Do FNP's really make 80k to 90k a year? - page 7

Hi everyone, I was talking to my aunt who is an FNP, but she mostly teaches and does research. She was telling me that FNP's make 80k-90k a year and that FNP's are going to be really in demand... Read More

  1. by   bsnanat2
    Quote from pmfb-rn
    *** oh ya? do you have 6-7 months of brutally cold winters with chest deep snow for months on end? do you get to forget about lawn mowing from first of october until well into may? do you get to do many hours of back braking snow shoveling just to get to work a dozen or so days a year? do you ever find people frozen to death outside your hospital?
    sound like georgia doesn't exactly have it all. you people have no idea what you are missing up here in god's country
    from that standpoint, we definitely do not have it all! i will gladly let you keep all that snow and freezing cold. i enjoy not turning on my heater until january! you have to be more man than i am to live in a place like that. i will say that during the summer, the thermostat here can get stuck on 'hell' for a while, but i can deal with the heat by going to the beach or dipping in the pool....such a burden!
  2. by   caliotter3
    Quote from Jules A
    In my area you can make that as a seasoned RN or someone with less experience who is willing to work some over time.
    A friend of my daughter told her that her father, an LVN working in the state prison system, made more than $80k a year with overtime. That was about 20 years ago.
  3. by   TJFRN
    Quote from bsnanat2
    anywhere in ga would be great for fnp. i imagine the poster who listed the low wages in georgia could only be in sw georgia (near albany) because that area is known for being behind the rest of the state economically and socially. even at that, i'm surprised at the low wages. everywhere else in ga would appear to be great for fnp's. fnp's are in the majority here, even in hospital & er settings, as there are very few acnp's. while ga requires a collaborative agreement with a physician, np's are gaining ground on pa's. the coast is great, but pay in augusta, columbus and macon is really good. atlanta pay can be through the roof! georgia is a great place to live. georgia has it all, from beaches to farmland to mountains.
    ga is a great place to be... i'm originally from sc & have lived in south fl for over 20 years & i'm ready to move on. my husband rather move to ga so that we are between our 2 families so it's great to hear the job market is good there.
  4. by   rntofnp2014
    As an agency RN within the 10 hospital system I work for, I must admit that I make $41/hr now- not including shift diff, holiday wages. I had BETTER make more than I make now once I'm finished with my FNP. Saw an advertisment yesterday in another area of the state I live in offering 140K plus relo plus sign on bonus. Know one NP who made 95K starting out just covering a nursing home. Know another NP who makes just 38/hour part time. I think if you want it badly enough (the job, I mean), the pay will follow.
  5. by   RED2
    rntofnp2014 what state was that 140k in?
  6. by   xos4eva
    I graduated last August, am in NY and was working for a city hospital making 65 K base salary, this is low for NY but common in the city/state hospitals. I'm curerntly working for an private organization and started as an FNP at 85K/yr, not sure how much growth potential there is in this salary, I know that others who I graduate with are working in private clinics and are making more than I am and at Private Hospitals they are making over 100 K.
  7. by   Le-Lee_FNP
    does anyone know how much average starting pay is for FNP in TN?
  8. by   SoundofMusic
    I don't know -- maybe I tend to glamorize the NP job a bit, but I'd rather make $80 or 90K and NOT have to run on my feet 12 hours straight, wade in poop and all the other various bodily fluids, put up with less than endearing nurses and techs, patients falling, screaming, confused and demanding that i bring them their JELLO and adjust their tissue box all day from one end of the table to the other ON SATURDAYs, holidays and the various other days that always seem to fall on the days when I need off.

    I'm going for lifestyle as much as i am for salary.

    Just saw an NP in primary care for my own care the other day ...her job looked pretty nice and she wasn't sweating or stressing out a whole lot as far as I could see. She looked nice, her hair was done, her makeup wasn't sliding off.

    Not that I don't believe the job isn't stressful ...

    For a second income, as far as my own personal life goes, it's definitely GREAT pay.

    I would also relish the thought of dealing with patient for a short time and going onto the next ...not spending an entire 12 hour day w/ the same person.

    Also all the teaching possibilities and other areas one can move into w/ the graduate degree. It's not always all about money.
  9. by   Nelly, FNP
    Hey Toddy-Im in Houston as well. What setting do you work in? How many yrs of experience do you have? I brought home 98k last year working in the Retail Setting (Minute Clinic), that was with some OT and bonus incentives though.
  10. by   foxyhill21
    What is the average pay for an NP who would like to become an clinical instructor.
  11. by   linearthinker
    Here they pay $1450 per credit hour taught if you are masters prepared, $1750 a credit hour taught if you are doctorly prepared. One must teach 9 credit hours a semester for benefits in addition to salary.
  12. by   PMFB-RN
    [quote=SoundofMusic;5542701]I would also relish the thought of dealing with patient for a short time and going onto the next ...not spending an entire 12 hour day w/ the same person. quote]

    *** I agree. I am the rapid response nurse in my hospital. I get calls and either deal with them on the med-surg floor or take them to ICU or ER and move on to the next. Except on slow shifts when I don't have anything I am supposed to be doing. I can see how you would be attracted to NP type of care.
  13. by   Dragonfly777
    I agree.....I think if your passionate about something then the money will follow. I understand that knowing the pay for the future is an important factor into deciding a career but should not be priority or else you will end up regreting it. Specialties will always pay better and most places will want you to have acute care experience. Take that into consideration when deciding to be FNP or PNP.
    Last edit by Dragonfly777 on Nov 13, '12