Quote from Cwoods
I've read the salary posts, almost to my dismay.
Most of the rock stars are Psyc NPs (cough Jules A cough) followed by distant ACNPs.
My question is...WHAT THE HECK ARE THE FNPs DOING?!
I've seen a couple of them that do well, but, seriously!
Are there any FNPs out there that make >$150k?
Business owners, 1099 folks, specialty peeps, anyone?!
I posted in the newest salary thread and I am an FNP. Between my fulltime and part-time job, I'm knocking on close to $200k a year.
You're also just basically asking why primary care makes less than the other APRN specialties, when its essentially the same issue for physicians. 85%+ of FNP's work in primary care.
The critical care intensivist doing procedures and rounding daily on a 20 bed ICU is going to pull in more money than a family practice doc seeing the same number of outpatients. If you're seeing people in primary care making a mint, it's because they're knocking out huge volume.
By the same logic, the AGACNP working in an ICU dropping lines and intubated while rounding on 20 people a day is also going to make more than the FNP seeing 20 outpatients in the primary care clinic.
If you see FNP's really doing well, it's because they're seeing a very high volume, they're part of a practice that shares revenue, they're independent, or they're working hospital (myself), ER, or urgent care.