How much does an FNP make?
Family Nurse Practitioner Salary


How Much Does a Family Nurse Practitioner Make?

Herzing Staff
May 30, 2019

Becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a great way to boost your earning potential as a nurse. Across various specialties, nurse practitioners earned an average annual salary of $107,030 per year ($52.90 per hour) in the US in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The job outlook for nurse practitioners is also very positive. The BLS projects 36 percent employment growth for nurse practitioners from 2016 through 2026, well above the national average across all occupations.

If you’re interested in advancing your nursing career and expanding your scope of practice, then becoming an NP might be a good track for you.

Salary for a FNP depends largely on the state where you’re employed and what kind of medical institution you’re working in (physician’s office, private practice, hospital, clinic, urgent care center, etc.). Find out where nurse practitioners most often work and the average salary estimates for each type of healthcare facility.

Family nurse practitioner average salary by state

One of the most important determining factors in how much you can make is the state of employment. Find the average annual salary for a nurse practitioner by state:

Average nurse practitioner salary by state
StatePer yearPer hour
District of Columbia$109,800$52.79
New Hampshire$109,460$52.62
New Jersey$122,100$58.70
New Mexico$109,810$52.80
New York$120,970$58.16
North Carolina$104,100$50.05
North Dakota$106,200$51.06
Rhode Island$109,290$52.54
South Carolina$99,910$48.03
South Dakota$100,690$48.41
West Virginia$100,690$48.41
All U.S. wage data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Where do family nurse practitioners most often work?

NPs can practice in all kinds of different settings, such as outpatient clinics, hospitals, emergency departments, private physician or NP offices, nursing homes, schools and colleges, and public health departments.

Nurse practitioners most often work in physician’s offices and private practice environments, according to the BLS.

Industries with the highest level of nurse practitioner employment
IndustryEmploymentPer yearPer hour
Offices of physicians84,720$107,530$51.70
General medical and surgical hospitals44,160$113,900$54.76
Outpatient care centers17,270$116,550$56.04
Offices of other health practitioners5,750$111,520$53.62
Colleges, universities, professional schools5,390$100,770$48.45
Employment and wage data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What kind of nurse practitioners get paid the most? It’s highly variable depending on where you work. According to the BLS, the highest paid nurse practitioners work in the personal care services industry, averaging $139,770 per year ($67.20 per hour). The top 10 percentile of nurse practitioners overall earn more than $150,000 per year.

What is a family nurse practitioner and what do they do?

A family nurse practitioner (FNP) specializes in family practice and sees patients of all ages. Their role includes health promotion, wellness and disease management, and also treating chronic, episodic illnesses.

Due to demand for medical care and a relative shortage of doctors, nurse practitioners are more and more acting independently in primary care, especially in rural locations. FNP’s have much more autonomy over patient care than most other types of nurses.

Get a detailed description about what a nurse practitioner does directly from a real, certified NP.

The difference between FNP and NP

The difference between general nurse practitioners and family nurse practitioners is:

  • Nurse practitioners may specialize in psychiatric, pediatric, geriatric, women’s health, or dermatologic care, among many other possibilities.
  • A family nurse practitioner specializes in family practice, which can cover one or many of these specialties.

Rather than focusing on a particular age group or medical area, an FNP’s responsibilities include primary and comprehensive care through the patient’s lifespan. A career as an FNP could be right for you if you are interested in providing a higher level of care for a diverse patient population and in a variety of healthcare settings.

How do you become a family nurse practitioner?

You won’t find an entry level job as a nurse practitioner starting at the range of salaries listed above. This represents one of the highest heights in the nursing profession, and you’ll need years of schooling to reach this level. Requirements for the Herzing FNP program include being an actively licensed RN in the state you live, and a BSN degree from an accredited university or college with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Herzing University offers an accredited online FNP program for nurses looking to reach the next level of education and advance their career. With Herzing, you can complete your MSN-FNP in as little as 20 months. Not including the clinical component, you can complete your nurse practitioner degree 100% online.

Board certification is required for NPs in most states after completing the program of study. The two main board certifying bodies are the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Both certifications enable FNPs to work in any clinical setting in any state. The ANCC certification is also designed to certify nurses for educator roles in an academic setting.

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