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Last Reviewed: September 28th, 2022
The Beehive State is just below average when it comes to paying nurse practitioners wages, coming in at $112,920 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021) per year, within a thousand dollars of the national average.
|Metro Area||# Employed||Mean Salary|
|St. George, UT||170||$101,520|
|Salt Lake City, UT||1,180||$116,290||Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021|
|Metro Area||# Employed||Mean Salary|
|Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area||70||$105,340|
|Central Utah nonmetropolitan area||30||$106,880||Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021|
Utah has a high cost of living, at ten points higher than the national baseline, and just about average mean nurse practitioner salary of $112,920 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021). These two factors together often lead nurse practitioners in Utah to look for ways to maximize their salaries. Let’s look at some strategies to increase your NP salary in Utah.
The northwest corner of Utah is home to the highest-earning nurse practitioners in the state. With the top 10% in the Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan area earning over $200,000 per year, the average income in this area is significantly higher than the rest of the state at nearly 25% higher than the state average. So if you’re looking for a quick way to increase your nurse practitioner salary, relocating to this area can deliver an immediate raise.
A quick search of job opportunities in this region results in an abundance of high-paying salaried positions, with some offers exceeding $150,000. Only 170 nurse practitioners are currently licensed in this region. For comparison, the Salt-Lake City Region to the south is a similar size geographical area with 880 licensed practitioners. The high demand for nurse practitioners in the Ogden-Clearfield region means that employers are willing to pay more to bring you on board.
If relocating to the northwest region of Utah is not an option or you’re looking for other ways to increase your nurse practitioner salary in the state, the next best way is to stay in the know. It’s best to do this by regularly checking resources that are dedicated to your profession. Check the Utah Department of Occupational & Professional Licensing for legislative updates to nurse licensing.
You can also check the major Utah nursing associations for news, events, and job opportunities. These include the Utah Nurse Practitioners and the Utah Nurses Association. Both include a homepage with updates and announcements that affect nursing professionals. The job board is an excellent resource because it includes only relevant jobs. Employers who are serious about hiring a nurse practitioner who is the best in the field will publish their opportunities on these boards.
Attending events sponsored by nursing associations can increase your salary in more than one way. First, you will expand your skills and knowledge. Secondly, you’ll be networking with colleagues who are on the same path as you. Many times, higher-paying opportunities arise from a mutual relationship rather than stumbling upon them at random. The more people you know in your field, the better your chances to increase your salary. A third benefit to attending these events is that you’ll likely be surrounded by mentors who are already making the salary that you want. Networking with these mentors will light the path for you to raise your income.
Nurse practitioners in Utah have already proven that it’s possible to exceed the two hundred grand income barrier. If you’re looking to climb toward the top and increase your salary as an NP in Utah, there are ways to make it happen. Following the advice above can help you maximize your salary in the Beehive State.