Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Utah

Utah’s Nursing Workforce Information Center provides a detailed analysis of advanced practice registered nurses (ARPNs) in the state in the publication: Utah’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workforce, 2013: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of APRNs in Utah.

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Utah’s APRNs work as RNs for eight years on average before starting their advanced training. Nearly 1,700 licensed APRNs practiced in Utah in December 2010 with the majority of them working in hospitals. Most of Utah’s APRNs are certified nurse practitioners, and 58% of these NPs specialized as family nurse practitioners.

A master’s degree used to suffice for APRNs, but employers increasingly prefer nurses with the highest level of practice training available—a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The Utah Workforce study presents the number of APRNs with a doctorate degree:

  • Certified Nurse Specialists – 83.6% possessed a doctorate
  • Nurse-Midwives – 79.5% possessed a doctorate
  • Nurse Practitioners – 9.1% possessed a doctorate

Enrollment data for Utah’s nurses from 2015 indicates that they have come to prefer a DNP over a PhD. Three hundred nurses were enrolled in DNP programs in Utah compared to 42 who sought a PhD according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Obtaining a DNP offers an assurance of high salaries, and the Advance Healthcare Network provided data to this effect from its 2014 national survey of nurse practitioners. NPs who were DNP-educated earned an average of 13% more than those who possessed an MSN as their highest degree.

Salaries for DNP Nurses in Utah’s Major Cities

The US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of Utah (2014):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Salt Lake City: $150,880 – >$187,199

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Salt Lake City: $118,240 – $154,160
  • Provo-Orem: $104,640 – $144,310
  • Logan: $103,720 – $141,660
  • Ogden-Clearfield: $105,080 – $140,370
  • George: $107,390 – $128,670

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Logan: $133,420 – $158,760
  • Salt Lake City: $109,180 – $123,920
  • Ogden-Clearfield: $108,770 – $123,100
  • Provo-Orem: $105,630 – $119,090

Nurse Midwives:

  • Salt Lake City: $93,660 – $107,440

Nurse Educators:

  • Salt Lake City: $94,440 – $128,750
  • Provo-Orem: $89,250 – $96,900
  • Ogden-Clearfield: $72,930 – $79,770

Shown here are the average ranges for salaries that fall between the 75th and 90th percentiles 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 Utah’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 Utah’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
54.25
112840
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
85970
Nurse Anesthetists
78.92
164160
Nurse Midwives
43.06
89550
Nurse Practitioners
52.29
108760
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other
43.71
90910

*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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