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Nurse practitioner hours are down, salaries are up (again)

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According to a 2013 survey, full-time salaries for nurse practitioners (NPs) in the U.S. rose more than $8,000 between 2011 and 2013.

Nurse practitioners employed on an hourly basis saw just under $3 in higher wages in 2013 compared to 2011.

What’s more, nurse practitioners seem to be getting a bit of a reprieve in the number of hours they have to work for a particular wage, be it full-time or for hourly pay.

And there’s a growing demand for more of them.

Over the last decade, the number of nurse practitioners working in the U.S. has exploded from an estimated 97,000 to more than 189,000.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), such NPs are working in all areas of specialization.

And as we mentioned a few months ago in our earlier outlook for nurse practitioner careers, that’s good news if you’re already in this field and better news if you’re considering going into it.

Thanks to the triple-headed healthcare challenge that includes sweeping reforms, the looming doctor shortage of 2020 (and-beyond), and the skyrocketing medical needs of baby boomers, nurse practitioners are more in demand than ever and salaries are reflecting this:

According to the National Salary Survey, the median annual salary for nurse practitioners has increased in the last decade from $69,203 to $90,700. Perhaps even more impressively, the top 10% of NPs in the country earn more than $120,000.

And the future job forecast for nurse practitioners is only getting better:

NP employment opportunities are expected to keep on the rise through 2025 and beyond.

Unemployment rates for aspiring NPs are extremely low…and malpractice rates are virtually nonexistent.

Check out this infographic from the AANP for even more plusses to entering this area of the healthcare profession.

Are you going through to become a nurse practitioner  or thinking of it?

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American Association of Nurse Practitioners

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Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!