Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Michigan

The shortage of nurses in Michigan is so acute that the Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing prepared a report called The Nursing Agenda for Michigan: 2005-2010—Actions to Avert a Crisis. In addition to RNs, advanced practice nurses (APNs) are also in short supply. Accross all practice levels, demand is high for nurses in Michigan.

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Current estimates suggest that this shortage will continue to 2030. The Michigan Center for Nursing’s Survey of Nurses 2015 indicated that 3.5% of all active RNs held an APN license as a nurse practitioner. Slightly more than 1% of Michigan’s active RNs had a nurse anesthetist license.

Stakeholders advocate that APNs earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which provides the highest level of clinical training available to nurses. Nearly 1% of the nurses surveyed in 2015 held a doctorate in nursing, and 44% of these nurses had earned a DNP.

Michigan’s nurses are seeking DNPs in increasing numbers. The percent of nurses who held a DNP increased 2.4-fold between 2009 and 2015. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that 567 nurses were enrolled in DNP programs as of the fall of 2015—seven times as many as those enrolled in PhD programs. This figure reinforces the value of this practice-based doctorate which offers a wider array of opportunities than a PhD.

In fact, earning a DNP offers an assurance of high salaries as shown by the Advance Healthcare Network survey of nurse practitioners in 2014. This national survey identified a 13% increase in the salary of DNP-educated NPs compared to those who held a master’s degree.

Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APNs and More in Michigan

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, 2015):

  • Nurse Administrators and Executives: $114,412 – $157,186
  • Nurse Practitioners: $106,891 – 123,053
  • Nurse-Midwives: $108,326 – $120,494
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners: $95,451 – $120,994

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 Michigan’s Major Cities

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of the state (2015):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Detroit: >$187,199
  • Flint: >$187,199
  • Grand Rapids: $164,122 – $182,229
  • Warren: >$187,199

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Ann Arbor: $116,188 – $142,251
  • Detroit: $123,094 – $184,528
  • Flint: $103,064 – $130,042
  • Grand Rapids: $116,958 – >$187,199
  • Lansing: $119,330 – $134,971
  • Warren: $120,682 – $180,482

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Ann Arbor: $110,385 – $121,971
  • Detroit: $107,952 – $123,677
  • Flint: $115,856 – $145,683
  • Grand Rapids: $100,443 – $117,333
  • Lansing: $105,976 – $124.966
  • Warren: $108,930 – $122,616

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners

  • Detroit: $117,853 – $131,019
  • Grand Rapids: $114,338 – $125,486
  • Warren: $109,262 – $151,944

Nurse Midwives:

  • Detroit: $103,314 – $117,811
  • Warren: $99,986 – $104,499

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.

An Overview of Salaries for Michigan’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 Michigan’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 wage

Medical and Health Services Managers

53.72
111740
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
89320
Nurse Anesthetists
90.00*
187199*
Nurse Midwives
52.73
109680
Nurse Practitioners
50.86
105780
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
46.06
95810

 

*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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