Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Nevada

The number of nurses in Nevada increased dramatically between 2002 and 2012, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) projects that healthcare employment will grow across all health care industries and in all regions of the state between 2010 and 2020. In its 2013 edition analyzing Health Workforce in Nevada, the UNSOM predicts that the greatest amount of growth will take place in the Las Vegas valley.

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Despite increases of 155-160% for RNs and nurse anesthetists in the ten-year period leading up to 2012, Nevada ranked extremely low for a number of advanced nursing professions on a per capita basis in 2012:

  • Nurse Anesthetists – 51st
  • Nurse-Midwives – 44th
  • Nurse Practitioners – 41st

Thus, there is tremendous room for growth in these advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) positions as healthcare hiring ramps up in Nevada. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) becomes the credential of choice for APRNs, both prospective and current advanced nursing clinical practitioners are availing themselves of the opportunity to earn this degree.

The number of Nevada RNs who completed a nursing doctorate program increased from 2 to 28 between 2007-08 and 2011-12, and the number of residents enrolled in DNP programs increased significantly in recent years. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 84 Nevada nurses were enrolled in DNP programs in the state as of 2015. More than 2.5 times as many nursing students sought DNPs as PhDs, thus reinforcing the value of this practice-based doctorate.

Obtaining a DNP offers significant economic benefits and an assurance of high salaries according to the Advance Healthcare Network. This organization surveyed nurse practitioners throughout the country in 2014 and identified a $13,003 increase in the average salary for NPs with DNPs compared to those whose highest degree was a master’s.

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

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

  • Nurse Administrators and Executives: $126,610 – $159,661
  • Nurse Practitioners: $111,696 – $124,592
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners: $108,306 – $117,062

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 and Rural Areas of Nevada

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities and balance of state (2015):

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Carson City: $118,331 – $162,261
  • Las Vegas: $127,317 – $161,658
  • Reno-Sparks: $128,690 – $155,147
  • Balance of State: $97,635 – $113,090

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Balance of State: $139,485 – $149,802
  • Las Vegas: $111,405 – $123,219
  • Reno-Sparks: $105,602 – $122,034
  • Carson City: $106,891 – $117,062

Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:

  • Reno-Sparks: $111,426 – $117,312
  • Las Vegas: $89,565 – $109,304

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 Nevada’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 Nevada’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

60.87
126620
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
98070
Nurse Anesthetists
90.00*
187199*
Nurse Practitioners
53.70
111710
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
52.07
108300

*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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