Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Salary in Alabama - AL

According to the website www.statemaster.com, mental health expenditure per capita in Alabama is $57 versus a national average of more than $84. Since psychiatric nurse practitioners provide excellent quality care at a lesser cost when compared to physicians, this profession is expected to grow well in the coming years.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated the growth in the profession of registered nurses (including advanced practice nurses such as psychiatric nurse practitioners) to be much faster than average between 2008 and 2018. A website that collects health data for different states, www.statehealthfacts.org, mentions that in Alabama, more than 41% of the population lives in mental health professional shortage areas versus the national number of 18.7%. All these numbers indicate that the psychiatric nurse practitioner salary in Alabama is likely to see good growth in the coming years.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) mentions on their website that advanced practice nurses in psychiatric and mental health make $60,000 or more annually. On the website www.indeed.com, the job title of psychiatric nurse practitioner fetched a salary of $103,000 on February 20, 2011. The corresponding number for the title of certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP – psychiatric) showed a salary of $106,000.

Salaries depend on location, sub specialty and the type of facility in which psychiatric nurse practitioners work. In Alabama, CRNPs have limited prescriptive authority and all CRNPs must collaborate with a physician in order to practice.  They are also likely to make different incomes in different parts of the state - Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Mobile will likely provide higher salaries than non-metropolitan areas of the state.

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