The Kansas Department of Labor projects a high level of growth for a number of advanced nursing professions between 2012 and 2022. These estimates highlight the need for highly trained nurses in Kansas:
- Nurse Educators – 39.71% increase
- Nurse Practitioners – 26.63% increase
- Nurse-Midwives – 25.93% increase
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – 20.66% increase
Kansas faced such a severe shortage of nurses over the last decade that the state’s legislators created the Kansas Nursing Initiative. The Governor signed this $30 million funding and matching grant program in place in 2006. The iniative places a high value on the education of nurses in Kansas and provided the funding to hire a number of additional nursing faculty.
Stakelholders emphasize the value of obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)—the highest level of practical education available to nurses. Large numbers of nurses in Kansas are seeking to earn a DNP, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that 934 students enrolled in DNP programs in the state in the fall of 2015.
More than 10 times as many nurses enrolled in DNP programs as PhD ones that year—emphasizing the value of this practice-based doctorate that provides an assurance of high salaries. The Advance Healthcare Network quantified the increase in salary that a DNP confers by surveying nurse practitioners throughout the US about their salaries in 2014. NPs with a DNP earned an average of $13,003 more a year than NPs whose highest degree was a master’s.
Salaries for DNP Nurses Throughout Kansas
The US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of the state (2015):
- Southeast nonmetropolitan area: $149,640 – $155,430
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Lawrence: $95,290 – $120,560
- Manhattan: $76,190 – $89,260
- Topeka: $94,230 – $124,660
- Wichita: $91,040 – $118,190
- Topeka: $108,210 – $121,780
- Witchita: $96,640 – $108,960
- Southwest nonmetropolitan area: $98,050 – $108,480
- Northwest nonmetropolitan area: $141,090 – $155,730
- Northeast nonmetropolitan area: $103,980 – $117,050
- Southeast nonmetropolitan area: $104,650 – $118,740
An Overview of Salaries for Kansas’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 Kansas’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.