Family Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Montana - MT
Montana is a very large state in terms of area (ranking fourth in the nation), but according to 2010 census information, it has less than a million residents. Only two other states have lower population densities than Montana. The largest city in the state, Billings, has approximately 155,000 residents, the next largest city, Missoula, has a population of less than 110,000. Bozeman, Kalispell, and Great Falls have populations ranging from just over 82,000 to 90,000. According to the U.S. Labor department’s www.careeronestop.org, the average annual salaries for family nurse practitioners in these cities range from a high of $70,000 in Billings to $63,000 in Kalispell. Most of the population lives in the western and southern parts of the state.
Several counties in Montana have predominantly Native American populations; there are seven Indian reservations in the state that are made up of more than twelve different Native American ethnic and linguistic groups. Native Americans represent one population that is commonly underserved as far as medical care goes. Family nurse practitioners, because they can function as primary care providers, would help improve the quality and consistency of medical care for these populations. In addition, rural areas, in general, can utilize the services of a family nurse practitioner, making their services highly sought after and appreciated. Small clinics, private physician offices, and hospitals are among the other medical facilities that employ family nurse practitioners.