Salary Comparison: NP vs. PA vs. MD

Have you ever wondered how much less you as a nurse practitioner make than a physician practicing in your same specialty?  What about a physician assistant?  I receive a lot of questions regarding salary differences among different types of medical providers but have never taking a close look at the hard data.  Yesterday I did some number crunching and researched the average salaries of medical providers practicing in different specialties.

Based on national salary averages, here are my findings:

Keep in mind these numbers are based on national averages.  Salaries can vary significantly by region.  In some areas where nurse practitioners are more prevalent that physician assistants, salaries among NP's may be higher than for PA's and vice versa.  In other regions, salaries among nurse practitioners and physician assistants may be almost exactly the same.  Even within specialties and professions, salaries vary.  Dermatology clinics, for example, focusing primarily on aesthetics typically pay more to providers of all types than clinics sticking to a more medical model.  

Do these salary figures fit your personal observations?  



Well that is really good money for Psych NP therefore, I made the decision to go back and get mt psych NP certificate. JKS what state are you working as a psych NP.

Mihaela Pendos

Everyone should be respectful of each profession. I am a master's prepared FNP. I am currently working towards my doctorate. A DNP doesn't get me more money; I get me more money. I want the doctorate to provide the best care to my patients. It is my understanding that Physician Assistants require a masters degree, not a Baccalaureate. As far as the patients we see, we are all about the same. We are the ones they look to for there healthcare needs. I am proud to be an FNP. Yes I am a nurse first, that is why my patients love me. Nurse practitioners handle patient holistically and not just treat disease processes. This survey is just that. I think salary is dependent on the individual. Each professional decided to follow the path for there own personal reasons, it doesn't make one better than the other.


Please tell me more how to start self employed, open to long term care/primary care. nice living Jim and Dan


I am a physician; I do not make near what is listed in this chart nor do I make near what you people are posting (yes - primary care). I think what you all get paid for the level of training you have is egregious.


Self employed and working in long term care. Collected 315k in 2017, I have a low over head, put 280k in the bank. Not bad for NP.


I am shocked to see Baccalaureate level PA's making more than Master's prepared PMHNP's. I am constantly being asked if I am a PA, and I say, "If I wanted 4 years less education, which is one less certificate and less my Master's degree, Id be a PA."


This is disturbing
If we can't appreciate individual gifts will anyone?!

Geraldine Abbatiello

I'm a nurse practitioner in WA state. My base salary is $110k however I earn RVU bonuses of approximately $20,000 per quarter so I'm closer to $190k before taxes.


I think we all have our paths and experience. Each one's knowledge is unique, and there is always someone who knows more about something as well as someone who knows less. We just need to respect each other, support each other, unite and take care of patients as health care team members. Neither one of us is capable of doing or knowing everything, nor utterly incapable. :)


Easy Kirk nurses are under appreciate and not treated with respect they deserve. I would hate to work with you ego !