Highest-paid specialties for NPs

Year over year, median total cash compensation for physician assistants and nurse practitioners climbed by 4.5 percent, according to a survey released Dec. 7 by consulting firm SullivanCotter. 

The "2022 Advanced Practice Provider Compensation and Productivity Survey" examines advanced practice provider median total cash compensation, which includes base pay plus performance incentives. It is based on data for nearly 700 organizations, including hospitals, health systems, medical groups and academic medical centers, representing more than 100,000 individual advanced practice providers. The 2022 data reflects total cash compensation from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021. 

Here are the specialties for nurse practitioners with the highest median total cash compensation, according to survey data shared with Becker's:

Pediatrics — neonatal-perinatal medicine: $144,461

Emergency medicine: $137,280

Hospitalist — internal medicine: $128,483

Psychiatry — general: $128,480

Oncology — hematology and oncology: $128,264

Urgent care: $127,320

General surgery: $127,133

Critical care medicine: $126,953

Internal medicine: $126,239

Pediatrics — general: $125,924

Obstetrics/gynecology — general: $123,594

Neurological surgery: $122,343

Cardiology — general: $121,984

Endocrinology and metabolism: $121,721

Family medicine: $120,682

Orthopedic surgery — general: $120,669

Pulmonology — general: $119,790

Neurology: $117,813

Gastroenterology: $116,329

Urology: $115,812

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