Nurse practitioners continue to see their role in the healthcare system in our country grow. With nationwide changes in access to health care coverage, a growing elderly population, and other trends, there is a greater need than ever for qualified NPs to take on the expanded duties being entrusted to them.
At NP PA Recruiters, we know that the demand for qualified NPs means that there will be more jobs than ever in the upcoming years for new graduates and those looking for mid-career moves. That’s the best kind of news for any profession, knowing that opportunities exist both now and in the future for your respective career.
As the job market follows this upward path, there are certain states that have more NPs employed in their health care systems than others, and which are likely to see continued growth. There are also certain states where an NP can expect to have a larger annual salary on average.
These types of trends and facts are things that all job hunters would do well to stay informed about when deciding on where to apply for work.
States With the Highest Number of NPs Employed
There are currently over 234,000 licensed NPs in the United States as of 2017, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). For states at the top of this list for total working NPs, there tends to be a correlation between the number of these professionals in a state and the total population.
Essentially, states with more people living in them have more NPs as a part of their workforce.
The last U.S. Census, taken in 2010, had the following order for the five most heavily populated states:
4) New York
As of May of last year, the five states with the most NPs serving in some capacity were as follows:
1) New York
A quick glance is all it takes to see that the top four states are the same in each list, the only thing that changes is the order. New York and California are the only two states that have over 10,000 licensed NPs serving their residents. Both Florida and Texas had nearly 9,000 in their health care systems.
Perhaps the only statistical outlier was Ohio, though not by much, as it came in at number seven on the population list in the last census.
States with the Highest Average Annual Salary for an NP
While many people say money is not the most important thing in the world, it still must be factored into the decision any recent NP graduate or mid-career job seeker makes when applying for a position. The list of the states with the highest average yearly NP salary looks a little bit different than the one for most jobs:
1) California – $124,330
2) Alaska – $121,250
3) Massachusetts – $117,860
4) Hawaii – $117,180
5) New Jersey – $115,230
Only California makes the top five on both lists. But, as is the case with the other four states in the salary top five, the average pay for an NP in California comes with a bit of an asterisk.
That is because the average costs of living in California(4th), Alaska(6th), Massachusetts(5th), Hawaii(1st), and New Jersey(11th) are all among the highest in the nation. This suggests the need for a prospective NP to do their homework, especially on how these cost reports are broken down, in order to decide how they would need to plan financially for life in a particular state.
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While looking for a job is never a stress-free undertaking, there is no need for any extended bouts of worry for NP professionals. The perfect job is out there for you, whether you decide based on where you want to live or how much you can make.
Our team at NP PA Recruiters is here for you no matter where you are in your career. Contact us today at (956) 772-1400 or at (214) 351-3880 and let us help you find the right place for you to put your skills to work.
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