Idaho Nurse Practitioner Salary Guide - 2022

Last Reviewed: September 28th, 2022

How Much Do Nurse Practitioners in Idaho Earn?

The average nurse practitioner in the United States is approximately $118,040 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021) per year. In Idaho, the number is only slightly higher, coming in at an average of $105,290 per year.

Idaho Nurse Practitioner Salaries – Visualized

Nurse Practitioners Salaries in urban areas of Idaho

Metro Area# EmployedMean Salary
Boise City, ID460$108,860
Coeur d'Alene, ID110$108,580
Idaho Falls, ID100$104,300
Lewiston, ID-WA50$103,700
Pocatello, ID60$92,790
Twin Falls, ID50$107,390
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021

Nurse Practitioners Salaries in rural areas of Idaho

Metro Area# EmployedMean Salary
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area90$99,650
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area80$100,030
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021

Increasing Nurse Practitioner Salary in Idaho

A nurse practitioner is an often-overlooked member of the medical field, especially as their role is often misunderstood. But with as much as a nurse practitioner does, it’s definitely important to consider the salary that they are making, and what they should be entitled to.

If you’re looking to get paid more at your job the first thing you need to do is know where to start negotiations. By knowing the average rate paid to other nurse practitioners in your state you have an idea where to begin. But keep in mind that this number should vary based on your experience (it may be a little lower if you’re just starting out or could be a lot higher if you have a great deal of experience), or based on your location (in a small facility or small town it may be lower while large cities and hospitals/medical facilities will pay higher). Rates also vary based on specialty (or lack of specialization).

Continue Your Education

In Idaho, the majority of certified nurse practitioners currently hold a Master’s in nursing. In fact, approximately 76.5% of certified nurse practitioners report holding this degree, however holding a Doctor of nursing practice (something that only 20% of CNP’s in the state hold), could allow you to seek a higher wage and make you more competitive in the field (Idaho.gov).

Seek a New Location

The majority of nurse practitioners are employed by what are considered ‘Idaho based health systems’ at approximately 48.5% (Idaho.gov). However these are not always the highest paying options. Instead, individuals in this field can seek to be employed by the state or federal government, which may pay comparable or higher wages. Some CNP’s choose to go into independent practice as well, which has shown higher average salaries than government employment.

Also, changing from part-time (which approximately 29% of CNP’s report) to full-time could give you better opportunities within the region. Aside from the obvious increase in wages due to working more hours there could be additional opportunities that pay higher hourly wages as well.

Finally, moving to urban versus rural areas may assist in earning higher wages and allow for additional opportunities.

Find the Best Options

There are some states where nurse practitioners earn more than others. These include states like California, where the average is over $151,830 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021) and New York, with an average over $133,940. Also, these states have annual job openings of over 1,000 and employment growth is expected  to grow 30.5% and to grow 41.3% from 2018 to 2028 respectively.

If you’re looking to make more money as a nurse practitioner in Idaho, these are only a few of the ways that you may be able to do it, but make sure you’re starting out with a good education, and then negotiating to get a good wage all around.