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New Behavioral Health Study Shows Psychiatric NP Rates Increase 5.65% in 2020

Oakland, NJ, June 2020 – The 4th annual Behavioral Health Salary & Benefits Report, published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), is now available.  A comparison of the national 50th percentile in the 2019 and 2020 Reports showed the national hourly rate for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (Psych NPs)  in behavioral health facilities increased 5.65%.  The national hourly rate in 2020 was $67.72 compared to $64.10 in 2019.

In a state comparison, Pennsylvania had the lowest Psych NP rate of $58.02; while Arizona had the highest hourly rate of $75.73.  There was a 4.06% difference between for-profit and not-for-profit Psych NP rates. The national hourly rate for Psych NPs in for-profit facilities was $67.92; the national 50th percentile in not-for-profit facilities was $65.27. All statistics cited above represent the 50th percentile. The average bonus reported for Psych NPs was 3.16% of salary.

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Source: 2019 + 2020 HCS Behavioral Health Salary & Benefits Reports
Comparison of national data (all participants)

Tuition assistance showed a significant increase in both the percent and the dollar amount paid by the facility. Tuition assistance was offered by 59.0% of participants. The average amount paid by the facility increased from 77.5% in 2019 to 90.0% in 2020. The average dollar amount paid for tuition assistance increased from $2,541 last year to $3,056 in 2020.

531 behavioral health facilities nationwide participated in the study and provided data on 22,915 employees.  28.25% of participants were not-for-profit facilities; 71.75% reporting were for-profit facilities.  The results cover hourly and bonus data for 60+ jobs.  Job data are grouped by region, state, CBSA, profit type, hospital + community health centers vs. non-hospital/non-chc data.  The Report also includes 12 fringe benefits, turnover rates by department, actual and projected salary increases.

The Report is available for $350.  To order online, visit the HCS website at www.hhcsinc.com or call (201) 405-0075.

HCS, founded in 1971, is recognized as the leader in national healthcare salary and benefits research.  HCS conducts national and custom marketplace studies, publishing ten specialized Reports each year.  For a complete listing of all products and services, please visit the HCS website.


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