The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development featured the occupations with the fastest rates of growth between 2012 and 2022. Nurse educators ranked 13th out of more than 800 occupations with a projected growth rate of 34.32% over this ten-year period. Nurse practitioners also made this list with an anticipated growth rate of 25.65%.
A 2014 report by the Massachusetts Action Coalition cited a study that suggests that documented wait times for primary and specialty healthcare in Massachusetts are the highest in the country. Stakeholders increasingly advocate using advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) such as nurse practitioners to provide high quality, accessible, and cost-effective care.
A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is rapidly become the preferred credential for APRNs enabling them to provide exceptional levels of care to patients. Nearly 700 of Massachusetts’ nurses availed themselves of the opportunity to earn a DNP in 2015 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The number of students in Massachusetts seeking a DNP rather than a PhD exceeded 280%, thus reinforcing the value of this practice-based doctorate.
Earning a DNP provides an assurance of high salaries according to the Advance Healthcare Network which surveyed nurse practitioners throughout the country in 2014. Their results indicated that possessing a DNP conferred a 13% increase in salary compared to that of nurses whose highest degree was an MSN.
Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in Massachusetts
DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, 2015):
- Nurse Anesthetists – $169,900
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – $128,500
- Nurse-Midwives – $122,540
- Nurse Practitioners – $120,610
- Nurse Educators – $105,950
- Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $102,890
Shown here is the average salary for experienced professionals 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 Cities of Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of the state (2015):
- Boston – $205,500
- Worcester – $177,470
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Boston – $130,560
- Worcester – $127,130
- Springfield – $125,670
- New Bedford – $105,820
- New Bedford – $147,500
- Boston – $122,150
- Worcester – $114,010
- Pittsfield – $110,040
- Springfield – $108,370
- Springfield – $124,830
- Boston – $105,950
- Worcester – $104,270
- Boston – $126,790
- Springfield – $101.230
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
- Boston – $103,340
- Worcester – $94,020
- Springfield – $94,020
An Overview of Salaries for DNP-Educated Nurses in Massachusetts 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 nurses in Massachusetts 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.