Long before the COVID-19 pandemic introduced new words into the vocabulary of Americans (social distancing, anyone?), a healthcare crisis of another sort was imminent — a shortage of qualified medical and healthcare workers, including nurses, physicians and others.
National and statewide shortages have long been predicted in several roles for which a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree would come in handy, including nurse practitioners, administrators and many others.
For professionals and students in the field of nursing, there has perhaps never been a better time to pursue the advanced and challenging prospect of earning a DNP, which can open up many new avenues of employment and career satisfaction.
Average Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP Salaries in New York
We wanted to understand how well-paid DNP graduates are across the state of New York, so we analyzed employment data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the entire U.S., New York and several cities across the for a total of six jobs that are commonly held by those with DNP degrees — nurse practitioner, registered nurse, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator, nurse midwife and nursing professor.
Four of the six DNP jobs we studied have average annual salaries in New York that exceed $100,000, with a fifth, postsecondary nursing instructors, being nearly there. The lowest paid DNP job on average, registered nurse, is still at a considerably higher salary level than the typical New York worker, who earns about $64,000 per year. Average wages for all six jobs in New York are among the 10 highest in the nation.
How Much Does a DNP Make in New York?
The average salary ranges from $87,840 to $200,350 in New York.
Average annual New York salary
|Postsecondary Nursing Instructors||$97,750.00|
In New York and the rest of the United States, jobs for registered nurses (RNs) are by far the most common. Second in New York are jobs for nurse administrators, followed by nurse practitioners. In both cases, employment levels in New York put the state above the national average rate.
New York employment per 1,000 jobs
|Postsecondary Nursing Instructors||0.528|
Several cities and metro areas across New York offer high average wages for the six jobs. Unsurprisingly, the highest overall average is in the New York City area, which includes portions of the state of New Jersey as well as the entire city of New York. The Rochester area isn’t far behind, though, with other spots in upstate New York making their way into the top five. Binghamton, in the southern part of the state, takes the fifth spot.
Average salary by city, top 5
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$132,108.33|
Jump to a Career
- Nurse Practitioner
- Registered Nurse
- Nurse Administrator
- Post Secondary Nurse Instructor
- Nurse Anesthetist
- Nurse Midwife
The most common and obvious role for DNP graduates is nurse practitioner. In every state, nurse practitioners (NPs) are authorized and trained to perform many of the functions that physicians normally do. NPs in New York don’t have the full authority of a physician, but the state’s practice environment for NPs isn’t among the most restrictive in the country. Several locales across the state offer six-figure wages for NPs, with the New York City area having the highest wage figure.
Average annual nurse practitioner wage by city/metro area, top 10
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$128,720.00|
In a handful of cities, NP employment levels are even higher than the overall state rate. Ithaca leads the way with an employment rate for NPs that’s more than double the overall rate for the state, while Rochester isn’t far behind.
Nurse practitioner employment per 1,000 jobs by city/metro area, top 10
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||1.441|
Most entry- and mid-level RN jobs don’t require a DNP, but some nurses may seek jobs as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, or APRNs, and DNP degrees are often their next educational step. Most cities across the state don’t reach the overall average salary for RNs in New York, with the NYC area being the exception and offering an average wage that’s even higher than the state’s.
Average annual registered nurse wage by city/metro area, top 10
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$93,280.00|
As we’ve mentioned, RN jobs are by far the most common of the six types of DNP occupations we studied, and this holds up across the vast state of New York. The concentration of RN jobs is highest in Elmira, among the cities and metro areas for which data was available. That city’s RN employment rate is nearly 80% higher than the overall rate for New York.
Registered nurse employment per 1,000 jobs by city/metro area, top 10
While most people who seek DNP education will seek jobs where their main functions are related to providing care, for senior nurses and nursing professionals, a more administrative-based role may be ideal. Nurse administrators, along with medical and healthcare managers, are usually among the best-paid nursing professionals, and these workers across the state of New York can expect to enjoy very high wages. They’ll reach their peak in the NYC area, though Binghamton isn’t far behind. Each of the cities in the top 10 have nurse administrator wages that are lower than the overall state average.
Average annual nurse administrator wage by city/metro area, top 10
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$144,370.00|
These roles tend to be more common than some of the other positions on this list, and a few cities in New York have employment levels that exceed the overall state rate. Ithaca leads the way, followed by the Albany metro area and New York City.
Nurse administrator employment per 1,000 jobs by city/metro area, top 10
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||2.95|
The dire need for qualified nursing professionals can only be tackled through educational programs like DNPs, and that means attracting postsecondary nursing instructors. Compared to the other jobs on our list, these do tend to be among the lowest-paying roles, though a few cities in New York offer wages that eclipse the overall state average for nursing instructors. In both Rochester and New York City, they can expect to make six-figure wages on average, while Binghamton’s average instructor salary is higher than that of the state.
Average annual postsecondary nursing instructor wage by city/metro area
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$101,860.00|
While data was not available for every city and metro area in the state, there are some notable hotspots where postsecondary nursing instructors are more likely to find jobs. Utica-Rome, Binghamton and Rochester all have nursing instructor employment levels that are higher than those of the state overall.
Postsecondary nursing instructor employment per 1,000 jobs by city/metro area
|New York-Newark-Jersey City-NJ-PA||0.462|
In every state, nurse anesthetist wages are the highest of the six jobs, and the same is true in most cities across New York. Those who find jobs in New York City can expect to be among the highest paid in the entire country. In fact, if NYC were its own state, it would rank No. 7 for nurse anesthetist wages.
Average annual nurse anesthetist wage by city/metro area
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$206,740.00|
As in the remainder of the country, these jobs are not all that easy to find here in New York, and most cities for which data is available don’t paint a much better picture than the state overall. The exception is Syracuse, where nurse anesthetist employment rates are slightly higher.
Nurse anesthetist employment per 1,000 jobs by city/metro area
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||0.168|
The final job we analyzed was nurse midwife, which is a common educational option in DNP programs. In most states, New York included, nurse midwives can expect to earn average salaries reaching in to six figures, and while neither of the metro areas for which data was available eclipsed the state’s overall average, both offer six-figure-plus wages.
Average annual nurse midwife wage by city/metro area
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$117,680.00|
The Buffalo metro area’s employment rate for nurse midwives surpasses the overall state rate, though the sample size is quite small, with the BLS providing data for only two metro areas for this job.
Nurse midwife employment per 1,000 jobs by city/metro area
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||0.043|
Even before the coronavirus changed virtually every aspect of American life, a burgeoning crisis in healthcare meant that thousands more nurses and nursing professionals would be needed to keep up with the strain on the system. For those considering earning a DNP degree, their desire to help save and improve the lives of others will no doubt be their primary drive, but practicing in a state with ample wages won’t hurt.
Our analysis of BLS data covered a total of six jobs that are commonly available after earning a DNP degree. We used the May 2019 data.