahoma $96,322 $85,920 89.2
34 North Dakota $95,835 $95,260 99.4
35 South Carolina $95,695 $94,930 99.2
36 New Jersey $94,528 $115,230 121.9
37 South Dakota $94,011 $97,490 103.7
38 Pennsylvania $93,234 $94,540 101.4
39 Alaska $92,486 $121,250 131.1
40 New Hampshire $92,452 $108,170 117.0
41 California $91,486 $124,330 135.9
42 Montana $91,388 $92,120 100.8
43 Rhode Island $90,662 $109,430 120.7
44 Maine $89,476 $99,140 110.8
45 Connecticut $88,919 $113,550 127.7
46 Massachusetts $88,350 $117,860 133.4
47 New York $86,603 $113,450 131.0
48 Maryland $86,191 $108,170 125.5
49 Hawaii $69,791 $117,180 167.9