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One of the great things about the nursing profession is that there are a number of directions you can take your career. And, you can take these steps at any point. This gives seasoned and inexperienced RNs the motivation to constantly improve and advance professionally. If you’re planning to further your education, due diligence is in order. In some states becoming a nurse practitioner may not mean the raise you’re expecting. In other locations making the move from RN to NP pays off financially. How much more can you expect to earn by becoming a nurse practitioner in your state?

Alabama

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,890

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $94,880

Difference: +$36,990

 

Alaska 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $87,510

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $125,140

Difference: +$37,630

Arizona 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $75,110

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $104,970

Difference: +$29,860

Arkansas 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $58,810

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $95,230

Difference: +$36,420

California

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $102,700

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $126,770

Difference: +$24,070

Colorado

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $72,570

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $110,440

Difference: +$37,870

Connecticut 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $80,200

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $118,500

Difference: +$38,300

Delaware 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $73,180

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $105,380

Difference: +$32,200

Florida 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $64,890

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $99,930

Difference: +$35,040

Georgia 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $66,750

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $103,890

Difference: +$37,140

Hawaii 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $96,990

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $122,580

Difference: +$25,590

Idaho 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $64,520

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $102,760

Difference: +$38,240

Illinois 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $72,090

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $101,960

Difference: +$29,870

Indiana

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $62,450

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $101,780

Difference: +$39,330

Iowa 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,930

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $104,130

Difference: +$46,200

Kansas 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $59,940

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $97,870

Difference: +$37,930

Kentucky 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $61,530

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $95,450

Difference: +$33,920

Louisiana 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,560

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $98,780

Difference: +$35,220

Maine 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $65,890

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $100,100

Difference: +$34,210

Maryland 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $75,250

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $109,840

Difference: +$34,590

Massachusetts 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $89,330

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $120,140

Difference: +$30,810

Michigan 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,120

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $102,250

Difference: +$33,130

Minnesota 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $77,540

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $116,150

Difference: +$38,610

Mississippi 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,700

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $107,280

Difference: +$49,580

Missouri  

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,300

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $96,490

Difference: +$33,190

Montana 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $66,280

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $97,470

Difference: +$31,190

Nebraska 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $62,210

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $99,930

Difference: +$37,720

Nevada 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $84,980

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $105,520

Difference: +$20,540

New Hampshire 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $70,040

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $112,440

Difference: +$42,400

New Jersey 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $82,020

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $117,630

Difference: +$35,610

New Mexico 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,840

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $109,330

Difference: +$39,490

New York 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $83,450

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $117,210

Difference: +$33,760

North Carolina 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $62,560

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $106,320

Difference: +$43,760

North Dakota 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,140

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $103,470

Difference: +$40,330

Ohio

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $65,500

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $101,710

Difference: +$36,210

Oklahoma 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $61,640

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $95,590

Difference: +$33,950

Oregon

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $88,770

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $112,870

Difference: +$24,100

Pennsylvania 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,820

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $98,260

Difference: +$28,440

Rhode Island 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $76,650

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $108,630

Difference: +$31,980

South Carolina 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,630

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $97,140

Difference: +$33,510

South Dakota 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $57,010

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $100,030

Difference: +$43,020

Tennessee 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $60,050

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $93,970

Difference: +$33,920

Texas 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $72,070

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $111,330

Difference: +$39,260

Utah 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $63,050

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $99,960

Difference: +$36,910

Vermont 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,560

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $103,920

Difference: +$34,360

Virginia 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $67,990

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $102,240

Difference: +$34,250

Washington 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $79,810

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $115,250

Difference: +$35,440

West Virginia

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $60,380

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $95,000

Difference: +$34,620

Wisconsin 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $69,200

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $101,930

Difference: +$32,730

Wyoming 

Registered Nurse

Annual Salary: $64,900

Nurse Practitioner

Annual Salary: $113,310

Difference: +$48,410

Overall, if you’re a nurse planning to become a nurse practitioner, you can expect to see your salary increase by about $35,437 depending on the state where you practice.

How much more will you earn as a nurse practitioner in your state?

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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