Nurse Practitioners in California
Considering a career as a Nurse Practitioner in California?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Nurse Practitioners in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Nurse Practitioners in California is growing faster than average.
Nurse Practitioners in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Nurse Practitioners Work in California?
13,420 people worked as Nurse Practitioners in 2018 in this state.
There were 13,570 Nurse Practitioners employed in this state in 2017.
That’s a decline of 150 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 2,820 Nurse Practitioners working in it, which means California has more Nurse Practitioners than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Nurse Practitioners in this state are growing at a rate of 35.1% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 36.1%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS is projecting 1,200 annual Nurse Practitioners job openings in California, and 17,700 total jobs in the year 2026.
Nationwide, the prediction is 14,400 annual jobs and 211,600 total jobs in 2026.
What do Nurse Practitioners Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Nurse Practitioners ranged from $94,940 to $191,090 with $126,890 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $45.65 to $91.87. The median hourly rate was $61.
Workers in this field were paid a median of $59.06 an hour in 2017.
The hourly rate grew by $1.94.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Nurse Practitioners
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Nurse Practitioners.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||4,110||$129,560|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||2,100||$139,830|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||1,490||$127,090|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||1,150||$119,040|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||860||$124,100|
|Santa Rosa, CA||210||$118,880|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||170||$121,830|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||110||$116,980|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||70||$133,160|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||60||$118,820|
|Yuba City, CA||40||$124,880|
|El Centro, CA||30||$118,520|
Top States for Nurse Practitioners Employment
The table below shows the states where most Nurse Practitioners work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Nurse Practitioners get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
What Major Will Prepare You For a Nurse Practitioner Career?
- Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
- Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
- Nursing Practice
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
- Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
- Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
- School Nursing
- Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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