Nevada’s nursing workforce has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. According to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, the state’s nursing workforce has increased at a rate higher than the national average, rising from 51st in the nation in 2010 to 39th in 2018.
Nurse practitioners and other APRNs are highly valued for their advanced level of education and training, and fortunately, more RNs than ever are working toward APRN licensure as a way to meet this demand. According to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, the number of APRNs in Nevada increased from 1,657 in FY2016/17, to 1,871 in FY2017/18, and to 2,450 in FY2018/19.
Among APRNs, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) has become the degree of choice. Both prospective and current advanced nursing clinical practitioners are availing themselves of the opportunity to earn this degree, which is the highest level clinical degree offered in the nursing profession.
Obtaining a DNP offers significant economic benefits and an assurance of high salaries, according to a 2018 Advance Healthcare Network salary survey. According to the survey, nurse practitioners with a DNP earned, on average, 7% more than their MSN-educated counterparts.
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, 2018):
- Nurse Administrators and Executives: $136,120-$179,720
- Nursing Instructors: $87,050-$114,260
- Nurse Practitioners: $125,760-$141,190
- Nurse Anesthetists: $166,360-$192,960
Salaries for DNP Nurses in the Major Metro Areas of Nevada
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major metro areas (2018):
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Carson City: $125,710-$143,450
- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise: $135,750-$177,230
- Reno: $145,340-$207,150
- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise: $92,420-$121,620
- Carson City: $126,260-$139,530
- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise: $100,420-$115,760
- Reno: $124,210-$141,610
An Overview of Hourly Wages for Nevada’s DNP-Educated Nurses
A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work, which highlights that many of these professionals are paid hourly. It is often helpful to view hourly wages for DNP nurses because overtime for these professionals can account for a significant part of their annual income.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse Anesthetists: $79.78-$92.77
- Nurse Practitioners: $60.46-$67.88
- Nurse Administrators: $65.44-$86.41
Salary and employment data compiled by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation in May of 2018 – (http://nevadaworkforce.com/Projections). 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.