The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) has become the degree of choice for outstanding, practice-centered nursing, both in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S.
In response to this, institutes of higher learning like Rhode Island College now offer DNP programs, thereby helping nurses become experts in their field and improving their future salary earnings.
2018 stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal that opportunities for DNP-educated nurses in Rhode Island remain strong:
- Rhode Island ranks fourth in the nation for its concentration of nurse-midwife jobs.
- The Providence-Warwick RI-MA metro area is ranked fifth in the nation for its number of nurse-midwife jobs.
- The Norwich-New London-Westerly CI-RI metro area was ranked second in the nation for its pay of nursing instructors, posting an annual, mean salary of $117,240.
Statewide Salaries for Rhode Island’s DNP Nurses
Statistics from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training reveal that DNP-educated nurses are consistently recognized for their top-earning salaries (2018):
- Nurse Administrators & Executives: $147,680+
- Nursing Instructors: $93,150-$125,030
- Nurse Practitioners: $125,530-$135,970
- Nurse-Midwives: $125,690-$145,760
Salaries for DNP-Educated Nurses in the State’s Largest Metro Area of Providence
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training provides salary information for DNP nurses in Rhode Island’s largest metro area of Providence (2018):
Nurse Administrators & Executives:
- Providence: $144,310-$206,470
- Providence: $91,610-$123,090
- Providence: $126,270-$142,320
- Providence: $123,040-$141,790
- Providence: $188,770-$202,510
An Overview of Hourly Wages for Rhode Island’s DNP-Educated Nurses
A 2019 Medscape Compensation Report found that 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work, revealing that hourly wages and overtime pay in this field are quite commonplace.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training provides hourly wages for DPN-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse Practitioners: $60.35-$65.37
- Nurse-Midwives: $60.43-$70.08
- Nurse Administrators: $71.00+
Salary and employment data compiled by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in May of 2018 – (http://www.dlt.state.ri.us/lmi/proj.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.