In its Arkansas Occupational Employment and Wage Survey for 2014, the state’s Department of Workforce Services highlighted nurse anesthetists as being the 8th highest paying occupation in Arkansas on average in 2013—even higher paying than CEOs.
This Department predicts rapid job growth between 2012 and 2022 for nurse anesthetists and other professions that typically employ nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP):
- Nurse Educators – 45.3%
- Nurse Practitioners – 30.9%
- Nurse Anesthetists – 22%
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – 18.4%
- Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – 15.2%
The American Association of College of Nursing reported that nearly four times as many students in Arkansas were enrolled in DNP programs rather than seeking a PhD in 2015. This figure represents an increase of 29% in the number of students enrolled in DNP programs between 2014 and 2015 and thus highlights the value of this practice-based doctorate that provides an assurance of higher salaries.
Salaries for DNP Nurses in the Major Cities of Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the state’s most populated cities (2014):
- Fayetteville – $223,220
- Little Rock – $167,100
- Jonesboro – $103,230
- Jonesboro – $135,180
- Fayetteville – $119,230
- Little Rock – $103,250
- Fort Smith – $100,160
- Hot Springs – $91,160
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Little Rock – $104,570
- Fayetteville – $88,210
- Fort Smith – $87,140
- Jonesboro – $86,980
- Hot Springs – $71,720
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:
- Little Rock – $75,520
- Little Rock – $70,880
An Overview of Salaries for Arkansas’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 Arkansas’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):
*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.