Utah’s Nursing Workforce Information Center provides a detailed analysis of advanced practice registered nurses (ARPNs) in the state in its publication, Utah’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workforce, 2017: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of APRNs in Utah.
The report revealed that while Utah’s APRN workforce has steadily increased over the years, rising by 28% since 2010 and 95% since 2003, an aging APRN workforce (The average APRN practicing in Utah is 50 years old.) means that the state will require increasing numbers of APRNs in the upcoming years to combat the exit of retiring nurses.
The report also found that APRNs in Utah are meeting the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s challenge of producing a more educated nursing workforce by pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – the highest clinical degree in nursing. In 2010, 9% of the APRN workforce in Texas had a doctorate-level education; by 2015, this number had increased to 16.4%.
Obtaining a DNP offers an assurance of high salaries, and the Advance Healthcare Network provided data to this effect from its 2018 national survey of nurse practitioners. NPs who were DNP-educated earned an average of 7% more than those who possessed an MSN as their highest degree.
Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in Utah
DNP-educated nurses are consistently recognized for earning top salaries, as reported by the Utah Department of Workforce Services in 2018:
- Nurse Administrators: $123,090-$167,810
- Nursing Educators: $88,390-$103,830
- Nurse Practitioners: $122,700-$135,360
- Nurse Anesthetists: $172,820+
- Nurse-Midwives: $125,210-$135,210
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Utah’s Major Cities
The Utah Department of Workforce Services provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the major cities of Utah (2018):
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Logan: $111,050-$195,340
- Ogden: $102,400-$131,960
- Provo-Orem: $118,140-$194,230
- St. George: $104,540-$139,750
- Salt Lake City: $130,910-$173,560
- Salt Lake City: $88,390-$98,790
- Ogden: $140,340-$178,910
- Provo-Orem: $116,800-$129,640
- St. George: $124,450-$134,120
- Salt Lake City: $121,730-$132,790
- Salt Lake City: $128,600-$137,700
An Overview of Hourly Wages for Utah’s DNP-Educated Nurses
According to a 2019 Medscape Compensation Report, 78% of APRNs are paid overtime for their work, revealing that these professionals are paid an hourly wage.
The Utah Department of Workforce Services provides hourly wages for DNP-educated nursing professionals, as of 2018:
- Nurse Practitioners: $58.99-$65.08
- Nurse-Midwives: $60.20-$65.01
- Nurse Anesthetists: $83.08+
- Nurse Administrators: $59.18-$80.68
Salary and employment data compiled by the Utah Department of Workforce Services in May of 2018 – (https://jobs.utah.gov/wi/data/library/occupation/index.html). Salary data represents state and MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and job growth data accessed in December 2019.
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.