Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in North Dakota

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:

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • 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

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Bismarck – $96,670
  • Fargo – $107,240

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:

  • Fargo – $121,210

Nurse Educators:

  • 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:

Hourly 75th percentile wage
Annual 75th percentile wage
Medical and Health Services Managers
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
Nurse Anesthetists
Nurse Midwives
Nurse Practitioners
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other

*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.

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