A Guide to Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Salary

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated March 31, 2021 | Published February 25, 2020

Updated March 31, 2021

Published February 25, 2020

There is a high demand for medical professionals, making it a wise and rewarding career choice for many. Pediatric nurse practitioners are typically both well-respected and well-paid. In this article, we'll describe what a pediatric nurse practitioner is, what their work environment is like, what the national average pediatric nurse practitioner salary and the job outlook is for this occupation and examine state-specific average salary for this role.

What is a pediatric nurse practitioner?

Nurse practitioners are medical professionals that are what is known as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs. In order to practice, they are required to earn either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Nurse practitioners that choose to specialize in pediatrics, or the care of individuals under the age of 18, are known as pediatric nurse practitioners.

In addition to earning a master's or doctoral degree in nursing, pediatric nurse practitioners must also obtain and maintain the necessary licensing and certification in order to work in this field. The regulations and requirements regarding this licensing vary by state. Though not a standard requirement, some employers may also require individuals that fill this position to have a certain level of previous nursing experience.

Pediatric nurse practitioners provide care to young patients that are either ill or injured. In many cases, they are responsible for examining patients, providing a diagnosis and administering or prescribing the appropriate treatments and medications. Though they are capable and permitted to prescribe and diagnose, it only applies to non-critical situations. Aside from the necessary experience and education required to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, individuals in this role must possess a variety of skills in order to work effectively with children, such as:

  • Communication skills

  • Listening skills

  • Awareness of nonverbal cues

  • Compassion

  • Patience

  • Comfortable demeanor around children

Work environments for pediatric nurse practitioners

Pediatric nurse practitioners can find work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, private practices and government agencies. Though they can practice in a myriad of environments many pediatric nurse practitioners find employment in hospital outpatient facilities. There are many instances where a nurse practitioner serves as a patient's primary care provider or primary point of contact. However, they do also work closely with physicians and rely on them as well as specialists for consultations.

The hours worked for a pediatric nurse practitioner will depend on the employer. Most hospital environments, for example, are open 24 hours a day so the staff must be scheduled during the day, evening and overnight.

The average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners

Though salary varies depending on geographic location, years of experience and employer, the average national salary for pediatric nurse practitioners is $109,120 per year. Individuals in this or similar positions, such as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners, should expect to see an overall projected growth of these positions by 26% over the next decade. This is considerably faster than most other occupations and is because as the average population ages, there will be a higher demand for healthcare services as well as an increased emphasis on preventative care and medicine.

Salary by state for pediatric nurse practitioners

Here are the average salaries for this position in a number of states, as well as how that number compares to the overall national average. For the most up-to-date information from Indeed, please click on the salary link for each job title below.

1. Washington State

$74,446 is the average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners in Washington State, making it 24% below the national average. Washington State has the lowest average salary for individuals that hold this position.

2. Tennessee

$77,096 is the average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners in Tennessee, which is 16% lower than the national average.

3. Nebraska

Nebraska's average salary for this position is $112,822, making it 11% below the national average.

4. Georgia

The average salary for a pediatric nurse practitioner in Georgia is 10% below the national average salary at $82,865 per year.

5. Ohio

$85,250 is the average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners in Ohio, putting it 7% below the national average.

6. Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an average salary of $133,285 for this position, which meets the national average.

7. Pennsylvania

At just 10% above the national average, Pennsylvania's average salary for individuals in this role is $100,596.

8. Maine

$102,587 is the average salary for a pediatric nurse practitioner in Maine, which is 12% higher than the national average.

9. Texas

Texas has an average salary of $102,802 per year, making it 12% higher than the national average.

10. Arizona

$103,024 is the average salary for a pediatric nurse practitioner in Arizona, which is 12% higher than the national average.

11. Indiana

The average salary for this job in Indiana is 13% above the national average at $103,232.

12. New Jersey

$107,294 is the average salary for this role in New Jersey, which is 17% above the national average.

13. Florida

Florida's average salary for this position is 18% above the national average at $108,081.

14. Missouri

The average salary in Missouri is 19% higher than the national average at $109,186 per year.

15. Iowa

The average salary for someone in this position in Iowa is $109,767, making it 20% above the national average.

16. New Mexico

New Mexico pays individuals in this position 21% above the national average at an average salary of $111,405.

17. Virginia

The average salary for this position in Virginia is $113,569, which is 24% above the national average.

18. Connecticut

Connecticut's average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners is $118,063, which is 29% above the national average.

19. Illinois

$118,064 is the average salary for this position in Illinois, putting it 29% above the national average.

20. New York State

The average salary in New York State is $118,764, which is 29% higher than the national average.

21. Oregon

Oregon's average salary for this position is 35% higher than the national average at $108,412.

22. California

The average salary for someone that holds this position in California is 46% higher than the national average at $133,579.

23. Delaware

$135,481 is the average salary for this position in Delaware, making it 48% higher than the national average. Delaware has the highest average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners.

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