Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Tennessee

Tennessee’s overall nursing workforce grew by 6.9% between 2008 and 2010. The number of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) grew the most rapidly during this time frame according to the Tennessee Nurse Workforce Fact Sheet of the National League of Nursing.

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In fact, supporting nursing’s DNP programs to raise the educational standards for nurse practitioners was one of the recommendations of the policy brief entitled The Unmet Demand for Primary Care in Tennessee: The Benefits of Fully Utilizing Nurse Practitioners, which was issued by the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics at the University of Memphis.

Tennessee’s nurses are seeking DNP-level educations, and 744 of the state’s nursing students were enrolled in DNP programs in 2015 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Seven times as many nurses sought a DNP at that time than a PhD, thus reinforcing the benefits of this practice-based doctorate.

Earning a DNP provides significant economic benefits as shown by the Advance Healthcare Network in a national survey of nurse practitioners in 2014. This survey identified a 13% increase in salary for DNP-educated NPs compared to those whose highest degree was an MSN.

Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in Tennessee

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

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $168,770
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $105,692
  • Nurse Practitioners – $101,830
  • Nurse-Midwives – $77,907
  • Nurse Educators – $73,935
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $67,908

Shown here is the average salary for experienced nurses 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 in Tennessee’s Major Cities

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of the state (2015):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Knoxville – $199,193
  • Kingsport – $191,722
  • Memphis – $160,661
  • Jackson – $160,253
  • Nashville – $151,687
  • Chattanooga – $138,151

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Nashville – $114,645
  • Memphis – $112,018
  • Kingsport – $108,711
  • Chattanooga – $103,866
  • Knoxville – $98,059
  • Clarksville – $94,120
  • Jackson – $84,702

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Jackson – $121,678
  • Chattanooga – $115,092
  • Memphis – $108,730
  • Clarksville – $106,994
  • Kingsport – $102,854
  • Nashville – $94,527
  • Knoxville – $94,157

Nurse Educators:

  • Nashville – $85,490
  • Knoxville – $77,652
  • Chattanooga – $75,168
  • Jackson – $73,935
  • Memphis – $71,349
  • Clarksville – $55,805

Shown here is the average salary for experienced nurses 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 Tennessee’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 Tennessee’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

49.84
103660
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
73760
Nurse Anesthetists
78.46
163190
Nurse Midwives
36.73
76400
Nurse Practitioners
49.90
103800
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
31.36
65220

*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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