Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Arkansas - AR

Nurse practitioners in Arkansas enjoy a salary well above the state average, evidence of not only their skills but of the national chronic shortage of nurses. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t distinguish between registered nurses and nurse practitioners in its salary statistics, but even registered nurses in Arkansas earn more than the state average wage of $35,000.

The website indeed.com reports that the average nurse practitioner salary in Arkansas ranges from $55,000 to $155,000, depending on experience and area of expertise. (The website derives its figures by compiling data from help wanted listings rather than from reported wages, as the BLS does.) As of December 2010, average wages in three of Arkansas’ major cities were:

  • Fayetteville:  $82,000
  • Jonesboro:  $86,000
  • Little Rock:  $71,000

Certain specialties can command even higher salaries. Nurse practitioners specializing in emergency room care or neonatal care can expect salaries that are among the highest for all nurses practicing in Arkansas. For example, in Little Rock, an acute care nurse practitioner will take home a salary that averages about $15,000 more, and a neonatal nurse practitioner about $20,000 more, than a general NP.

Nationally, income for nurse practitioners is rising, and, in fact, rose about 10% between January 2009 and October 2010.

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