In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) made a landmark recommendation about the future of the nursing workforce in light of the Affordable Care Act. In essence, the IOM and RWJF called for the number of nurses with doctoral degrees, like a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), to double by the year 2020. In response, twelve colleges and universities in Ohio offered DNP programs accredited by American Association of Colleges of Nursing by 2015.
Institutes of higher learning are not the only players promoting DNP advanced nursing practitioners in Ohio. Local employers continue offering DNP-educated nurses the highest salaries in their occupational field as a clear incentive.
The United States Department of Labor also repeatedly acknowledged how Ohio’s top employers are willing to pay handsomely to retain nurses with advanced degrees in both clinical and nonclinical positions in 2014. For instance:
- Ohio was the fourth highest employer of nurse administrators working as medical and health services managers in the country. Medical and health services managers working statewide earned an average annual salary of over $105,000.
- Nurse midwives were among Ohio’s top forty highest paying occupations. The state reportedly paid nurse midwives an average annual salary of over $105,000.
- Ohio held the fifth highest employment level of postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers in the country. On average, postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers received over $80,000 annually.
- Nurse anesthetists were ranked the 14th highest paid jobs in Ohio. Nurse anesthetists were given an average annual salary of over $165,000.
DNP Nursing Degrees Generate Higher Salaries in Ohio
In 2015, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 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:
- Cincinnati – $154,719
- Cleveland – $174,824
- Columbus – $167,960
- Dayton – $151,548
- Toledo – $184,538
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Akron – $111,675
- Canton-Massillon – $97,947
- Cincinnati – $117,437
- Cleveland – $114,920
- Columbus – $113,713
- Dayton – $110,864
- Springfield – $192,704
- Toledo – $103,251
- Akron – $98,425
- Canton-Massillon – $99,611
- Cincinnati – $113,526
- Cleveland – $104,832
- Columbus – $108,451
- Dayton – $95,118
- Springfield – $148,710
- Toledo – $98,862
- Akron – $91,790
- Cincinnati – $120,328
- Cleveland – $118,082
- Columbus – $114,129
Employers Search for DNP-Prepared Nurses in Ohio
According to the job aggregation website indeed.com, the following employers posted online job advertisement specifically citing a doctoral degree in nursing, such as a DNP, as a qualifying requirement for potential applicants:
- Cleveland Clinic (Mentor, OH)
- Bryant & Stratton College (Parma, OH)
- Ashland University (Mansfield, OH)
- Department of Veteran Affairs (Chillicothe, OH)
- Premier Health Partners (Franklin, OH)
- Columbus State Community College (Columbus, OH)
Salaries for DNP-Educated Nurses in Ohio According to Role
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor released the following data table to indicate recent pay rates for advanced nursing occupations throughout Ohio. The data table only offers pay statistics that reflect the 75th and 90th percentiles, as these percentiles more concisely reflect the high-end salaries that DNP-educated nurses achieve:
*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.