Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in New Hampshire

Although New Hampshire has the 17th highest number of RNs per capita in the country, the need for nurses in New Hampshire is so acute that some healthcare facilities are spending millions of dollars on traveling nurses to help account for the shortfall. For instance, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center spends about $10 million on such nurses to keep its facility staffed. As of March 2016, there were 205 openings for RNs according to HR officer John Malinowski who was quoted in WMUR.com.

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A new psychiatric wing in the New Hampshire Hospital remained empty for several months because there were no nurses to staff it. Another result of New Hampshire’s nursing shortage is that parents struggle to obtain pediatric nursing care at home. Governor Maggie Hassan issued an executive order in April 2016 to create a commission on New Hampshire’s Health Care Workforce Shortage to help ameliorate this problem.

The state of New Hampshire actively works to increase the supply of healthcare professionals in the state with a particular emphasis on the needs of rural residents. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are particularly well suited to practice in such areas because they have been shown to provide care comparable to that of physicians.

Increasingly, APRNs are obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and receiving the highest level of practical training available to nurses. A DNP offers more flexibility in job choice than a PhD, and four of New Hampshire’s nurses were enrolled in DNP programs in 2015. None were enrolled in PhD programs.

A DNP offers an assurance of high salaries as shown by the Advance Healthcare Network which surveyed nurse practitioners throughout the nation. This organization identified a 13% increase in salaries for NPs with a DNP compared to those who had an MSN as their highest degree.

Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in New Hampshire

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, 2015):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – >$187,199
  • Nurse-Midwives – $128,024
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $116,730
  • Nurse Practitioners – $113,298
  • Nurse Educators – $78,005
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $73,674

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 New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities in the state (2015):

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Manchester – $123,649
  • Portsmouth – $123,136
  • Greater Concord – $112,320
  • Dover-Durham – $109,554
  • Keene – $106,974
  • Salem Town – $94,203

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Dover-Durham – $129,376
  • Nashua-Derry- $122,574
  • Portsmouth – $116,002
  • Manchester – $111,696
  • Greater Concord – $104,832

Nurse Educators:

  • Manchester – $84,720
  • Greater Concord – $72,324

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 New Hampshire’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 New Hampshire’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

53.68
111640
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
75990
Nurse Anesthetists
90.00*
187199*
Nurse Midwives
61.30
127500
Nurse Practitioners
54.30
112940
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
34.90
72600

*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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