Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Mississippi

Mississippi suffers from a shortfall of both nurses and physicians. The state had the lowest per capita number of primary physicians in the country according to a 2014 policy brief on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNS) by the Mississippi Rural Health Association.

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A large number of studies indicate that APRNs provide quality medical care that is as good or better than that of physicians. However, the Health Resources and Services Administration predicts a 22% shortage of nurses in Mississippi by 2020.

Stakeholders in Mississippi emphasize education as a way to increase the number of nurses in the state. The Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning, Nursing Education partnered with the Mississippi Council of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing to publish a summary of Nursing Education Opportunities in Mississippi for 2013-14.

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) provides the highest level of practical training available to nurses and is rapidly becoming the preferred credential for APRNs. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that 130 students in Mississippi were seeking a DNP during the fall of 2015.

Earning a DNP confers an assurance of high salaries. The Advance Healthcare Network documented the increase in salary provided by a DNP with its 2014 survey of nurse practitioners throughout the US. Nurse practitioners with a DNP earned an average of $13,003 more than NPs whose highest degree was an MSN.

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

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Mississippi Department of Employment Security, 2015):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $182,720
  • Nurse Practitioners – $111,570
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $97,980
  • Nurse-Midwives – $93,650
  • Nurse Educators – $77,660
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $68,780

Shown here is the average salary for experienced nurses 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 Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of the state (2015):

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Gulfport-Biloxi – $124,230
  • Pascagoula – $110,910
  • Jackson – $107,250
  • Hattiesburg – $77,440

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Gulfport-Biloxi – $106,340
  • Jackson – $101,840
  • Pascagoula – $98,280
  • Hattiesburg – $77,440

Nurse Educators:

  • Jackson – $80,310

Shown here is the average salary for experienced nurses 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 Mississippi’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 Mississippi’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
46.41
96520
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
77800
Nurse Anesthetists
89.20
185530
Nurse Practitioners
54.80
113970
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
34.39
71530

*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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