The Highest Paying U.S. Metro Areas for NPs and PAs


Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant salaries are typically considered high-paying across the United States, with median annual salaries ranking above $100,000 for both positions. However, salaries can differ quite a bit in cities across the country, due to cost of living and other factors.

If your 2020 job search has you considering a change in location, be it across the state or across the country, knowing which areas offer the highest pay can help you decide your next move.

Take a look at the top ten metro areas offering the highest average annual salaries for NPs and PAs below.

Highest Paying Metro Areas – Nurse Practitioners

  1. New Bedford, MA – $156,980
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA – $150,790
  3. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA – $148,440
  4. Sumter, SC – $145,890
  5. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA – $145,400
  6. Leominster-Gardner, MA – $145,020
  7. Yuma, AZ – $142,650
  8. Rochester, MN – $142,640
  9. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL – $141,800
  10. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT – $141,460

Highest Paying Metro Areas – Physician Assistants

  1. Danbury, CT – $146,000
  2. Salinas, CA – $145,700
  3. Visalia-Porterville, CA – $141,400
  4. Olympia-Tumwater, WA – $139,770
  5. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA – $138,900
  6. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC – $137,670
  7. Leominster-Gardner, MA – $135,550
  8. Homosassa Springs, FL – $133,850
  9. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA – $133,660
  10. New Bern, NC – $132,640

Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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