NP Surgery Salary Guide

Do you ever wonder how much surgical nurse practitioners (NPs) make? Or how does the salary for surgical NPs compare across states and between perm and temp work? Follow along to find out!

Explore our surgical NP salary guide to find:

  • Surgical NP Salary
  • NP Salary by State
  • How Do Surgical NP Salaries Compare Against Other NP Specialties?
  • How Much Will Surgical NPs Make in 2024?

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NP salary guide

How Much Do Surgical NPs Make?

The average annual surgical NP salary is $127,320 per year in the U.S., according to the Becker’s Hospital Review report on the highest paying NP specialties. The Bureau of U.S. Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for nurse practitioners will increase by 38% over the next decade, making it a viable career opportunity.

How Much Do Locum Tenens Surgical NPs Make?

Locum tenens surgical NPs can make upwards of $111 per hour on average, however, there are many factors that impact rates including location, years of experience, and the level of demand.

If you were to extrapolate that rate over a year (at 40 hours per week), the average locum salary comes out to around $230,880. 

That means locum tenens  surgical NPs can make up to 81% more than the average provider. However, making direct salary comparisons can be complicated. While perm surgical NPs are more likely to be salaried, locum tenens  surgical NPs are independent contractors earning an hourly rate, which can vary based on which assignments they take in a year. 

Furthermore, because locum tenens  surgical NPs are paid by the hour, the hours they work are directly reflected in their pay, while a salaried  surgical NPs additional hours may not be reflected in their salary.

Finally, paid time off and insurance may be reflected in the perm  surgical NPs salary structure, but locum tenens providers do have options when it comes to health insurance

Surgical NP Salary by State

The most recent state breakdown of NPs salaries comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the BLS was not able to collect enough data for all 50 states. While the BLS was unable to report on surgical NPs specifically, the top 5 highest paying states for NPs salary are:

  • California (Average NP Salary between $125,780-$158,130)
  • New Jersey (Average NP Salary between $125,780-$158,130)
  • Massachusetts (Average NP Salary between $125,780-$158,130)
  • Oregon (Average NP Salary between $125,780-$158,130)
  • Nevada (Average NP Salary between $125,780-$158,130)

This information can provide insight into the possible highest paying states in annual compensation for surgical NPs.

How Do Surgical NP Salaries Compare Against Other NP Specialties?

Surgical NPs fall within the top 10 highest earning NP specialties, according to the  2021 Becker’s Hospital Review report. The top 5 highest paid NP specialties report an annual income over $128,480, and include pediatrics, emergency medicine, hospitalist, psychiatry, and oncology/hematology. Overall, surgical NPS have the opportunity to earn a lucrative salary. 

How Much Will Surgical NPs Make in 2024?

According to the Medscape RN/LPN Compensation Report, the average nurse increased their earnings by $2000 this past year. If this trend continues, the average family practice NP can expect to make $129,320 in 2024.

Find Your Next NP Surgery Job with Barton

Barton coordinates your job search from start to finish!



We’ll schedule a phone consultation with a Barton Associates team member to discuss your interests, goals, and work history in order to get a sense of what you’re looking for in your next job.

Your Barton team will then go to work, compiling a list of open jobs in our extensive network that match your interests and skill set.



Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your list of opportunities, your Barton rep will submit your information to facility you want to take an assignment at.

If there’s a match, we’ll work with the client manager on next steps.



Don’t worry! Barton Associates will handle licensing, credentialing, and travel arrangements before you arrive.

Your Barton rep will also work with your new facility to ensure you’re set up and ready to go on day one.


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