Salary Report for Arkansas Nurse Practitioners

  • The number of Nurse Practitioners currently employed in Arkansas is 2,590.
  • Nurse Practitioners in Arkansas earn an average of $107,080 per year or $51.48 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Nurse Practitioners who work in Arkansas is 1%.
  • Arkansas will need 4,310 new Nurse Practitioners by 2030 or 340 new nurses per year.

Arkansas Rankings

  • Arkansas ranks #43 in the U.S. for Nurse Practitioners salary and #49 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Arkansas ranks #30 in the U.S. for the total number of Nurse Practitioners employed.
  • Arkansas ranks #27 in U.S. for the number of new Nurse Practitioners needed by 2030.
  • Arkansas ranks #25 in U.S. for the percentage of new Nurse Practitioners needed by 2030.

Compare Arkansas to U.S.

Arkansas Nurse Practitioners earn an average of $107,080 which is 9% less than the national average salary of $118,040.

TypeArkansasU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$51.48$56.75-9.29%
Average Annual Salary$107,080$118,040-9.28%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Arkansas, 50% of Nurse Practitioners earn between $96,030 and $121,470 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Nurse Practitioners earn more than $130,770, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Nurse Practitioners.

Approximately 10% of Nurse Practitioners earn under $77,770, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Nurse Practitioners.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year259Under $77,770
15%2 – 4 years388$77,770 – $96,030
25%5 – 9 years648$96,030 – $99,910
25%10 – 14 years648$99,910 – $121,470
15%15 – 20 years388$99,910 – $130,770
10%20+ years259Above $130,770
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Nurse Practitioners in Arkansas nurses earn about $120,072 per year which is less than the average U.S. nurse of $118,040.

Cost-of-living in Arkansas is 11% less than the national average, which means Arkansas residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for Nurse Practitioners is $118,040.
  • Average Arkansas Nurse Practitioners salary is $107,080.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Arkansas Nurse Practitioners earn an average salary of $120,072.

More cost-of-living reports for U.S. States.

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $107,080, Arkansas Nurse Practitioners tend to earn less than Nurse Anesthetists ($151,940).

However, Nurse Practitioners tend to earn more than Nursing Assistants ($27,840), LPNs ($43,040), Nursing Instructors ($57,340), and Registered Nurses ($65,810).

TitleAnnual Salary
Nurse Anesthetists$151,940
Nurse Practitioners$107,080
Registered Nurses$65,810
Nursing Instructors $57,340
LPNs$43,040
Nursing Assistants$27,840
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Projected Demand for Nurses in 2030

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that in Arkansas the three professions needing the most new nurses by 2030 are Registered Nurses (28,240), Nursing Assistants (20,050) and LPNs (12,870).

The three professions in Arkansas needing highest percentage new nurses by 2030 are Nurse Practitioners (53.9%), Nursing Instructors (22%) and Registered Nurses (9.1%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Registered Nurses25,89028,2409.1%1,640
Nursing Assistants18,43020,0508.8%2,480
LPNs11,96012,8707.6%1,030
Nurse Practitioners2,8004,31053.9%340
Nursing Instructors 59072022%70
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Arkansas Cities

The average salary for Nurse Practitioners in Arkansas is $107,080. The top cities that pay Nurse Practitioners the most are Pine Bluff ($92,740), South Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area ($117,110) and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers ($113,780).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Nurse Practitioners the highest average annual salary are South Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area ($137,051), North Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area ($125,091) and East Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area ($123,534).

The following table shows the average yearly salary range for Nurse Practitioners in each city, and the average yearly salary after being adjusted for cost-of-living in that state.

The difference column shows how much more or less purchasing power a Nurse Practitioners salary will have in that area.

AreaAverage SalaryCOL AdjustedDifference
South Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area$117,110$137,051$19,941
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers$113,780$121,977$8,197
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway$108,000$117,073$9,073
North Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area$106,890$125,091$18,201
East Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area$105,560$123,534$17,974
West Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area$104,370$122,142$17,772
Jonesboro$104,070$119,292$15,222
Fort Smith$102,150$114,415$12,265
Hot Springs$101,850$116,427$14,577
Pine Bluff$92,740$110,615$17,875
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Arkansas Nurse Practitioners

Arkansas Nurse Practitioners earn between $77,770 and $130,770 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 2,590 Nurse Practitioners employed in Arkansas which is about 1% of the U.S. total.

Nurse Anesthetists are the highest paid nurses in Arkansas with an average annual wage of $151,940.

An entry level nurse makes as much as $77,770 a year in Arkansas

The most Nurse Practitioners work in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area where 750 Nurse Practitioners are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Nurse Practitioners in Arkansas earn 120,072 per year, while the average across the United States earns $118,040.

By 2030, Arkansas will need 4,310 Nurse Practitioners. A total of 340 Nurse Practitioners will need to enter into the Arkansas work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

East Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $105,560
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $123,534
Hourly Wage: $50.75
Currently Employed: 130
Cost-of-Living Index: 85.45
East Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $113,780
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $121,977
Hourly Wage: $55
Currently Employed: 330
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.28
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Salary Report

Fort Smith

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $102,150
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $114,415
Hourly Wage: $49.11
Currently Employed: 200
Cost-of-Living Index: 89.28
Fort Smith Salary Report

Hot Springs

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $101,850
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $116,427
Hourly Wage: $49
Currently Employed: 100
Cost-of-Living Index: 87.48
Hot Springs Salary Report

Jonesboro

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $104,070
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $119,292
Hourly Wage: $50.04
Currently Employed: 320
Cost-of-Living Index: 87.24
Jonesboro Salary Report

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $108,000
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $117,073
Hourly Wage: $52
Currently Employed: 750
Cost-of-Living Index: 92.25
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Salary Report

North Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $106,890
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $125,091
Hourly Wage: $51.39
Currently Employed: 330
Cost-of-Living Index: 85.45
North Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Pine Bluff

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $92,740
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $110,615
Hourly Wage: $45
Currently Employed: 80
Cost-of-Living Index: 83.84
Pine Bluff Salary Report

South Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $117,110
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $137,051
Hourly Wage: $56.31
Currently Employed: 140
Cost-of-Living Index: 85.45
South Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

West Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Nurse Practitioners Salary: $104,370
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $122,142
Hourly Wage: $50
Currently Employed: 140
Cost-of-Living Index: 85.45
West Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

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