May 17, 2012 | | Comments 1
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Nurse salary survey reveals differences based on experience and region

Physicians Practice released the results of its 2012 Staff Salary Survey last month, revealing salary information about nurse practitioners (NP), registered nurses (RN), nurse managers, physician assistants, medical assistants, and medical billers from across the country.  According to the survey, NPs with 3-5 years of experience earned an average of $80,903, while NPs with more than 20 years of experience earned an average of $90,794.

The average RN with 3-5 years of experience earned $50,964, while those with 20 plus years of experience earned $65,046. Nurse managers in those years of experience categories earned $60,179 and $75,324, respectively.

The survey also breaks down average salaries by region. Nurses in the western states, including California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oregon, earned the most money. The average salary for NPs across all experience levels came to $91,827, and RNs averaged $61,283 across all experience levels. NPs from western states with 20 or more years of experience earned an average of $105,900 annually.

The Mid-Atlantic region revealed the lowest average incomes for RNs, who earned $51,154 when averaged across all experience levels. The Southeast region saw the lowest average compensation for NPs ($78,091) across all levels of experience.

You can view the full results of the 2012 Staff Salary Survey here.

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About the Author: Katrina Gravel is an editor for the Education division of HCPro.

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