Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Alaska

The Alaska Workforce Investment Board targeted healthcare as an industry “critical to Alaska’s workforce and economic needs” according to the state’s Health Workforce Planning Coalition Alaska Health Workforce Plan of 2010.

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The Plan notes that fields that frequently employ nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are among those that require “action in the short term” to provide adequate care to the residents of the state. Both advanced nurse practitioners and nurse educators ranked among the 26 most critical healthcare occupations. In fact, the plan cited a 2009 study from the University of Alaska that identified a 37.4% vacancy rate among pediatric health practitioners.

In a 2011 report entitled Alaska’s Health Care Industry, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the healthcare industry in the state grew the fastest of any industry during the previous ten years. The Department predicts this trend to continue through 2018 with expected growth of 26.1%.

The shortage of DNP-educated nurses in Alaska is so acute that the state’s primary nursing school started a new DNP program in 2015. Obtaining a DNP provides a significant economic benefit, helping to offer the assurance of higher salaries. The Advance Healthcare Network surveyed nurse practitioners throughout the country in 2014 and determined that NPs with a Doctor of Nursing Practice earned $13,003 more than NPs with a master’s degree.

Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APNs and More in Alaska

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 2015):

  • Nurse Anesthetists: $186,742 – >$187,200
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives: $133,286 – >$187,200
  • Nurse Practitioners: $138,611 – $154,960
  • Nurse Educators: $97,900 – $133,260
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners: $91,354 – $118,394

Shown here are the average ranges for salaries that fall between the 75th and 90th percentiles for each role. This best represents the average earnings for DNP-educated nurses, giving consideration to the fact that DNPs earn more than master’s-prepared nurses in the same roles.

Salaries for DNP Nurses in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the Balance of State

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the state’s most populated cities and the balance of state (2015):

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Anchorage: $157,352 – $187,200*
  • Fairbanks: $119,267 – $123,864
  • Balance of State: $140,130 – $184,267

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Anchorage: $133,390 – $150,696
  • Balance of State: $143,936 – $157,373

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:

  • Anchorage: $118,498 – $151,590
  • Fairbanks: $89,190 – $112,070
  • Balance of State: $87,838 – $96,158

Shown here are the average ranges for salaries that fall between the 75th and 90th percentiles for each role. This best represents the average earnings for DNP-educated nurses, giving consideration to the fact that DNPs earn more than master’s-prepared nurses in the same roles.

An Overview of Salaries for Alaska’s DNP-Educated Nurses as Published by the US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an overview of the salaries for Alaska’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):

 

Occupation
Hourly 75th percentile wage
Annual 75th percentile wage
Medical and Health Services Managers
58.52
121720
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary(251072)
Not available
94180
Nurse Anesthetists
86.85
180650
Nurse Midwives
56.74
118010
Nurse Practitioners
60.64
126140
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
37.50
78010

*These values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour and $187,199 per year. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data higher than these values.

This page includes salaries that fall within the 75th and 90th percentiles for each nursing role to account for the fact that DNP-educated nurses are recognized as earning more than master’s-prepared nurses in the same roles.

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