Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Texas

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies provides detailed information on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) for 2015 using data from the Board of Nursing’s annual survey in its Admissions, Enrollment, and Graduation Trends in Advanced Practice Nursing Education Programs analysis.

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While APRNs can be licensed with a master’s degree in Texas, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is rapidly becoming the preferred credential for these advanced clinical practitioners. Employers often prefer DNP-educated nurses because these programs offer the highest level of practical training available to nurses.

In 2015, nurse practitioners comprised nearly 88% of the enrollees in APRN programs in Texas. DNP programs offer a point of entry for nurses with a BSN or an MSN, and slightly more than half of the newly enrolled DNP nurse practitioner students were in post-master’s programs in 2015. In contrast, all of the nurse-midwives enrolled in DNP programs that year were in post-BSN programs.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 613 students were enrolled in DNP programs in Texas in 2015. Seventy percent more students sought DNPs rather than PhDs that year, reinforcing the value of a DNP.

Earning a DNP confers an assurance of high salaries as shown by an Advance Healthcare Network national survey of nurse practitioners in 2014. NPs with a DNP earned an average of $13,003 more a year than their colleagues whose highest degree was an MSN.

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

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Texas Workforce Commission, 2015):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $189,008
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $147,808
  • Nurse Administrators and Executives – $117,635
  • Nurse-Midwives – $115,555
  • Nurse Practitioners – $115,034

Salaries for DNP Nurses in the Major Regions of Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major regions of the state (2015):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Central Texas – $192,073
  • Dallas – $186,852
  • East Texas – $173,673
  • Golden Crescent – $167,966
  • North Texas – $90,658
  • Cameron County – $69,864

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Gulf Coast – $131,237
  • Dallas – $128,417
  • Tarrant County – $127,531
  • North Central Texas – $116,923
  • Alamo – $113,543
  • Central Texas – $109,696
  • Coastal Bend – $109,696
  • Borderplex – $105,992
  • Capital Area – $105,531
  • South Plains – $104,680
  • Heart of Texas – $104,488
  • East Texas – $101,117
  • Permian Basin – $100,750
  • Rural Capital Area – $100,405
  • Cameron County – $98,523
  • Panhandle – $97,824
  • Lower Rio Grande – $96,105
  • Golden Crescent – $93,071
  • North Texas – $89,699
  • South East Texas – $89,518

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Lower Rio Grande – $132,251
  • South East Texas – $130,569
  • South Plains – $130,205
  • Cameron County – $126,635
  • Heart of Texas – $123,911
  • East Texas – $123,298
  • Gulf Coast – $121,319
  • North Texas – $120,700
  • Tarrant County – $113,730
  • Permian Basin – $111,404
  • Central Texas – $110,309
  • Dallas – $110,044
  • Alamo – $107,474
  • North Central Texas – $104,931
  • Panhandle – $102,161
  • Coastal Bend – $100,617
  • Golden Crescent – $100,488
  • Rural Capital Area – $97,568
  • Capitol Area – $92,099

Nurse Educators:

  • East Texas – $97,224
  • Lower Rio Grande – $93,096
  • Gulf Coast – $88,309
  • South Plains – $77,163
  • Rural Capital Area – $76,584
  • Borderplex – $74,364
  • Capital Area – $74,227
  • Alamo – $73,005
  • North Central Texas – $70,509
  • Heart of Texas – $69,102
  • Tarrant County – $66,833
  • South East Texas – $65,795
  • Panhandle – $61,974
  • Coastal Bend – $61,965
  • Permian Basin – $59,646

Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:

  • Alamo – $102,315
  • Gulf Coast – $86,130
  • Borderplex – $79,814
  • Capital Area – $65,630
  • Rural Capital Area – $61,393

An Overview of Salaries for DNP-Educated Nurses in Texas 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 nurses in Texas 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

55.26
114940
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
74290
Nurse Anesthetists
90.00*
187199*
Nurse Midwives
56.11
116720
Nurse Practitioners
56.26
117020
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
54.59
113550

*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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