Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Maine

A shortage of healthcare providers in Maine offers opportunities for highly trained nurses in the state. Rural Maine suffers from a shortage of healthcare providers according to the state’s Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information. More than 40% of Maine’s residents live in rural areas, and recruiting and retaining healthcare providers is particularly difficult in these areas.

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According to Paul Bolin, the VP of Human Resources for the East region of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, the most difficult nursing positions to fill are those for experienced nurses with residency experience (Press Herald, 2014).

Nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) have the highest level of clinical training available to nurses and obtain at least 1,000 hours of clinical practice. However, DNP-educated nurses are in short supply in Maine. An official goal of The State of Maine Nursing Workforce Strategic Plan 2012-2020 is to educate at least 10% of the states BSN-educated nurses so that they have an MSN or ideally a DNP.

Maine launched its first campus-based DNP program in 2012. Five students were enrolled in DNP programs in Maine in the fall of 2015 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Obtaining a DNP confers both the ability to practice at a high level and significant economic benefits. The Advance Healthcare Network quantified the increase in salaries conferred by a DNP and reported that educated nurse practitioners surveyed in 2014 with this degree earned an average of 13% more than NPs whose highest degree was a master’s.

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

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information, 2015):

  • Nurse Administrators and Executives: $104,210 – $147,980
  • Nurse Practitioners: $106,280 – $123,880
  • Nurse-Midwives: $107,610 – $120,750
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners: $101,180 – $139,260
  • Nursing Educators: $79,400 – $100,400

Shown here are the average ranges for salaries that fall between the 75th and 90th percentiles for each role. This best represents the average earnings for DNP-educated nurses, giving consideration to the fact that DNPs earn more than master’s-prepared nurses in the same roles.

Salaries for DNP Nurses in the Major Regions of Maine

The Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major regions of the state (2015):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Central Western: $205,742 – not available
  • York County: $187,213 – not available
  • Coastal Counties: $179,830 – not available
  • Portland: $174,020 – not available

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Waldo County: $174,580 – not available
  • Portsmouth: $121,980 – $157,340
  • Dover-Durham: $115,260 – $142,660
  • Cumberland County: $113,319 – $149,583
  • Portland: $111,590 – $147,990
  • Coastal Counties: $111,330 – $151,037
  • Central Western: $109,826 – not available
  • York County: $104,623 – $126,770
  • Lewiston-Auburn: $100,750 – $121,930
  • Androscoggin County: $100,748 – $121,931
  • Piscataquis County: $99,331 – $144,101
  • Kennebec County: $97,373 – $125,120
  • Hancock County: $96,987 – $143,230
  • Tri County: $96,801 – $123,957
  • Penobscot County: $96,518 – 121,644
  • Bangor: $96,200 – $121,650
  • Aroostook County: $89,823 – $117,842
  • Washington County: $80,802 – $101,423

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Knox County: $140,282 – $161,743
  • Dover-Durham: $124,240 – $143,140
  • Portsmouth: $122,400 – $149,220
  • Cumberland County: $115,644 – $144,785
  • Penobscot County: $113,881 – $121,919
  • Bangor: $113,750 – $121,680
  • Tri County: $112,707 – $121,616
  • Coastal Counties: $111,451 – $135,672
  • Portland: $109,260 – $126,930
  • York County: $102,315 – $117,762
  • Androscoggin County: $101,762 – $119,754
  • Lewiston-Auburn: $101,760 – $119,750
  • Waldo County: $100,735 – $104,559
  • Central Western: $98,389 – $114,219
  • Aroostook County: $97,915 – $116,652
  • Kennebec County: $97,808 – $109,012
  • Hancock County: $96,860 – $106,052
  • Oxford County: $96,001 – $100,677
  • Washington County: $91,494 – $99,392

Nurse Midwives:

  • Tri County: $115,538 – $121,695
  • Portland: $113,050 – $121,695
  • Cumberland County: $111,725 – $123,055
  • Coastal Counties: $109,543 – 121,583
  • Central Western: $94,266 – $100,182

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners

  • Bangor: $146,660 – $153,730
  • Penobscot County: $146,655 – $153,724
  • Tri County: $145,006 – $153,064
  • Central Western: $93,642 – $114,847
  • Kennebec County: $92,612 – $110,865
  • Coastal Counties: $75,446 – $97,865
  • Cumberland County: $72,959 – $95,051
  • Portland: $67,220 – $80,700

Nurse Educators:

  • Portland: $83,060 – $107,890
  • Cumberland County: $83,054 – $107,890
  • Coastal Counties: $83,054 – $107,890
  • Central Western: $76,219 – $92,641
  • Penobscot County: $74,271 – $79,832
  • Tri County: $74,271 – $79,832
  • Bangor: $74,270 – $79,830

Salaries designated as “not available” are those that exceed what the Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information reports.

An Overview of Salaries for Maine’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 Maine’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):

 

Occupation
Hourly 75th percentile wage
Annual 75th percentile wag)
Medical and Health Services Managers
50.04
104080
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
82080
Nurse Anesthetists
90.00*
187199*
Nurse Midwives
53.19
110640
Nurse Practitioners
51.16
106410
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
41.77
86870

*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.

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