Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses. They have advanced degrees of at least the master's level and many hold doctorates. They provide health care to family members in much the same manner as a general practice physician. Family nurse practitioners may practice autonomously in all 50 states and the District of Columbia without the supervision of an attending doctor. They may also write prescriptions.
The median hourly wage for family nurse practitioners from across the United States was £27.90, as of May 2011, according to the Salary website. The top 10 per cent of U.S.-based nurse practitioners earned wages in excess of £32.0 per hour, while the bottom 10 per cent earns hourly wages of less than £24.0. The middle 50 per cent of U.S.-based family nurse practitioners earned hourly rates of between £25.90 and £30.0.
A family nurse practitioner's hourly pay rate can be significantly impacted by the part of the country where she practices. The median hourly pay rate for nurse practitioners in Seattle, Washington, was £30.7, as of May 2011, according to the Salary website. Boulder, Colorado-based family nurse practitioners earned median hourly wages of £28.7. Family nurse practitioners in Miami, Florida, earned median hourly wages of £27.1.
All nurse practitioners are registered nurses, but family nurse practitioners must have significantly more education and experience than registered nurses must. Family nurse practitioners are typically rewarded for achieving these additional qualifications with higher hourly wages than registered nurses achieve. The median hourly wage for registered nurses at all levels of experience from across the United States was £20.2, as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Hourly wages account for approximately 72.3 per cent of a family nurse practitioner's total compensation, as of May 2011, according to the Salary website. Paid time off amounts to approximately 8.9 per cent of a nurse practitioner's compensation. Employer contributions toward the nurse practitioner's health and disability insurance, employer contributions to government and private retirement and pension plans, and cash bonuses account for the remainder of her compensation.