Wisconsin Nurse Practitioner Salary Guide - 2024


by NursePractitionerLicense.com Staff

Updated: November 8th, 2023

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average nurse practitioner (NP) salary in Wisconsin is $121,210, with the range typically falling between $102,590 and $140,800. Nurse practitioners play a vital role in the healthcare industry, delivering high-quality care to patients of all ages.

Wisconsin Nurse Practitioner Salaries – Visualized

Nurse Practitioners Salaries in urban areas of Wisconsin

Metro Area# EmployedMean Salary
Appleton, WI190$119,250
Eau Claire, WI200$121,690
Green Bay, WI290$121,640
Janesville-Beloit, WI90$122,850
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN170$119,680
Madison, WI640$124,210
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI1,630$117,320
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI140$128,550
Racine, WI90$116,910
Sheboygan, WI100$122,080
Wausau, WI150$125,030
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2022

Nurse Practitioners Salaries in rural areas of Wisconsin

Metro Area# EmployedMean Salary
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area80$115,970
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area400$121,960
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area200$119,370
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area140$125,770
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2022

Increasing Nurse Practitioner Salary in Alaska

There are many things that factor into what a salary will end up being, but there are also ways to increase it as well.

Gain More Advanced Education

The minimum requirement to practice as a nurse practitioner in Wisconsin is by holding a MSN (Master of Science in Nursing), but obtaining additional education and certification in a speciality can potentially increase your salary. 

One such advanced degree available is a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice). This can provide an avenue for advancement and higher salary. It can pave the way to administrative roles in the clinical setting and higher up in executive roles. Wisconsin has many schools that allow the flexibility to obtain your DNP via an accredited online program and in most cases clinic hours can be completed at your current place of employment. You can filter schools by degree program offered to find DNP programs on the following page: Wisconsin Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs.

Additional Specialization Certifications

Nurse Practitioners do not just simply work in the clinical setting. Gaining additional certifications can lead to an increase in salary and median salaries for nurse practitioners with additional certifications are typically higher. Certifications are required to practice in your desired field of study. Going back for more schooling and a degree is the first step before applying for the certification. Specializing allows the practitioner to serve a wider variety of patients and become an asset for their employer. 

Specializing does require certification by a national certifying body to be approved by the board as a nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist. The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists offers certification opportunities. See DSPS Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber (wi.gov)

Gain More Work Experience

Besides adding additional degrees and certification to your arsenal, good old fashioned experience can also lead to an increase in salary.  Taking on more responsibility in the position can allow the opportunity to display your knowledge and skill set. Those combined can give you the edge you need to increase the salary as a nurse practitioner in Wisconsin. 

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