Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Florida

In its 2016 forecast for nursing in the state, the Florida Center for Nursing described how the state will “face a shortage of RNs by 2025 that is capable of crippling our healthcare system” and limiting access to care for the residents of the state. The forecast describes a number of reasons that Florida faces such a critical nursing shortage:

  • Florida’s large Baby Boomer population will reach typical retirement age and require more care for age-related conditions
  • Healthcare reform will increase the demand for more healthcare services
  • More than 40% of the nurses in Florida are approaching retirement age within the next 10 years
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The Florida Center for Nursing and other stakeholders place an increasing emphasis on nurses obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), since it produces the highest level of practice-focused training available.

The Florida Action Coalition provided detailed information on the number and percentages of RNs in Florida who have a doctorate in nursing in its 2016 Florida State and Regional Data population. Of the 158,255 employed RNs who provided education data in the 2015 survey, 536 possessed a nursing doctorate.

This publication provided a breakdown of the regional location of these doctoral-prepared nurses. The greatest number were in southern Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties):

  • South – 133
  • West Central – 106
  • Southeast -72
  • East Central – 65
  • Northeast – 61
  • North Central – 50
  • Southwest – 28
  • Northwest – 21

A number of Florida’s nurses are seeking to broaden their expertise and career opportunities by obtaining a DNP according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The AACN reported that 975 students were enrolled in DNP programs in Florida in the fall of 2015. Nearly 3 times as many students sought a DNP rather than a PhD at the time—highlighting the value of this practice based degree.

Possessing a DNP offers the assurance of high salaries as documented by the Advance Healthcare Network in its 2014 survey of the salaries of nurse practitioners throughout the county. NPs with a DNP earned an average of 13% more than those with a master’s degree.

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

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 2016):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $169,520
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $136,753
  • Nurse Practitioners – $109,138
  • Nurse-Midwives – $99,674
  • Nurse Educators – $84,732
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $83,554

Salaries for DNP Nurses in Florida’s Major Cities

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the most populated cities in the state (2016):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Miami – $224,827
  • Fort Lauderdale – $183,872
  • Jacksonville – $172,328
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg – $164,611
  • Orlando – $142,355

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Fort Lauderdale – $161,762
  • Orlando – $148,346
  • Miami – $141,398
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg – $134,701
  • Jacksonville – $126,402
  • Tallahassee – $121,368

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Jacksonville – $121,202
  • Orlando – $120,432
  • Miami – $104,541
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg – $102,773
  • Lauderdale – $98,571
  • Tallahassee – $91,478

Nurse-Midwives:

  • Tampa-St. Petersburg – $109,346
  • Orlando – $93,246
  • Miami – $92,934

Nurse Educators:

  • Tallahassee – $105,836
  • Miami – $93,666
  • Lauderdale – $85,941
  • Jacksonville – $85,696
  • Orlando – $79,738
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg – $79,306

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:

  • Tampa-St. Petersburg – $85,862
  • Jacksonville – $85,134
  • Lauderdale – $84,698
  • Orlando – $82,326
  • Miami – $70,304

An Overview of Salaries for Florida’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 annual and hourly salaries for Florida’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
58.00
120650
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
83000
Nurse Anesthetists
77.98
162200
Nurse Midwives
48.63
101140
Nurse Practitioners
49.35
102640
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
36.49
75890

*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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