Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations projects outstanding growth for a number of high-level nursing positions between 2016 and 2026:

  • Nurse Educators – 24.1%
  • Nurse Practitioners – 36.4%
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – 18%

Many of the above positions are held by nurse who hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – a practice-based doctorate that is increasingly pursued for its value both in the field and for the nursing profession.

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The DNP has become a popular pursuit among advanced nursing clinical practitioners like nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and health diagnosing treating practitioners, all of whom are included in the occupational category of healthcare practitioners.

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations projects that professionals in this category will earn the second highest average salary in the state between 2016 and 2026.

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Obtaining a DNP offers an assurance of high salaries, according to a 2018 Advance Healthcare Network survey. The survey revealed that NPs who were DNP-educated earned an average of 7% more than NPs who had a master’s as their highest degree.

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

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 2018):

  • Nurse Practitioners – $149,050-$163,410
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $146,490-$185,400
  • Nurse Educators – $98,380-$117,210
  • Nurse Anesthetists: $204,790+

Salaries for DNP Nurses in Urban Honolulu and Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the most populated areas in the state (2018):

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Urban Honolulu: $151,390-$164,510
  • Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina: $142,590-$189,420

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Urban Honolulu: $204,480+

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Urban Honolulu: $148,380-$189,880

Nurse Educators:

  • Urban Honolulu: $97,510-$114,280

An Overview of Hourly Wages for Hawaii’s DNP-Educated Nurses

According to a 2019 Medscape Compensation Report, 78% of APRNs are paid overtime. It is often helpful to view hourly wages for DNP nurses because overtime for these professionals can account for a significant part of their annual income.

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The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:

  • Nurse Anesthetists: $98.45+
  • Nurse Practitioners: $71.66-$78.56
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives: $70.43-$89.14


Salary and employment data compiled by the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations 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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