According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Ohio is the spot to be if you’ve got a career in advanced nursing on your radar. According to 2018 BLS stats:
- Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for its number of nurse practitioners, at 7,510.
- Ohio ranks third in the nation for its number of nurse anesthetists, at 2,500.
- Ohio ranks fifth in the nation for its number of nursing instructors, at 2,770.
While a master’s degree used to be the go-to degree for achieving a career in advanced practice nursing, nursing education, and nursing administration/management, stakeholders increasingly advocate that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and other senior-level nursing professionals obtain the highest level of practical training for nurses—a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Obtaining a DNP offers an assurance of high salaries. According to the Advance Healthcare Network’s survey of nurse practitioners in 2018, nurse practitioners with a DNP earned an average of 7% more than NPs with a master’s degree.
DNP Nursing Degrees Generate Higher Salaries in Ohio
DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 2018):
- Nurse Administrators and Executives: $118,700-$154,540
- Nursing Educators: $87,860-$111,610
- Nurse Anesthetists: $194,570+
- Nurse Practitioners: $118,320-$132,210
- Nurse Midwives: $120,420-$131,590
Comparing DNP-Educated Nurse Salaries in Ohio’s Largest Cities
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of the state (2018):
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Akron: $105,940-$156,300
- Cincinnati: $123,290-$151,250
- Cleveland: $126,280-$164,400
- Columbus: $123,430-$160,500
- Dayton: $130,780-$162,460
- Akron: $92,060-$107,540
- Cincinnati: $81,540-$104,920
- Cleveland: $82,660-$110,970
- Akron: $126,470-$148,590
- Cincinnati: $120,190-$139,940
- Cleveland: $116,310-$128,770
- Columbus: $115,880-$127,510
- Dayton: $121,670-$135,480
- Cincinnati: $113,300-$125,710
- Cleveland: $132,300-$181,820
- Cincinnati: $191,690+
- Cleveland: $163,100-$182,320
An Overview of Hourly Wages for Ohio’s DNP-Educated Nurses
A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work. It’s therefore often beneficial to view hourly wages for DNP nurses because overtime for these professionals can account for a significant portion of their annual income.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides hourly wages for DNP-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse-Midwives: $57.90-$63.27
- Nurse Anesthetists: $93.54+
- Nurse Practitioners: $56.89-$63.08
- Nurse Administrators: $57.07-$74.30
Salary and employment data compiled by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in May of 2018 – (http://lmi.state.oh.us/PROJ/Projections.htm). 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.