Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Arizona

Nurses in Arizona and throughout the country who earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) have the highest level of practice training available in the field and are in high demand. In fact, the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics projects robust growth between 2016 and 2026 for many nursing professionals who frequently hold a DNP:

  • Nurse Educators – 28.6%
  • Nurse Practitioners –57.7%
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – 40.3%

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Many of Arizona’s residents are taking advantage of the opportunity to earn a DNP, according to the Arizona Board of Nursing. As of 2017, there were 702 students in Arizona enrolled in DNP programs.

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Nurses who possess a DNP earn significantly more than their MSN-educated counterparts, according to a survey by the Advance Healthcare Network. Its survey of nurse practitioners throughout the country in 2018 found that NPs with a DNP earned an average of 7% more than NPs with an MSN as their highest degree.

Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in Arizona

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics, 2018):

  • Nurse Anesthetists: $162,030-$189,250
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives: $131,090-$201,860
  • Nurse Practitioners: $128,890-$154,820
  • Nurse Educators: $97,880-$135,740

Salaries for DNP Nurses in Arizona’s Major Cities

The Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the state’s most populated cities (2018):

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Phoenix: $134,030+
  • Tucson: $127,620-$171,810
  • Prescott: $121,880-$144,380
  • Flagstaff: $136,520-$181,410

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Phoenix: $160,960-$180,960

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Phoenix: $127,480-$149,300
  • Tucson: $130,810-$155,930
  • Prescott: $162,850-$195,830
  • Flagstaff: $123,580-$141,730

Nurse Educators:

  • Phoenix: $97,330-$139,720
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An Overview of Hourly Wages for Arizona’s DNP-Educated Nurses

A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime, revealing that many of these DNP-educated practitioners earn an hourly wage. The Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics provides hourly wages for DNP-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:

  • Nurse Anesthetists: $77.90-$90.99
  • Nurse-Midwives: $62.05-$87.97
  • Nurse Practitioners: $61.97-$74.43
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives: $63.02-$97.05


Salary and employment data compiled by the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics in May of 2018 – ( Salary data represents state and MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

All salary and job growth data accessed in December 2019.

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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