Hi all. I am a NICU RN in the Bay Area (California) and have been considering going back to get my Master's Degree/NP specializing in Women's Health. Several people are advising me against it since they feel the salary for an NP is comparable to an RN; thus, not worth getting in debt for.
I have done the salary research online, but am coming up with a HUGE range of salaries. I realize the benefits of a higher education, but monetarily speaking, is it worth it?
I need guidance!!
Sep 25, '13
by BostonFNP Guide
Agree that the "worth" of advanced practice varies by individual and has very little to do with the actual salary of the position. It is a very different role, and for me, the autonomy is well worth the investment.
As for salary, I make considerably more as a NP
over my RN job both in base and bonus. My first year of practice I made just a hair over 117k working 32 hours a week, since I have significant increased my salary each year.
Last edit by BostonFNP on Sep 25, '13
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