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Nurse Practitioners Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for nurse practitioners in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of nurse practitioners among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Nurse Practitioners in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$83,950
25th Percentile Wage
$102,210
50th Percentile Wage
$120,530
75th Percentile Wage
$149,460
90th Percentile Wage
$183,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for nurse practitioners in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $183,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $120,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $83,950.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40.36
25th Percentile Wage
$49.14
50th Percentile Wage
$57.95
75th Percentile Wage
$71.86
90th Percentile Wage
$88.27

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for nurse practitioners in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $88.27. The median hourly salary is $57.95. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40.36.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of nurse practitioners from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016120,5302.10%16.12%
2015118,0003.36%-
2014114,0403.95%-
2013109,5407.70%-
2012101,100--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Nurse Practitioners in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of nurse practitioners in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of nurse practitioners in state of California ranges from $96,390 to $170,380. The highest paying area for nurse practitioners in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $170,380. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $151,000). The lowest paying area is Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta with a median annual salary of $96,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$170,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$151,000
Vallejo-Fairfield
$146,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$136,750
Madera-Chowchilla
$128,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$127,950
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$125,640
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$123,720
Visalia-Porterville
$121,610
Napa
$120,980
Bakersfield-Delano
$119,840
Salinas
$119,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$114,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$113,980
Stockton
$113,430
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$112,920
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$112,710
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$112,690
Modesto
$112,080
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$111,640
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$111,330
Merced
$110,650
Hanford-Corcoran
$109,090
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$106,180
Chico
$105,280
Fresno
$99,770
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$99,150
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$97,000
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$96,390


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