The 10 States With The Highest Nurse Practitioner Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Mississippi
  2. Wyoming
  3. Texas
  4. Michigan
  5. Arkansas
  6. Minnesota
  7. Iowa
  8. Georgia
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Indiana

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Mississippi
  • These Are The 100 Largest Companies In Mississippi

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for nurse practitioners from the 2018 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 $133780, so our index value would be:

$133,780 * (100 / 135.9) = $98,440

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 Mississippi $127,706 $109,700 85.9
2 Wyoming $126,394 $116,030 91.8
3 Texas $122,447 $111,060 90.7
4 Michigan $120,089 $106,880 89.0
5 Arkansas $119,747 $104,300 87.1
6 Minnesota $118,214 $119,160 100.8
7 Iowa $116,802 $106,290 91.0
8 Georgia $116,794 $106,750 91.4
9 Oklahoma $115,784 $103,280 89.2
10 Indiana $115,307 $103,200 89.5
11 Utah $113,806 $105,840 93.0
12 New Mexico $113,792 $109,810 96.5
13 Missouri $113,351 $102,470 90.4
14 Nebraska $113,318 $103,800 91.6
15 Arizona $113,010 $110,750 98.0
16 Illinois $111,839 $105,800 94.6
17 Washington $111,834 $117,650 105.2
18 Idaho $111,400 $102,600 92.1
19 Louisiana $111,118 $105,340 94.8
20 North Carolina $110,862 $104,100 93.9
21 Kansas $110,600 $99,430 89.9
22 Wisconsin $110,320 $106,790 96.8
23 Kentucky $110,265 $99,790 90.5
24 Nevada $108,944 $112,540 103.3
25 Ohio $108,710 $101,970 93.8
26 West Virginia $107,805 $100,690 93.4
27 Tennessee $107,371 $95,990 89.4
28 Colorado $107,138 $111,210 103.8
29 Delaware $106,844 $108,340 101.4
30 North Dakota $106,841 $106,200 99.4
31 Alabama $105,230 $95,970 91.2
32 Virginia $104,335 $105,170 100.8
33 Florida $102,848 $101,100 98.3
34 Montana $102,688 $103,510 100.8
35 South Carolina $100,715 $99,910 99.2
36 New Jersey $100,164 $122,100 121.9
37 California $98,440 $133,780 135.9
38 South Dakota $97,097 $100,690 103.7
39 Pennsylvania $96,893 $98,250 101.4
40 Oregon $95,164 $110,010 115.6
41 Alaska $93,729 $122,880 131.1
42 New Hampshire $93,555 $109,460 117.0
43 Maine $93,158 $103,220 110.8
44 Connecticut $92,419 $118,020 127.7
45 New York $92,343 $120,970 131.0
46 Massachusetts $92,008 $122,740 133.4
47 Maryland $91,681 $115,060 125.5
48 Rhode Island $90,546 $109,290 120.7
49 Vermont $87,530 $106,000 121.1
50 Hawaii $71,810 $120,570 167.9
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