In a September 2015 article published by Albuquerque Business First, executives working at hospitals within the Lovelace Health System claimed that New Mexico did not struggle from a lack of nursing job candidates. Instead, the state suffered from a shortage of nurses with high levels of experience. As a result, nursing students and professionals alike are rising to the occasion by earning graduate degrees like a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). In return, New Mexico employers are dishing out bigger salary offers than ever before.
Salaries for DNP-Prepared Nurses by Occupation in New Mexico
In 2015, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions published the following salary data.
Shown here are the 75th percentile average salaries for each role to account for the fact that DNP-prepared nurses routinely earn salaries that fall within the top 25% of their profession:
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Albuquerque – $119,410
- Farmington – $113,490
- Las Cruces – $113,090
- Santa Fe – $153,080
- Albuquerque – $123,660
- Las Cruces – $115,510
- Santa Fe – $106,910
- Albuquerque – $110,620
- Albuquerque – $83,370
More Employment and Salary Facts for DNP-Prepared Nurses in New Mexico
In that same year, the United States Department of Labor labeled New Mexico as a particularly ideal state for DNP-educated nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners. For example:
- In 2014, New Mexico held the third highest concentration of nurse midwife jobs in the country. The state employed approximately 100 nurse midwives at that time.
- Nurse anesthetists were ranked among New Mexico’s top 15 highest paying occupations in 2014. Nurse anesthetists with a DNP degree earned an average annual salary of over $115,000.
- Nurse practitioners were projected as one of New Mexico 30 fastest-growing occupations from 2012 through 2022. During this period, nurse practitioners are expected to experience a 26% employment growth trend.
Major Employers of DNP-Educated Nurses in 2016
According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the following employers had the highest number of online job advertisements for DNP-educated nurses across New Mexico in February 2016:
- Presbyterian Medical Services
- HCR ManorCare
- Lea Regional Medical Center
- Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
- Artesia General Hospital
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Clinical Colleagues
- eHealthInsurance Services, Inc.
- Genesis Healthcare
- Corizon, Inc.
Top Paying Roles for DNP-Educated Nurses in New Mexico
For a more visual representation of DNP-prepared nurse salaries in New Mexico, the United States Department of Labor published the following data table in 2014. In general, top-tier salary percentiles are reserved for DNP-prepared advanced practitioners while MSN-educated nurses earn categorically lower salary percentiles:
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.
*Values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide salary data higher than these values.