About 30% of Missouri’s residents live in areas designated Health Professional Shortage Areas by the federal government. Highly educated nurses such as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are likely to continue to “play a critical role” in helping such residents get access to primary care according to a 2015 analysis of Missouri’s Nursing Workforce conducted by the state’s Office of Primary Care and Rural Health.
“Multiple studies confirm the cost effectiveness of APRN care” according to a white paper on The Status of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Missouri provided by the Missouri Council on Advanced Practice Nurses of the Missouri Nurses Association.
The number of APRNs in Missouri is increasing dramatically, and the recent nursing workforce study revealed an 11.1% increase in active APRN licenses in the state between 2014 and 2015. While APRNs traditionally had a master’s degree, stakeholders advocate that these nurses earn the greatest amount of training possible for nurses—a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that 691 nurses were enrolled in DNP programs in Missouri as of 2015. The number of students enrolled in DNP programs exceeded those enrolled in PhD programs by 4.5-fold, thus reinforcing the value of this practice-based doctorate.
Obtaining a DNP offers an assurance of higher salaries according to the Advance Healthcare Network. The Network surveyed nurse practitioners around the country and determined that NPs with a DNP earned an average of 13% more than NPs with an MSN as their highest degree.
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Missouri’s Major Cities
The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of the state (2014):
- Kansas City – $169,390
- Louis – $159,750
- Columbia – $157,300
- Cape Girardeau-Jackson – $103,560
- Columbia – $99,370
- Kansas City – $97,580
- Louis – $97,220
- Joplin – $93,530
- Springfield – $92,530
- Joseph – $91,040
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Louis – $126,120
- Kansas City – $119,520
- Cape Girardeau-Jackson – $114,830
- Columbia – $114,720
- Joseph – $112,190
- Springfield – $105,660
- Joplin – $77,400
- Louis – $94,010
- Kansas City – $84,190
- Columbia – $78,430
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 Missouri’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 Missouri’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):
*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.