Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Iowa - IA

The national nursing shortage has not left Iowa unscathed, the state lags behind in the national average of nurse practitioners per hundred thousand with 42 versus 51 according to the 2010 Pearson Report. A more striking statistic is the percentage of nursing facilities in Iowa with staff deficiencies – 91.4%. Going further, 27.3% of these facilities are facing serious deficiencies per a University of California study based on reporting data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  8.2% of the population is living in federally designated health care professional shortage areas by count of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services.

This shortage of supply should reflect a positive trend in salaries both in the large cities of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids and smaller cities like Davenport. For the state as a whole, the Department of Labor lists an average mean salary of $85,880 for the category of Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other in the 2009 Occupational Employment Statistics publication. This is higher than the national average of $77,630 cited in the same document.

Online salary rating site salary.com found nurse practitioner salaries in Iowa for Des Moines to be $84,295 for primary care and $94,389 for neonatal. Salary for emergency care nurse practitioners is $87,898.

Most jobs in this field will be first found with the federal government and secondly in general medical and surgical hospitals. There are approximately 130 of these in Iowa, notably Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Saint Luke's Hospital in Sioux City and The Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport. One of the largest hospitals in Iowa is the 595-bed Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City; there is also a 530 bed VA facility in Des Moines. Of special note is the Glenwood Resource Center in Glenwood, which has 394 beds for the care of mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

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