Oregon is primarily a rural state that encompasses many medically underserved areas, thereby making highly educated nurses a must. As a result, employers are offering high-end salaries to attract more nurses statewide. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-educated nurses, in particular, are easily becoming the best-paid workers in their field. According to a 2018 Advance Healthcare Network salary survey, nurse practitioners with a DNP earned $7,683 more than NPs with a master’s degree.
The DNP remains the highest clinical degree available in nursing.
In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that Oregonian advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with DNP degrees scored some of the highest salaries in the nation. For example, nurse anesthetists in Iowa earned an annual mean salary of $205,730 – the fourth highest in the nation.
Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in Oregon
Nurses with DNP degrees routinely become some of the highest paid workers in their chosen occupation (State of Oregon Employment Department, 2018):
- Nurse Administrators and Executives: $138,800-$187,220
- Nursing Educators: $90,360-$119,150
- Nurse Practitioners: $126,770-$149,070
- Nurse-Midwives: $129,300-$153,800
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Oregon’s Major Cities
The State of Oregon Employment Department provides salary information for DNP-educated nurses in Oregon’s major cities (2018):
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Albany: $112,780-$133,580
- Eugene: $130,120-$160,600
- Portland: $150,630-$204,050
- Salem: $125,430-$156,460
- Portland: $90,410-$120,200
- Bend: $122,150-$131,850
- Eugene: $131,020-$152,950
- Portland: $126,160-$147,860
- Salem: $131,240-$157,860
- Portland: $136,590-$156,450
Hourly Salaries for Oregon’s DNP-Educated Nurses
A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime, which reveals hourly wages in this field are the norm and not the exception. It also reveals that overtime wages may significantly increase these nurses’ total compensation.
The State of Oregon Employment Department provides hourly wages for DNP-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse Practitioners: $60.95-$71.67
- Nurse-Midwives: $62.16-$73.94
- Nurse Administrators: $66.73-$90.01
Salary and employment data compiled by the State of Oregon Employment Department in May of 2018 – (https://www.qualityinfo.org/). 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.