SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Nurse Practitioner Week, Doximity, the leading professional network for clinicians, launched Career Navigator, the first interactive salary map for nurse practitioners by specialty and county.
Career Navigator was built using Doximity's extensive nurse practitioner network, which includes 25% of all US nurse practitioners. Every nurse practitioner has the opportunity to submit his or her salary and access the full map for free. Nurse practitioners can scroll through the interactive map to investigate salary differences by geography and specialty.
The nurse practitioner profession is expected to grow rapidly by 31% within the next decade - much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will occur mainly due to an aging population, as well as an increased emphasis on preventative care. As the nurse practitioner profession grows, they can utilize Career Navigator to view regional and specialty-specific salary trends across the country.
Key findings from 2016 Nurse Practitioner Career Navigator:
Gender discrepancies exist across specialties While 87% of nurse practitioners are female, men make 11% more than women on average. The specialty with the largest pay gap is Geriatrics, where men make about 13% more than women. The smallest pay gap exists in Acute Care, where men make 2% more than women.
Salary varies by specialty The highest paid specialty overall is Psychiatric-Mental Health, with Neonatal coming in as a close second. The lowest paid specialities are Women's Health and Pediatric.
State salaries vary for nurse practitioners We found the average compensation for nurse practitioners is highest in California by a significant margin. Coming in second and third place are Nevada and Oregon.
Independent practice states show higher salaries, but not by much Our findings showed that nurse practitioners in the 21 states with the option of independent practicing made 4% more than their counterparts in states without independent practice options.
Pay for nurse practitioners is similar in rural and urban areas We found that nurse practitioners in both rural and urban areas had relatively similar salaries, with nurse practitioners in rural areas making 1.4% more than those in urban areas. Previously, we have found that physicians in rural areas see an average of $1,500 more in salary each year compared to those in urban areas. However, we also found that PAs in urban areas make approximately 5% more than PAs in rural areas.
To explore salaries and learn more visit the 2016 Nurse Practitioner Career Navigator here.
About Doximity Launched in 2011, Doximity (www.doximity.com) connects clinicians to make them more successful and productive. With more than half of all US physicians as members, collaborating across every specialty and academic medical center, Doximity is the largest secure medical network in the country. Doximity is headquartered in San Francisco and was created by the founders of Epocrates.