Women’s Health NP Salaries
I got a phone call this morning from a women's health NP and midwife in Tallahassee who was about to walk into salary negotiations. She was afraid her practice was trying to lowball her.
But it turns out that the going rate for women's health NPs is quite a bit lower than for other specialties -- in fact, it's number 18 out of 21 full-time specialty categories. The top paying specialty in our 2009 survey of almost 6,000 nurse practitioners was aesthetics/skin care with an average annual salary of $105,152 (median $100,000); NPs in family practice, number 15 on our list, netted only $86,520 on average (median $83,000). Women's health NPs made even less -- their average annual salary was $83,319 ($80,000 median).
You can find these specialty numbers here and the entire report here.
My caller was interested in what NPs in Tallahassee make. Unfortunately, not enough women's health NPs from the city filled out the survey to provide a meaningful estimate. I could tell her only that NPs in the area made $95,083 on average (median $80,500) and that women's health NPs in Florida made an average annual salary of $77,498 (median $79,194).
So first, here's a plug for filling out the next survey, in 2011. The more NPs who fill out the survey, the more refined our estimates can get.
And second, why do women's health NPs earn lower salaries?