Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Salary in South Dakota - SD

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that registered nurses will be in greater demand due to the fact that the baby boomer generation is nearing retirement age. Although wages are not reported specific to a psychiatric nurse practitioner, the median annual income in May, 2008 for registered nurses averaged $62,450 nationwide. In South Dakota, the average salary is reported at $70,000 annually. This figure includes the wages of all registered nurses, however. According to Indeed.com, the annual psychiatric nurse practitioner salary in South Dakota averaged closer to $100,000.

According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, jobs for CNPs (Certified Nurse Practitioners) are expected to grow faster than average through the year 2016. The highest projected growth is in home healthcare followed by physician’s offices or other health practitioners. Ten of the twenty fastest growing occupations are associated with healthcare. The Kaiser State Health Facts report data has 26.4% of adults in South Dakota reporting poor mental health compared to 33.3% nationwide (08-09), the highest percent reporting from the American Indian/Alaska Native population. A slightly higher percentage of adults are overweight or obese than the national average (4.4% higher) and the suicide death rate reported in 2007 for South Dakota is 1.2% greater than the national average.  Each of these figures suggests the need for mental health nurse practitioners in South Dakota and the high salary of these specialized nurses only accentuates this need.

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