The average Nurse Practitioner salary in the state of California is $145,970 per year (or $70.18 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national average salary for nurse practioners is $114,510 (or $55.05 per hour).
The cost of living in a given region can impact what nurses tend to earn working in those areas. California scores a 142.3 on the Cost of Living Index in 2020, making it one of the highest states on the index. A high cost of living score means prices for food, housing, and transportation will be higher in comparison to other states.
|State||Avg. NP Salary||Avg. NP Salary (adjusted for COL)|
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Nurse Practitioner Salary Variation Across California
Nursing salaries in California vary by region. Typically, the highest-paying regions for NPs are in large metropolitan areas. Vallejo is at the top, with an average NP salary of $188,070. San Francisco comes in second with a $177,800 average NP salary. However, the Los Angeles metropolitan has a slightly lower NP salary of $142,770.
|CA Metro Area||Avg. NP Salary|
|El Centro, CA||$144,950|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||$142,770|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||$177,800|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||$153,240|
|New Bedford, MA||$147,510|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||$146,020|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||$145,740|
|Yuba City, CA||$145,080|
|Santa Rosa, CA||$143,820|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||$140,490|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||$122,020|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||$126,120|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||$124,350|
Nurse Practitioner Salary vs Similar Healthcare Professions in California
At $145,970 average annual salary, Nurse Practitioners in California tend to earn considerably more than other types of healthcare workers in the state.
Here’s how a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to NP salaries in California:
|Profession||# Employed in CA||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||71,320||$64,090|
Job Outlook for Nurse Practitioners in California
There are about 15,100 Nurse Practitioners in the state of California. In fact, this number is expected to increase by almost 31% from 2018 to 2028. This is an increase of more than 4,600 new NPs in the state in the coming years.