For now, the entry-level of nurse practitioners is a master’s degree. From a cost-effectiveness perspective, the hiring hospitals or clinics will seek a person who is confident about the work but at the same time, lower labor costs. So, it does make sense that there are no differences in compensation standpoint between DNP and NP. However, when the law changes the nurse practitioner entry level to DNP, I think the pay scale should compensate for the extra educational cost. For now, getting DNP is more like being competitive in the nurse practitioner labor market and advancing nursing professions for a higher educational standard which helps to provide quality care for the patients.