Monday, February 22, 2021

20 Best Metro Markets for Nurse Practitioner Pay

In a commentary last December we reviewed Nurse Practitioner Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets.  As is the case with most healthcare professions, the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. are big centers for nurse practitioner employment.  However, it is in smaller metro markets, not the large ones, where nurse practitioners often times find better average compensation levels. This is readily evident in May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reveals that only three of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for nurse practitioner pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 150 $175,060
2 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 390 $160,110
3 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 1,930 $157,150
4 Longview, WA 30 $150,520
5 Sumter, SC 50 $147,210
6 Redding, CA 70 $145,690
7 Salinas, CA 100 $145,060
8 Rochester, MN N/A $144,980
9 New Bedford, MA 100 $144,450
10 Modesto, CA 200 $143,530
11 Fairbanks, AK 40 $142,540
12 Riverside-San Bernardino (#) 1,540 $140,600
13 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 150 $138,350
14 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 4,090 $138,340
15 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 110 $137,750
16 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 950 $136,630
17 Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 70 $136,240
18 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 $135,700
19 Santa Rosa, CA 190 $135,410
20 Bakersfield, CA 220 $135,130
National 200,600 $111,840

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on December 5, 2020