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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Salary in California - CA

Nurses in California receive the highest salaries of any other nurses in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In addition to the nursing specialty and years of experience, other factors influence earning power, including the location and type of facility.  The statewide average annual salary, according to Indeed.com March 2011 figures, for neonatal nurses (NN) is $85,000; and for neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP), this figure jumps to $94,000.


General neonatal care vs. intensive neonatal care also affects differences in pay rates.  Ranges for neonatal nurses in California run from $57,000 to $124,000.  In contrast, neonatal nurse practitioners may earn anywhere from $62,000 to $165,000.

Average Annual Salaries in Selected Cities

Looking at a few major cities across the state of California also reveals how both the variation in nursing position and geographical location causes further significant differences in annual salaries.  NN represents neonatal nurses and NNP equals neonatal nursing professional:

  Neonatal Nurse Salary Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Salary
Los Angeles, CA $65,000 to $107,000 $71,000 to $140,000
San Diego, CA $57,000 to $81,000 $62,000 to $122,000
San Jose, CA $77,000 to $109,000 $84,000 to $165,000
San Francisco, CA $76,000 to $124,000 $83,000 to $162,000

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