The job prospects for nurse practitioners and nurse administrators and executives are so promising in Indiana that these professions made the Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs list produced by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
In fact, job growth predictions between 2012 and 2022 are very high for a number of advanced nursing professions that frequently employ nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP):
- Nurse Practitioners – 59.7%
- Nurse Educators – 39.5%
- Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – 37.5%
- Nurse-Midwives – 36.8%
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – 22.1%
A 2013 report by the Indiana Action Coalition entitled An Overview of the Nursing Workforce, Educational Capacity and Future Demand for Nurses in the State of Indiana described the dramatic growth in the number of DNP programs in the state along with increasing enrollment and graduation rates.
Enrollment in Indiana’s DNP programs rose 67% between 2009 and 2011, while the number of graduates increased by 300% during this period. In contrast, the number of PhD students in Indiana decreased between 2009 and 2011.
The 2015 Nursing Policy Report by the by the Health Workforce Studies Program at the University of Indiana School of Medicine described the increasing interest in pursuing doctorate level training in nursing. The total number of nurses who declared their intention to obtain a DNP doubled between 2009 and 2013, while the number of nurses who said they would seek PhD-level training remained the same over this period.
Possessing a DNP provides an assurance of high salaries, since a DNP provides the highest level of practical nursing training available. The Advance Healthcare Network quantified the economic benefits of obtaining a DNP by surveying nurse practitioners throughout the US in 2014. NPs with a DNP earned an average of $13,003 more a year than NPs whose highest degree was a master’s.
Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APNs and More in Indiana
DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Indiana Department of Workforce Development, 2015):
- Nurse Anesthetists: $187,199*
- Nurse-Midwives: $113,090 – $137,259
- Nurse Practitioners: $103,917 – $123,011
- Nurse Administrators and Executives: $100,464 – $133,037
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Indiana’s Major Cities
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the most populated cities in the state (2015):
- Gary: $179,254 – >$187,199
- Indianapolis: $141,357 – $172,266
- Bloomington: $96,637 – $103,397
- Evansville: $102,149 – $117,208
- Fort Wayne: $105,726 – $122,408
- Gary: $102,648 – $121,472
- Indianapolis: $141,357 – $172,266
- Lafayette: $125,715 – >$187,199
- Muncie: $96,096 – $116,376
- South Bend: $99,798 – $116.043
- Terre Haute: $114,858 – $121,326
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Bloomington: $99,923 – $121,243
- Columbus: $102,918 – $128,918
- Evansville: $100,173 – $154,877
- Fort Wayne: $102,398 – $157,082
- Gary: $100,173 – $124,342
- Indianapolis: $113,526 – $158,475
- Muncie: $102,981 – $172,557
- South Bend: $94,099 – $117,354
- Terre Haute: $87,880 – $101,338
An Overview of Salaries for Indiana’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 Indiana’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.