The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations predicted growth rates for these high-level nursing positions, which are significantly higher than the overall average job growth rate in the state for the ten-year projection period leading up to 2022:
- Nurse Educators – 33.9%
- Nurse Practitioners – 25.5%
- Nurse-Midwives – 20.0%
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – 16.1%
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 89 students in Hawaii enrolled in Doctor of Nursing (DNP) programs in 2015. This number is twice as many as those seeking PhDs that year, thus highlighting the value of this practice-based doctorate.
Many of the nurses who earn DNPs include advanced nursing clinical practitioners such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and health diagnosing treating practitioners who 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 an average salary that is the second highest in the state between 2012 and 2022. Nurses such as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) will earn even higher salaries because they frequently possess a DNP.
Obtaining a DNP offers an assurance of high salaries as shown by the Advance Healthcare Network survey on the salaries of nurse practitioners in the US in 2014. NPs who were DNP-educated earned an average of 13% 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, 2014):
- Nurse Practitioners – $134,620
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – $133,840
- Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $107,660
- Nurse Educators – $89,380
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Honolulu and Maui Counties
The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the most populated counties in the state (2014):
- Honolulu County – $147,130
- Maui County – $100,650
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Honolulu County – $138,980
- Maui County – $72,990
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:
- Honolulu County – $109,440
- Honolulu County – $90,940
An Overview of Salaries for Hawaii’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 Hawaii’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):
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.