Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Minnesota

The Minnesota Office of Rural Health & Primary Care Health Workforce Analysis Program analyzed the state’s healthcare status and that of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in 2010. Rural Minnesota suffers from a long-term lack of high quality primary care and general surgery, both areas that typically rely on the expertise of APRNs.

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This publication reports how “an emerging national educational standard leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).” While this has yet to be a formal requirement in Minnesota, many of the state’s nursing schools are steering APRN students towards a DNP instead of a master’s and one requires that prospective APRNs earn a DNP.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported how an exceptionally large number of students were enrolled in DNP programs in Minnesota in 2015. More than 2,000 students sought a DNP that year—more than eight times as many as were seeking a PhD. This figure highlights the value of this practice-based doctorate.

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 documented this in its 2014 survey of nurse practitioner salaries around the country.   Nurse practitioners with a DNP earned an average of $13,003 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, 2015):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $184,517 – >$208,000
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $118,414 – $157,373
  • Nurse-Midwives – $120,578 – $135,720
  • Nurse Practitioners – $117,978 – $129,854
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $91,770 – $121,155
  • Nurse Educators – $84,362 – $99,882

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 the Major Cities of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of the state (2015):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Rochester: >$208,000
  • Duluth-Superior: >$208,000
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul: $173,430 – >$208,000

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Rochester: $147,326 – $184,588
  • Cloud: $139,464 – $167,211
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul: $120,827 – $165,298
  • Grand Forks: $108,909 – $143,437
  • Fargo-Moorhead: $111,738 -$128,045
  • Duluth-Superior: $109,866 – $125,819
  • La Cross: $87,547 – $111,342

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Rochester: $120,307 – $136,885
  • Cloud: $118,726 – $130,125
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul: $118,019 – $129,022
  • Duluth-Superior: $116,334 – $124,010
  • Mankato-North Mankato: $109,762 – $119,995
  • Fargo-Moorhead: $102,835 – $118,082

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 Minnesota’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 Minnesota’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

56.15
116790
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
83200
Nurse Anesthetists
87.49
181970
Nurse Midwives
57.17
118910
Nurse Practitioners
55.94
116350
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
43.51
90490

*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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