Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Salary in Kentucky - KY

The median psychiatric nurse practitioner salary in Kentucky is higher than other nurse practitioner salaries in the state, according to indeed.com. Mental health nurse practitioner salaries in Kentucky average $102,000, and are 4% higher than in other states. Regular nurse practitioners in the state make an average annual salary of about $100,000.  Salaries vary depending upon where a mental health/psychiatric nurse practitioner works. For example, indeed.com notes that PMHNPs practicing in Owensboro make an average annual salary of $81,000. PMHNPs in Lexington average $86,000 per year. Louisville PMHNPs make about $73,000 annually.

Job prospects are quite favorable for PMHNPs in Kentucky through 2018, according to Workforce Kentucky. It is projected that there will be 95 openings per year for health care practitioners in Kentucky, including PMHNPs. In the short-term outlook, Workforce Kentucky says that through the year 2012, Kentucky’s economy is expected to generate 76,000 jobs each year, with many of these jobs falling within the realm of health care.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, there are 215 health professional shortage areas in the area of mental health existing throughout Kentucky. It is hoped that training more PMHNPs will help to fill this void in Kentucky’s mental health system.

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