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Last Reviewed: September 28th, 2022
The smallest state in the nation packs a punch when it comes to earning a living as a certified registered nurse practitioner. CRNPs in the state earn $126,760 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021) per year, exceeding the national average.
|Metro Area||# Employed||Mean Salary|
|Providence-Warwick, RI-MA||1,150||$126,090||Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021|
If you’re looking to increase your salary in Rhode Island, you’re in luck because the top 10% of earners make over $167,750 annually. Let’s find out how they do it.
Telehealth is becoming the new cherished way to see your doctor; loved by both patients and healthcare providers. As a nurse practitioner, your skills and credentials are highly desirable by companies that provide telehealth services.
If you’re looking to earn extra cash as a nurse practitioner in Rhode Island, we highly encourage you to take advantage of part-time gigs working online where you can earn an extra $100 per hour. Keep your day job while picking up additional hours during your free time working for an established telemedicine company.
If you find that you enjoy the online scene more than your regular nine to five, you might consider picking up full-time hours with a telemedicine company. You can earn a significantly higher income by working in telemedicine as opposed to traditional facilities. On top of the higher wages, you won’t have to drive into the office or pay as much in overhead costs, meaning more money in your pocket without taking on the risks of opening your own practice.
Another part-time gig that nurse practitioners are highly qualified for is teaching. Consider taking on the role of nurse educator by teaching a course for a community college as a part-time gig in addition to your full-time position. No previous teaching experience is required and if you’re looking for some quick cash, colleges sometimes offer sign-on bonuses.
When looking for nurse practitioner job openings in Rhode Island, don’t rule out facilities such as jails or prisons. While the salary level isn’t exactly transparent online, we can imagine that working in a department of corrections position as a nurse practitioner would be lucrative.
While it may not be the most desirable environment for every health professional, it can be a truly satisfying career with the right mindset. Keep your options open when you are job-seeking and consider a position working with the RIDOC. At the time of this article, the RIDOC was seeking nurse practitioners for hire. Check the Rhode Island state board website for current openings in this and other less sought-after facilities.
The RISNA, Rhode Island State Nurses Association, can help you find higher-paying opportunities as a CRNP in the state. They have a nursing career board, continuing education credit opportunities, networking events, and relevant medical news updates. Current openings on their board show a need for nurse educators.
The Ocean State is a fine place to settle as a nurse practitioner, giving you the freedom to practice independently with the full scope of authority. If you’re looking for some extra income, there are high-paying opportunities available for CRNPs.