Nurse Practitioner Salaries in South Dakota - SD
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced degrees and often specialized training. While salary depends on a number of factors, including work setting, specialty, and years of experience, salaries for advance practice nurses fall on the high end of the scale for registered nurses. While the Bureau of Labor does not list salaries for nurse practitioners separately, it does organize RN salaries within region and note what employees make who are at the 10th, 50th, and 90th percentiles for their occupation. RNs at the 50th percentile in South Dakota make $50,630 while those at the 90th bring in $69,350.
One’s specialty may have some bearing on earnings. A national AANP survey found that women's health was the lowest paying specialty area and acute care the highest, followed by adult care, family care, and gerontology, in that order. Of course, most practitioners make good salaries, and one is less likely to be burned out doing something they enjoy. With regard to setting; rural health centers had the lowest wages, and emergency rooms the highest. One shouldn’t, however, discount those rural centers. Working in underserved areas may make a person eligible for loan forgiveness.
Ultimately, a nurse practitioner salary in South Dakota affords a promising future whether one is in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, or Watertown.