As national efforts focus on increasing the educational level of nurses, greater numbers of Vermont’s RNs reported that they were continuing their education in 2015 compared to the number that reported this in 2005 according to the 2015 Board of Nursing Relicensure Survey for RNs, a document prepared by the University of Vermont Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC).
AHEC data for 2015 confirmed that a significant number of both RNs and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Vermont hold doctoral degrees. While slightly more of the doctoral-prepared RNs held a PhD than a DNP, four times as many of the RNs who are currently enrolled in nursing programs reported seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) rather than a PhD.
A DNP provides the highest level of practical training available to nurses. The AHEC data indicates that APRNs in Vermont are much more likely to possess a DNP than a PhD. In fact, twenty times as many of the APRNs who were currently working in Vermont at the time of this survey had earned a DNP rather than a PhD.
All of Vermont’s nurses who sought a doctorate in 2015 were enrolled in DNP programs rather than seeking a PhD, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Earning a DNP offers significant economic benefits as shown by the Advance Healthcare Network national survey of nurse practitioners in 2014. The data showed that NPs who possessed a DNP earned an average of $13,003 more than NPs who had an MSN as their highest degree.
Salaries for DNP Nurses in Urban and Rural Vermont
The Vermont Department of Labor provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals throughout Vermont (2014):
- Rural Southern Vermont: $167,860 – <$187,199
Nurse Administrators and Executives:
- Rural Southern Vermont: $112,190 – $155,000
- Burlington: $106,660 – $139,910
- Northern Balance of State: $98,000 – $136,520
- Northern Balance of State: $111,270 – $119,480
- Burlington: $105,610 – $117,170
- Rural Southern Vermont: $95,270 – $111,240
- Burlington: $108,560 – $116,760
- Rural Southern Vermont: $96,760 – $107,060
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:
- Rural Southern Vermont: $90,910 – $120,980
- Burlington: $92,310 – $101,460
- Northern Balance of State: $54,840 – $61,120
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 Vermont’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 Vermont’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):
Medical and Health Services Managers
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.