Nurse practitioner workforce, earnings surged 2010-2017, Census survey finds

Kelly Gooch - Print  | 

The number and average inflation-adjusted earnings of full-time-equivalent nurse practitioners grew the most in hospital settings from 2010 to 2017, according to a study published in Health Affairs

The study — led by researchers at Bozeman-based Montana State University and Hanover, N.H.-based Dartmouth College — examined the nurse practitioner workforce from 2010 through 2017 using data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. 

Researchers found that the number of full-time equivalent nurse practitioners in the U.S. surged 109 percent during the study period, from about 91,000 to 190,000. 

Growth in the nurse practitioner workforce primarily occurred in hospitals, physician offices and outpatient care clinics. On average, nurse practitioners in all settings saw 5.5 percent inflation-adjusted earnings growth.

Here are the number and average inflation-adjusted earnings of full-time equivalent nurse practitioners in each healthcare setting, based on the study.



2010: 34,616
2017: 74,642 

Physician offices 

2010: 21,844
2017: 48,942

Outpatient care centers 

2010: 13,612
2017:  32,967


2010: 19,244
2017: 32,122

Average earnings

2010: $98,269
2017: $101,243 

Physician offices 

2010: $87,443
2017: $90,475

Outpatient care centers 

2010: $86,565
2017: $94,560


2010: $80,935
2017: $88,176 



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