The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation placed the professions of nurse practitioners and nurse educators on its list of the Top 15 Hot Jobs Now in the state for professionals with a graduate or professional degree. These advanced nursing professions were chosen on the basis of these factors for the state’s analysis of the period between 2012 and 2022:
- High number of annual job openings
- Higher than average projected increases in employment
- Above average annual wages
A 2011 report by the Maryland Governor’s Workforce Board entitled Preparing Maryland’s Workforce for Health Reform: Health Care 2020 predicted that 360,000 residents of the state will become newly insured by 2020 due to the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Thus, Maryland will need an increased number of nurses and other healthcare providers to provide adequate care to its population.
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are a key component of the state’s nursing workforce, and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration reported that non-physician clinicians are an increasingly large proportion of Maryland’s primary care provider workforce.
A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is rapidly becoming the default degree for APRNs, and a number of Maryland’s nurses are seeking this degree according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The AACN reported that 512 of Maryland’s nurses were enrolled in DNP programs in 2015 and that more than four times as many nursing students sought DNPs rather than PhDs that year.
Earning a DNP provides an assurance of high salaries as demonstrated by a national survey of nurse practitioners by the Advance Healthcare Network. This survey identified a 13% increase in the salaries of nurse practitioners who possessed a DNP compared to those whose highest degree was an MSN.
Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APNs and More in Maryland
DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, 2015):
- Nurse Anesthetists – $212,803
- Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $144,076
- Nurse Administrators and Educators – $127,333
- Nurse-Midwives – $113,807
- Nurse Practitioners – $106,782
- Nurse Educators – $90,067
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Maryland’s Major Regions
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major regions of the state (2015):
- Baltimore City – $164,168
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Anne Arundel – $137,229
- Montgomery County – $130,507
- Baltimore City – $128,672
- Prince George’s County – $121,397
- Frederick County – $113,605
Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
- Montgomery County – $145,962
- Frederick County – $136,748
- Prince George’s County – $132,544
- Baltimore City – $110,443
- Anne Arundel – $109,688
- Frederick County – $109,581
- Baltimore City – $106,801
- Montgomery County – $91,803
- Baltimore City – $115,342
- Baltimore City – $96,067
An Overview of Salaries for Maryland’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 Maryland’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):
Medical and Health Services Managers
*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.