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Urban Settings Don’t Always Pay More

Published April 1, 2010 3:20 PM by Jill Rollet
Lately some NPs have let me know that potential employers in rural areas might be discounting pay rates based on the assumptions that published NP wage rates are for urban areas and that urban sites pay more. The NPs have asked whether I know the rate for rural practices in their state.

Based on data from the 2009 National Salary and Workplace Survey of Nurse Practitioners, we found that nationally NPs in rural areas made about 7% less per hour than their urban counterparts (median $43/hour urban vs. $40/hour rural). But that doesn't tell the whole story.

When examined state by state, the generalization doesn't necessarily hold. Below are median hourly part-time wage rates for NPs in each state broken down by rural and urban settings (the urban figures are on the right and in italics, and blanks indicate areas where there were fewer than 5 responses).

In 16 of the 39 states with data available, rural NPs made a higher part-time hourly wage than urban NPs did. Can we draw any generalizations from these figures?

Median Hourly Part-Time Wages by State for NPs Working in Rural vs. Urban (in italics) Settings

AK:  $56  $45     
AL:          $35     
AR:  $49  $45
AZ:  $40  $49     
CA:  $44  $50                 
CO:  $41  $35     
CT:  $45  $45
DC:          $42
DE:  $75     
FL:  $40  $42
GA:  $40  $42
HI:           $42
IA:  $41  $36
ID:           $33
IL:  $39  $42
IN:  $36 $39
KS:  $41  $42
KY:  $40  $44
LA:  $60  $45
MA:  $54  $43
ME:  $38  $33
MI:  $38  $38
MN:  $96  $45
MO:  $38  $36
MS:  $48  $48
MT:  $35  $45
NC:  $45  $40
ND:  $29     
NE:         $35
NH:  $40  $36
NJ:  $45  $47     
NM:  $60  $53
NV:         $54
NY:  $34  $48
OH:  $36  $40
OK:  $35  $45
OR:  $50  $45
PA:  $33  $39
RI:           $44
SC:  $32  $47
SD:  $39     
TN:  $40  $43
TX:  $44  $42
UT:         $53
VA:  $41  $53
VT:  $44  $37
WA:  $55  $42
WI:  $40  $40
WV:  $40     
WY:  $50     

1 comments

Please excuse the table formatting!

Jill Rollet, ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners - managing editor April 1, 2010 3:30 PM

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