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DNP Executive Leader Career Options

The DNP role in health care is experiencing rapid growth. Health care organizations need to fill numerous nursing leadership positions with qualified candidates who understand the complexities of business, advocacy, and policy, and have the communication and leadership skill necessary to bring teams together to excel.

Loyola’s online MSN-to DNP Executive Leadership program prepares you for an exciting career in middle to top-management positions to affect policy, team dynamics, work designs, advocacy, and care plans, to transform health care within your community and practice.

Average Salary Ranges of a DNP Executive Leader

Just over half of DNP Executive Leader Nurses earn between $80,000 and $130,000 yearly, while the top percentage of nurses earn over $200,000.1

% of Nurses Who Earn This Income Average Salary Range
52% $80,000 - $130,000
13% $150,000 - $200,000
12% $130,000 - $150,000
9% $200,000+

Careers You Can Get With a Doctorate in Nursing Degree

Graduates of the DNP Executive Leadership program may qualify for many C-suite positions during their careers across clinical practice, administration, academics, private industry, and governmental venues. Examples of roles for experienced, DNP-educated nurses include:

  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • CEO
  • Chief Management Officer (CMO)
  • Clinical Director
  • CNO
  • Director of Nursing Education
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Patient Services/CNO
  • Director, Emergency Services
  • Director, Women's & Children's
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Nursing Department Director
  • Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services
  • Vice President of Patient Services
  • Vice President, Clinic Operations

Salary Ranges and Percentages by Job Title

Nurse leaders with senior level titles earn higher incomes than other nurse leaders, while systems-based, C-suite title holders earn more than their non-systems counterparts.1

  $80,000 - $139,999 $140,000 - $199,999 More than $200,000
CEO 41% 25% 25%
COO 25% 32% 42%
System CNO 10% 15% 71%
Non-System CNO 30% 37% 31%
Vice President 21% 43% 35%
Director 72% 19% 1%
Manager 76% 6% 0%
Clinical Staff 27% 1% 1%


Salaries range considerably based upon experience level, with the tipping point currently set at 10 years.
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Salary Ranges by Experience Level

  Under $79,999 $80,000 - $139,999 $140,000 - $199,999 More than $200,000
Less than 1 year 58% 39% 3% 0%
2 - 5 years 30% 66% 4% 0%
6 - 10 years 15% 74% 10% 1%
11 - 20 years 7% 63% 22% 8%
More than 20 years 6% 45% 29% 18%

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To learn more about the curriculum in Loyola University’s online DNP Executive Leadership program, simply request more information or call 866-789-9809 today.

 

1American Organization of Nurse Executives http://www.aone.org/resources/nurse-leaders-compensation-summary.pdf