Pediatric Nurse & Nurse Practitioner Salary

Oct 10, 2018

Pediatric nurses and pediatric nurse practitioners both work with children, but there is a marked difference in how much these professionals earn on a yearly basis. Keep reading to get salary stats for these careers.

What Do Pediatrics Nurses & Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Earn?

Pediatric nurses and nurse practitioners provide healthcare to infants, children, and adolescents while also offering education about health conditions and providing counsel to both patients and their families. Pediatric nurses complete an undergraduate training program to enter this profession, while pediatric nurse practitioners must earn at least a master's degree.

In addition to education, one of the primary considerations one makes when choosing a career path is the earning potential of a given profession. If you're thinking of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse, you should be aware that your salary (and potential for that salary to increase) is heavily dependent on your skills, experience level, and the even the state in which you work.

Pediatric Nurse Salary Statistics

In May of 2017, the BLS reported on the earnings of registered nurses, a category into which pediatric nurses fall. The median salary for all registered nurses was $70,000. The 90th percentile of registered nurses earned $104,100 or more, while the 10th percentile earned only $48,690.

Pediatric nurses earn slightly less than the median wage for all registered nurses reported by the BLS. According to's figures for October 2018, the median hourly wage for pediatric nurses was $26.03, and the median yearly wage was $58,117. also showed an overall salary range of $32,055-$83,563 and noted that having certain skills can increase a pediatric nurse's earning potential. ''Acute care,'' ''nursery,'' and ''Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)'' were three skills that showed the potential to affect salaries in a positive manner.

Registered nurses' salaries are also impacted by the years of experience they have. This table compares salaries for pediatric nurses at various stages of their careers:

Years of Experience Median Salary (2018)*
0-5 (entry-level) $52,000
5-10 (mid-career) $59,000
10-20 (experienced) $64,000
20+ (late-career) $70,000

Source: *

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Salary Statistics

In May of 2017, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that over 166,000 individuals were working as nurse practitioners and that their median salary was $103,880, noticeably higher than the median salary for registered nurses. The bottom 10 percent of nurse practitioners had an estimated annual wage of $74,840 or less, while the top 10 percent earned more than $145,630 per year.

According to, the median salary for pediatric nurse practitioners in particular was $86,114, as of October 2018, a fair bit below the median salary reported for all nurse practitioners by the BLS. However, a major factor in how much a pediatric nurse practitioner earns is the city in which he or she practices. Pediatric nurse practitioners in Atlanta had a median salary of $83,017, while nurses working the same job in New York earned a median salary of $95,136.

In addition to location, the experience that pediatric nurse practitioners have can play a key factor in determining how much they can earn. The following table shows the median salary for nurse practitioners with different levels of experience:

Years of Experience Median Salary (2018)*
0-5 (entry-level) $85,000
5-10 (mid-career) $92,000
10-20 (experienced) $98,000
20+ (late-career) $101,000

Source: *

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