Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in South Dakota

Nearly 13,600 RNs in South Dakota had active licenses as of December 31, 2010 according to the South Dakota Nursing Workforce Supply and Employment Characteristics publication by the state’s Center for Nursing Workforce. However, only 68 of these nurses held a doctorate. This number represents 0.5% of the total RNs in South Dakota at that time.

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In contrast, advanced practice nurses (APNs) in South Dakota are much more likely to possess a doctoral degree. Most of South Dakota’s APNs are nurse practitioners with 76% of them employed as family NPs. The percentage of APNs who have earned a doctorate is shown below:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists – 11%
  • Nurse Practitioners – 5%
  • Nurse Anesthetists – 1%

None of South Dakota’s certified nurse-midwives possessed a doctorate.

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) provides the highest level of practical training in nursing and is rapidly becoming the preferred credential for APNs. Ninety-eight nurses were enrolled in DNP programs in South Dakota as of 2015 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Nearly 4.5-times more doctoral students in South Dakota sought a DNP than a PhD at that time, reinforcing the value of this practice-based doctorate.

Possessing a DNP confers an assurance of high salaries as shown by the Advance Healthcare Network 2014 survey of nurse practitioners throughout the US. DNP-educated NPs earned an average of $13,003 more a year than NPs whose highest degree was an MSN.

Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APNs and More in South Dakota

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, 2015):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $197,083
  • Nurse Administrators – $137,762
  • Nurse Practitioners – $120,097
  • Nurse Educators – $81,016
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $78,345

Shown here is the average salary for the 90th percentile for each role. This best represents the average earnings for DNP-educated nurses, giving consideration to the fact that DNPs earn more than master’s-prepared nurses in the same roles.

Salaries for DNP Nurses Throughout South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major urban and rural areas of the state (2015):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Central South Dakota – $199,887
  • Sioux Falls – $198,443
  • East South Dakota – $198,109

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Sioux Falls – $155,005
  • Rapid City – $137,413
  • East South Dakota – $126,255
  • West South Dakota – $119,623
  • Central South Dakota – $99,694

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Rapid City – $132,338
  • Central South Dakota – $127,815
  • East South Dakota – $119,811
  • Sioux Falls – $117,500
  • West South Dakota – $100,778

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:

  • Rapid City – $78,342
  • West South Dakota – $75,692
  • Sioux Falls – $62,339

Shown here is the average salary for the 90th percentile for each role. This best represents the average earnings for DNP-educated nurses, giving consideration to the fact that DNPs earn more than master’s-prepared nurses in the same roles.

An Overview of Salaries for South Dakota’s DNP-Educated Nurses as Published by the US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an overview of the annual and hourly salaries for South Dakota’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):

Occupation
Hourly 75th percentile wage
Annual 75th percentile wage

Medical and Health Services Managers

53.21
110670
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
69130
Nurse Anesthetists
88.22
183500
Nurse Practitioners
48.88
101660
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
31.30
65100

*These values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour and $187,199 per year. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data higher than these values.

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.

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