Iowa Nurse Practitioner Salary Guide - 2022

Last Reviewed: September 28th, 2022

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national mean annual salary for nurse practitioners is $118,040. Iowa’s annual mean wage for nurse practitioners is $121,370, more than 6% less than the national mean.

Iowa may not be the highest paying state for nurse practitioners, but demand for these workers is high and expected to keep growing. Nurse Practitioner jobs in Iowa is projected to grow 30.1% from 2018 to 2028 (BLS Employment Projections).

Iowa Nurse Practitioner Salaries – Visualized

Nurse Practitioners Salaries in urban areas of Iowa

Metro Area# EmployedMean Salary
Ames, IA60$119,410
Cedar Rapids, IA170$113,240
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL280$120,310
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA490$117,760
Dubuque, IA60$120,170
Iowa City, IA210$116,750
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD160$132,350
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA220$125,060
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021

Nurse Practitioners Salaries in rural areas of Iowa

Metro Area# EmployedMean Salary
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area100$124,100
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area150$122,400
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area120$124,910
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area260$123,800
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021

Increasing Nurse Practitioner Salary in Iowa

To be employed as a nurse practitioner in the United States, you must first earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a master’s or doctorate in an advanced practice nursing program, and pass a national nurse practitioner board certification exam. If you currently work or intend to work as a nurse practitioner in “The Buckeye State,” you may wonder how to go about increasing nurse practitioner salary in Iowa.

Through Education

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is one way of boosting salary potential as a nurse practitioner in Iowa. Take, for example, the hybrid DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Iowa, the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Clarke University, or the online Direct Patient Care DNP Track at Morningside University. Or you can explore all the DNP programs offered in Iowa on the Iowa Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs page.

Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) certificates are also an excellent way to improve your marketability and earnings. Following are some of the best post-master’s certificates for nurse practitioners in Iowa:

Nurse practitioners in Iowa need to renew their licenses every three years (after the first two years) and complete a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education (CE). Expanding your knowledge and expertise through CE courses is a great way to increase your nurse practitioner salary in Iowa. The Iowa Board of Nursing provides an approved list of CE providers where you can find dozens of options for in-person or online CE opportunities.

Full Practice Leads to Better Earning Potential

The median pay for nurse practitioners in Iowa may be slightly below the national average, but as a full practice state, Iowa offers more opportunities for NPs than may be available in more restrictive locales.  NPs working in states with full practice authority have the opportunity to take on senior-level roles and the autonomy, greater responsibility, and higher salaries that accompany them.

Professional Associations for Iowa Nurse Practitioners

Joining a professional association, such as the Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society, or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners will open networking doors and give you a heads up about job openings to further your career.

Thanks to ample graduate-level educational opportunities, continuing education courses, and professional associations, increasing nurse practitioner salary in Iowa is easily achievable.