Average Nurse Practitioner Salary in California

Nurse practitioners in California earn an average of $151,830 per year (or $72.99 per hour).

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28% higher than the national average
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California nurse practitioners earn 28% higher than the national average salary for NPs, at $118,040 (or $56.75 per hour).

Nurse practitioner salary range in California

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile N/A N/A
75th Percentile $170,900 $82
Median $149,910 $72
25th Percentile $127,240 $61

Cost-of-living adjusted nurse practitioner salary in California

Cost-Of-Living Adjusted
Overall Average

Adjusted for cost-of-living, California NPs earn about $137,527 per year. Cost-of-living in California is 10% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in California for nurse practitioners

Santa Clara, CA $197,870 per year
Napa, CA $184,700 per year
Vallejo, CA $180,380 per year
San Francisco, CA $177,160 per year
Yuba City, CA $159,260 per year
Arroyo Grande, CA $153,300 per year
Roseville, CA $153,050 per year
Santa Rosa, CA $152,150 per year
Watsonville, CA $150,280 per year
Fresno, CA $147,760 per year

California nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where nurse practitioners are paid the highest is Santa Clara, where the average NPs salary is $197,870 and 1,220 nurse practitioners are currently employed. The Napa area comes in second, with a $184,700 average NP salary and 90 nurse practitioners employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in California?

Nurse Anesthetist $232,540 per year
Nurse Midwife $159,590 per year
Registered Nurse $124,000 per year
Dental Hygienist $109,970 per year
Physical Therapist $104,500 per year
Licensed Practical Nurse $65,140 per year
Pharmacy Technician $49,990 per year

At a $151,830 average annual salary, NPs in California tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($232,540) and nurse midwives ($159,590). They tend to earn more than registered nurses ($124,000), dental hygienists ($109,970), physical therapists ($104,500), licensed practical nurses ($65,140), and pharmacy technicians ($49,990).

More about nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners are licensed, advanced practice nurses who specialize in managing patients' healthcare and preventing diseases. They often work autonomously and have their own practices. Their duties involve diagnosing diseases, treating illnesses, and performing diagnostic tests, among other things. Every nurse practitioner has to choose a speciality. Some of the more common nurse practitioner roles include family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and psychiatric nurse practitioner.

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