Job prospects for nurse practitioners and nurse administrators and executives are so promising in Indiana that these professions topped the Indiana Career Ready’s In-Demand Jobs – Indiana’s Hottest Occupations list in 2019.
In fact, job growth predictions between 2016 and 2026 are quite impressive for a number of advanced nursing professionals, many of whom often hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP):
- Nurse Practitioners – 38.7%
- Nurse Educators – 22.3%
- Nurse-Midwives – 12.5%
- Nurse Anesthetists –16.9%
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – 21.9%
The 2017 Indiana Nursing Licensure Survey data report by the Indiana University School of Medicine found that the DNP is becoming an increasingly popular pursuit among practicing nurses. In fact, the survey found that more than 10% of all APRN respondents reported that they had plans to pursue the DNP within the next two years. This number represents a steady increase since 2009.
Possessing a DNP provides an assurance of high salaries, since a DNP provides the highest level of practical nursing training available. According to the Advance Healthcare Network, in 2018, NPs with a DNP earned an average of $7,683 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, 2018):
- Nurse Anesthetists: $179,910+
- Nurse-Midwives: $122,650-$130,400
- Nurse Practitioners: $119,390-$130,170
- Nurse Administrators and Executives: $117,700-$156,360
- Nurse Educators: $95,710-$120,270
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 (2018):
- Indianapolis: $204,470+
- South Bend: $156,020-$163,400
- Indianapolis: $121,820-$130,200
- Fort Wayne: $112,970-$124,680
- Evansville: $115,370-$129,930
- South Bend: $121,200-$131,080
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Bloomington: $114,730-$149,940
- Indianapolis: $127,310-$168,590
- Fort Wayne: $122,680-$158,150
- Evansville: $102,540-$133,610
- Indianapolis: $109,950-$128,450
An Overview of Hourly Wages for Indiana’s DNP-Educated Nurses
A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work, which means these professionals are paid an hourly wage. 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.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse Anesthetists: $86.49+
- Nurse Practitioners: $57.40-$62.58
- Nurse Midwives: $58.97-$62.69
- Nurse Administrators and Executives: $56.59-$75.17
Salary and employment data compiled by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in May of 2018 – (http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/). 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.