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10 Nurse Practitioner Specialties That Make $100K or More

Here are 10 specialties that can help nurse practitioners make the most money while bringing them the most job fulfillment.


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurse practitioners earned an average annual salary of $107,480, or about $51.68 per hour, in 2016. That said, NPs who choose to specialize may make much, much more. We’ve crunched the numbers and found 10 of the highest-paying nurse practitioner specialties that could help you earn more than $100,000 a year.


10 of the Highest Nurse Practitioner Salaries by Specialty

Below, we’ve provided a ranked table of 10 nurse practitioner specialties that earn more than $100,000 per year. To keep things relatively simple, we pulled all income data from The information was last updated in late December 2018.

Keep in mind that nurses in any specialty may make more (or less), depending on factors like facility type, experience, geographic location, and tenure.

Here are 10 of the highest-paying NP specialties, in order of highest to lowest average salary.

10 of the Highest NP Salaries by Specialty

Rank Position Average Salary Estimate
1 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner $120,680/year
2 Emergency Nurse Practitioner $110,222/year
3 Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner $108,900/year
4 Oncology Nurse Practitioner $108,654/year
5 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $106,385/year
6 Family Nurse Practitioner $105,760/year
7 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $103,200/year
8 Surgical Nurse Practitioner $103,000/year
9 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner $102,752/year
10 Women's Health Nurse Practitioner $101,535/year


The 411 on the 10 Highest-Paying Nurse Practitioner Specialties

You’re probably thinking: “Well, it’s great to know how much money I could make… but how do I get there? This specialty sounds interesting, but how do I know if it’s right for me?”

These are all great questions and ones we’re determined to help you answer. We researched each specialty and collected information on the points we thought would be most helpful to you. They are:

  • Estimated Average Salary
  • Typical Salary Range
  • Relevant National Associations To Know About
  • Duties & Responsibilities
  • National Certification(s) Available

For each specialty, we also provided a link to so you can see real-life job postings. In any kind of job hunt, reading through listings often can give you the best idea of whether a particular job or specialty is the right fit for you. Through this “recon” work, you’ll be able to see the specific skills, certifications, and educational backgrounds that prospective employers are looking for. And, ultimately, you’ll be able to decide whether it sounds like the right fit for you or if you need to keep looking.

Good luck and happy job-hunting!

1) Neonatal Nurse Practitioner


2) Emergency Nurse Practitioner


3) Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

  • Average Salary Estimate: $108,900/year
  • Typical Salary Range: $101,700 - $115,800
  • Relevant National Association(s): The following are two important associations that aspiring orthopedic NPs should know about:
  • Summary of Duties & Responsibilities: Depending on your particular state’s nurse practice act, the duties and responsibilities of an orthopedic NP can include:
    • Providing recovery care (e.g., replacing dressings, emptying drains)
    • Setting broken bones, applying casts
    • Some may be able to assist with surgeries
    • Performing physical exams
    • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, scans (e.g., X-rays), and treatments
    • Prescribing medication to help with patients’ pain management
    • Caring for patients with musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan
    • Prepping for surgery
    • Informing and educating patients and their families regarding their rehabilitation journey and on how to care for patients once they’ve left hospital
  • National Certification(s) Available: Our research found that this is the most common certification that orthopedic NPs tend to pursue:
  • Where To Find Jobs in This Field: Click here to find real-life examples of jobs you could get as an orthopedic NP.


4) Oncology Nurse Practitioner


5) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


6) Family Nurse Practitioner


7) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


8) Surgical Nurse Practitioner


9) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


10) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Berxi™ or Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company. This article (subject to change without notice) is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute professional advice.

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