An October 2018 article by the Concord Monitor revealed that New Hampshire doesn’t have any plans on letting the nursing shortage in the state continue, thanks to a $24 million capital investment into nursing programs throughout the state. According to Governor Chris Sununu, it will be the “most robust investment ever” dedicated to addressing the nursing shortage that has plagued the state.
And although some of the investment will be targeted toward intermediate nursing certifications, much of the focus will be on advanced nursing certifications to boost or revive university programs to ensure a more educated nursing workforce.
This newest commitment to New Hampshire’s nursing profession will complement the other current programs and initiatives in place that are designed to increase the supply of healthcare professionals in the state. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are of particular interest to many of New Hampshire’s stakeholders, as they can help address the state’s persistent shortage of primary care providers.
Increasingly, APRNs are obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)—the highest clinical degree available to nurses.
In addition to better professional opportunities, a DNP offers an assurance of high salaries. According to a 2018 Advance Healthcare Network salary survey of nurse practitioners, those who held a DNP as their highest degree earned, on average, 7% more than their peers who held an MSN as their highest degree.
Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in New Hampshire
DNP-educated nurses are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, 2018):
- Nurse Anesthetists – $187,080+
- Nurse-Midwives – $121,860-$131,370
- Nurse Administrators and Executives – $130,210-$174,710
- Nurse Practitioners – $124,920-$138,300
- Nurse Educators – $95,200-$120,700
Salaries for DNP Nurses in the Metro Areas of New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the state’s metro areas (2018):
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Dover-Durham: $146,120-$187,480
- Manchester: $132,930-$175,550
- Portsmouth: $131,600-$187,960
- Dover-Durham: $147,010-$167,180
- Manchester: $126,430-$134,760
- Portsmouth: $115,420-$126,240
- Manchester: $83,010-$105,350
An Overview of Hourly Wages for New Hampshire’s DNP-Educated Nurses
A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work, revealing that these professionals earn an hourly wage and that overtime pay can significantly boost their annual compensation.
The New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse Anesthetists: $89.94+
- Nurse Practitioners: $60.06-$66.49
- Nurse-Midwives: $58.59-$63.16
- Nurse Administrators: $62.60-$84.00
Salary and employment data compiled by the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau in May of 2018 – (https://www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/). 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.