Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Louisiana - LA
By Dinesh Kumar, allied health world contributing writer
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As a result of the advanced training and skills acquired by NPs, they command a higher salary than less advanced nursing professionals. However, understandably, the salaries are dependent on a few factors including specialty, years of experience, and the location of practice.
While nationally, the average salary for a registered nurse (RN is $66,530) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the corresponding number for Louisiana is $60,290 (May 2009). According to Indeed.com, a site that provides average salaries based on current job listings; the average full time nurse practitioner salary in Louisiana is $74,000 (Jan. 2011).
Within Louisiana, NPs in Shreveport make $65,000, while in Baton Rouge the number coincides with the state average at $74,000 and in New Orleans they earn average salaries of $77,000 (www.Indeed.com). It bears repeating that these numbers are just averages and the salaries would vary considerably based on the level of experience and training, industry and whether or not the NP is a primary care provider.
The status of Louisiana with respect to health statistics is less than promising according to www.statemaster.com, and the demand for healthcare professionals is expected to stay high. Since NPs are cost effective as well as highly trained, there will be considerable need for them in the coming years. The master’s programs in Louisiana’s campus based schools, as well as those available online, can prepare you for this meaningful allied health career.