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.
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):
- 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
- Logan: $133,420 – $158,760
- Salt Lake City: $109,180 – $123,920
- Ogden-Clearfield: $108,770 – $123,100
- Provo-Orem: $105,630 – $119,090
- Salt Lake City: $93,660 – $107,440
- 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):
*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.