According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Connecticut will have a supply of 2,860 primary care physicians by 2025, while the demand for these healthcare professionals will grow to 3,000, thus revealing a deficit of 140 physicians.
However, the good news is that highly educated nurses like advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) have the potential to help ameliorate the shortage of highly trained healthcare providers that faces Connecticut and the country.
With a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) rapidly becoming the preferred degree, many current and prospective APRNs are seeking this high-level practice-focused credential to boost their earning potential and career options. According to the Connecticut League for Nursing’s report, Educating Connecticut Nurses – Pipeline to Practice report, 98 nurses in the state earned a DNP in 2017, compared with just 10 nurses who earned a PhD.
The nurse practitioner (NP) continues to dominate the APRN field. The League for Nursing report found that there were 250 NP graduates in 2017 alone in Connecticut.
Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in Connecticut
Nurse administrators in Connecticut earned the 4th highest average salary in the country in 2018, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Connecticut Department of Labor, 2018):
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – $146,560+
- Nurse Anesthetists – $206,790+
- Nurse Practitioners – $129,530-$156,640
- Nurse-Midwives – $124,740-$137,980
- Nurse Educators – $139,480-$159,230
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Connecticut’s Labor Market Areas
The Connecticut Department of Labor provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the state’s most populated labor markets (2018):
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Bridgeport-Stamford – $165,190+
- Danbury – $152,170+
- Hartford – $148,220+
- New Haven – $146,570-$171,630
- Norwich-New London – $123,930-$165,850
- Bridgeport-Stamford – $162,060+
- Hartford – $127,960-$147,530
- New Haven – $128,940-$147,030
- Norwich-New London – $122,680-$136,520
- New Haven: $206,300+
- Hartford – $140,970-$160,070
- New Haven – $139,440-$159,600
- Norwich-New London: $152,040-$164,380
An Overview of Hourly Wages for Connecticut’s DNP-Educated Nurses
According to a 2019 Medscape Compensation Report, 78% of APRNs are paid overtime, which reveals that many DNP nurses are paid hourly. The Connecticut Department of Labor provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse Anesthetists: $99.42+
- Nurse-Midwives: $59.97-$66.34
- Nurse Practitioners: $62.28-$75.31
- Nurse Administrators and Executives: $70.46+
Salary and employment data compiled by the Connecticut Department of Labor in May of 2018 – (http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/projections.asp). 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.