DNP Career Outlook

The average salary for a nurse with a D.N.P. degree is $135,000 annually.


As someone with a D.N.P., a number of job opportunities are available to you. However, the most popular options include:

  • Nurse Practitioner, where you will still work directly with patients. Generally, you will be able to prescribe medication as well.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, where you will provide clinical advice on specific conditions.
  • Nurse Anesthetist, where you work side by side with an anesthesiologist during surgical procedures.
  • Nurse Midwife, where you will work delivering babies and offering pre and post-natal care.
  • Nurse Educator, where you will train future nursing students at university.

Once you hold a D.N.P. degree, you can become employed across the full spectrum of health care organizations, from community health centers to hospitals and from private clinics to universities. Obtaining your D.N.P. opens your opportunities for growth. Organizations look to D.N.P. graduates to:

  • Manage other nurses and staff
  • Leadership roles in providing patient care
  • Development of policies and procedures
  • Conduct research
  • Educate patients and the public on health care issues