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Nurse Practitioners in California

Considering a career as a Nurse Practitioner in California?

35.1% Jobs Projection
$126,890 Median Salary
1,200 Job Openings

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.

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The typical state has 2,820 Nurse Practitioners working in it, which means California has more Nurse Practitioners than average.

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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%.

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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.

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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
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 820 $125,840
Fresno, CA 540 $128,620
Santa Rosa, CA 210 $118,880
Modesto, CA 190 $126,040
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 170 $121,830
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 150 $127,650
Bakersfield, CA 150 $129,060
Stockton-Lodi, CA 130 $125,220
Visalia-Porterville, CA 130 $124,380
Salinas, CA 120 $127,970
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 110 $116,980
Redding, CA 100 $122,720
Madera, CA 90 $129,820
Chico, CA 80 $109,910
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 $133,160
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 60 $118,820
Merced, CA 60 $126,350
Napa, CA 50 $120,850
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
New York 13,710 $118,550
California 13,420 $126,890
Texas 12,020 $108,660
Florida 10,590 $97,270
Ohio 7,510 $101,010
Pennsylvania 7,280 $97,130
Tennessee 7,010 $96,440
Massachusetts 6,200 $119,420
Georgia 6,110 $104,360
New Jersey 5,900 $118,040
Illinois 5,540 $103,760
Indiana 4,780 $102,390
North Carolina 4,760 $101,540
Virginia 4,710 $102,480
Michigan 4,490 $103,210
Missouri 4,390 $98,430
Minnesota 3,880 $115,550
Maryland 3,710 $108,580
Alabama 3,680 $95,010
Arizona 3,510 $111,780

Below are the states where Nurse Practitioners get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $126,890
Hawaii $123,570
Alaska $120,100
Massachusetts $119,420
New York $118,550
New Jersey $118,040
Washington $116,350
Minnesota $115,550
Connecticut $115,370
Wyoming $114,000

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