I am currently enrolled in grad school working toward my FNP. I am a little worried about FNP salary. School is expensive and being able to pay back my loans is kind of important. In my area in Oregon acute care RN wages are very good, (I make about 39/hr + 5.75 night shift differential with 3.5 years exp). I know that I don't want to stay working as a staff RN. I am hoping to make at least what I am currently as a new NP, maybe slightly less. I have spoken with a few NP's in my hospital who are still working as staff RN's because they make more here than as NP's. (However, they also have been RN's a long time) I know the average salaries for FNP's and I know it can be highly variable depending on where you live, but just to get some real life input, what was your first FNP salary/wage and how many hours did you work a week?