Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Alabama - AL
Current regulations in Alabama do not protect the reimbursement rights of nurse practitioners. For example, according to the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, some independent insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama do not reimburse services of nurse practitioners unless at least part of the nurse practitioner’s practice is owned by a physician. While the alliance and others work to change these facts, nurse practitioners in Alabama can still look forward to favorable salaries for their efforts. Information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s careeronestop.org indicates that the median nurse practitioner salary in Alabama ranges from $44,800 to 59,800. Although this information is purported to come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some who currently work as NPs in Alabama say that these figures are low.
Income figures that were collected via a survey of Alabama nurse practitioners administered by the online publication ADVANCE for NPs and PAs paint a rosier picture for Alabama’s NPs. In 2009, this publication found that the average full-time salary for NPs in Alabama was $79,733. This salary varies based upon a NP’s specialty, the area of the state in which he or she works, and his or her educational and certification status. The lower salary figures reported here are consistent with the fact that Alabama’s NPs are not yet permitted to prescribe controlled substances nor recognized widely as primary care providers. As NPs in Alabama gain more responsibilities and greater autonomy, it is expected that their salaries will climb even higher.