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Highest Paying Industries for Nurse Practitioners

The top 100 highest paying industries for nurse practitioners (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $114,530, business, professional, labor, political, and similar organizations is the highest paying industry for nurse practitioners. It is followed by colleges, universities, and professional schools - local government owned industry (average annual salary $113,740). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of nurse practitioners in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Nurse Practitioners

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$114,530
n/a
2 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$113,740
50
3 Temporary Help Services
$112,750
610
4 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$112,400
1,920
5 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$111,870
2,070
6 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$111,510
180
7 Employment Services
$108,850
1,140
8 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$108,260
390
9 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$107,640
120
10 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$107,040
1,390
11 Administrative and Support Services
$107,030
1,390
12 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$106,200
140
13 Personal Care Services
$106,080
210
14 Personal and Laundry Services
$106,080
210
15 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$105,310
290
16 General Merchandise Stores
$105,110
n/a
17 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$101,290
220
18 Hospitals - Privately owned
$101,280
29,350
19 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$100,600
27,000
20 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$100,430
35,210
21 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$99,920
32,310
22 Office Administrative Services
$99,870
230
23 Insurance Carriers
$99,610
170
24 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$99,210
160
25 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$99,030
440
26 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$98,780
890
27 Retail Trade
$98,120
120
28 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$97,900
4,030
29 Hospitals - Local government owned
$97,780
4,070
30 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$97,670
1,910
31 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$97,360
40
32 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$97,160
230
33 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$97,150
480
34 Outpatient Care Centers
$96,770
9,390
35 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$96,730
470
36 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$96,650
130
37 Scientific Research and Development Services
$96,340
400
38 Health Care and Social Assistance
$95,580
111,880
39 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$95,510
6,050
40 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$94,960
310
41 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$94,950
380
42 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$94,590
830
43 Other Residential Care Facilities
$94,520
70
44 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$93,860
73,250
45 Individual and Family Services
$93,650
820
46 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$93,590
2,980
47 Offices of Physicians
$93,490
57,100
48 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$93,420
2,280
49 Social Assistance
$93,200
910
50 Hospitals - State government owned
$93,160
1,780
51 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$93,130
350
52 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$93,020
450
53 Offices of Chiropractors
$92,870
120
54 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$92,720
1,270
55 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$92,580
50
56 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$92,560
280
57 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$92,440
10,620
58 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$92,440
330
59 Finance and Insurance
$92,380
330
60 Educational Services - Privately owned
$92,180
1,790
61 Home Health Care Services
$92,140
3,090
62 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$92,060
1,730
63 Health and Personal Care Stores
$91,880
n/a
64 Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$91,730
n/a
65 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$91,400
360
66 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$90,660
3,570
67 Educational Services
$90,420
3,760
68 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$90,320
1,800
69 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$88,930
1,800
70 Educational Services - State government owned
$88,920
1,800
71 Manufacturing
$88,700
100
72 State government, including schools and hospitals
$88,590
4,560
73 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$87,510
180
74 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$86,000
160
75 Other Insurance Related Activities
$85,840
150
76 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$85,790
2,780
77 Federal, State, and Local Government
$85,790
2,780
78 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$84,470
140
79 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$83,850
50
80 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$82,330
2,510
81 Educational Services - Local government owned
$81,900
170
82 Offices of Optometrists
$81,380
n/a
83 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$79,820
70
84 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$79,790
980
85 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$79,290
720
86 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$78,060
1,270
87 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$77,880
n/a
88 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$76,770
n/a
89 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$60,680
100
90 Educational Support Services
$36,700
30
See also: Highest paying cities for nurse practitioners.