Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects double-digit job growth projections for a number of advanced nursing professions in the state between 2016 and 2026:

  • Nurse Administrators: 18.5%
  • Nurse Practitioners: 27.8%
  • Nurse-Midwives: 15.4%
  • Nurse Anesthetists: 16.2%

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Many times, these advanced nurse clinicians hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – the highest level of education available to nurses. Statistics from the Minnesota Board of Nursing’s 2018 Annual Nursing Education Program Report reflect the popularity of this degree. Between 2015-2016 and 2017-2018, the number of nurses reporting a doctorate as their highest degree completed increased 125%.

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In addition to providing the highest level of practical training for nurses, earning a DNP confers an assurance of high salaries. The Advance Healthcare Network, in its 2018 survey of nurse practitioner salaries around the country, revealed that nurse practitioners with a DNP earned an average of $7,683 more than NPs whose highest degree was a master’s.

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

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, 2018):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $204,280+
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $126,460-$163,050
  • Nurse-Midwives – $127,020-$153,850
  • Nurse Practitioners – $127,630-$149,770

Salaries for DNP Nurses in the Major Metro Regions of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major metro regions of the state (2018):

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Duluth: $114,230-$131,350
  • Mankato: $91,350-$102,840
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington: $132,160-$176,770
  • Cloud: $133,240-$154,790

Nurse Educators

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington: $89,080-$109,570

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington: $201,650+

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Duluth: $128,360-$151,770
  • Mankato: $117,380-$125,690
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington: $126,500-$141,990
  • Cloud: $124,720-$140,100


  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington: $128,070-$155,380

An Overview of Hourly Wages for Minnesota’s DNP-Educated Nurses

A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work, which means these professionals are paid an hourly wage. Identifying hourly wages is important when considering total compensation, as overtime can account for a relatively large portion of an APRN’s pay.

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:

  • Nurse Anesthetists: $98.21+
  • Nurse-Midwives: $61.07-$73.96
  • Nurse Practitioners: $61.36-$72.00
  • Nurse Administrators: $60.80-$78.39


Salary and employment data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic 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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