An article published by the Dickinson Press in March 2014, called attention to North Dakota’s escalating nursing shortage. While the state was experiencing an expansion of medical services to accommodate a rapidly growing aging population, there were simply not enough nurses to fill all the job openings. Simultaneously, the there was an increased interest in finding nurses with advanced degrees, like the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). As a result, local nursing employers like Sanford Health and Essentia Health began offering sign-up bonuses, loan forgiveness plans, and generous salary offers to entice advanced nursing practitioners.
North Dakota’s reputation for providing high-end salaries for advanced nursing practitioners serving in clinical and nonclinical roles gained even greater steam in that year when the United States Department of Labor published the following employment and salary facts:
- Nurse anesthetists were named the fifth highest paid workers in North Dakota. Employers in the state gladly paid nurse anesthetists an average annual salary upwards of $185,000.
- North Dakota was proudly the third highest paying state for nurse midwives in the country. On average, these nurse midwives received an annual salary of $121,790.
- Postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers were among North Dakota’s top thirty fastest growing occupations in projections through 2022. During that time, the number of postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers are projected to rise by 35%.
Salary Profiles for DNP-Educated Nurse Jobs in North Dakota
The North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network originally published the following salary data in 2015. The majority of DNP-prepared nurses in both clinical and nonclinical roles earn salaries that fall within the 75th percentile for their occupation:
- Far West Nonmetro Area – $186,610
- East Central Nonmetro Area – $177,550
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Bismarck – $91,550
- Fargo – $124,290
- Grand Forks – $97,570
- Bismarck – $96,670
- Fargo – $107,240
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:
- Fargo – $121,210
- Fargo – $92,620
Employers that Hire DNP-Educated Nurses in North Dakota
In February 2016, North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network canvassed the Internet searching for job advertisements posted by local employers that hire DNP-educated nurse practitioners. The state government found the following employers offer the largest number of job openings at that time:
- Eventide Senior Living Communities
- CHI St. Alexius Health
- Heart of America Medical Center
- HCR ManorCare
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Essentia Health
- Altru Health System
- Catholic Health Initiatives
- Bismarck State College
- Aurora Medical Park
How Salaries Vary for DNP-Educated Nurses in North Dakota According to Role
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor created the following salary table to offer insight into occupational pay rates for DNP-educated nurses in North Dakota. The salary table deals exclusively with 75th and 90th percentile salaries since DNP-prepared nurses are awarded salaries that fall into these pay categories:
*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.