Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development revealed some of the fastest growing occupations between 2016 and 2026 and, not surprisingly, advanced practice nursing positions ranked near the top. Other advanced nursing professionals to also post impressive projections during this time include:

  • Nurse practitioners: 27.5%
  • Nursing instructors: 27%
  • Nurse administrators and executives: $15.7%

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The Massachusetts Action Coalition, a state campaign designed to support healthcare reform through an educated, skilled nursing workforce, is part of the Academic Progression in Nursing initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It’s one of nine state action coalitions that’s working to accelerate the goal of seamless academic progression for state nurses.

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Just one of the efforts of the coalition involves advocating for the use of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to provide high quality, accessible, and cost-effective care.

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is rapidly become the preferred credential for APRNs, as it enables them to provide exceptional levels of care to patients.

Earning a DNP provides an assurance of high salaries, according to the Advance Healthcare Network, which surveyed nurse practitioners throughout the country in 2018. Their results indicated that possessing a DNP conferred a 7% 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, 2018):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $206,340+
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $157,710+
  • Nurse-Midwives – $136,840-$165,060
  • Nurse Practitioners – $137,570-$163,660
  • Nurse Educators – $98,680-$133,430

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 (2018):

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Boston: $164,210+
  • New Bedford: $113,570=$147,190
  • Springfield: $118,480-$156,050
  • Worcester: $125,980-$171,130

Nurse Educators:

  • Boston: $100,620-$143,890
  • Springfield: $92,800-$102,270
  • Worcester: $95,360-$111,170

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Boston: $140,040-$165,150
  • New Bedford: $189,030+
  • Springfield: $126,580-$142,210
  • Worcester: $134,180-$159,800

Nurse Midwives:

  •  Boston: $137,860-$171,610

Nurse Anesthetists:

  •  Boston: $207,660+

An Overview of Hourly Wages for DNP-Educated Nurses in Massachusetts

A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work, revealing that hourly wages in this field are quite common.

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The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:

  • Nurse Anesthetists: $99.20+
  • Nurse Practitioners: $66.14-$78.68
  • Nurse-Midwives: $65.79-$79.36
  • Nurse Administrators: $75.82+


Salary and employment data compiled by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development in May of 2018 – ( 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.

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