I wish I could compare apples to apples for you, but I'll give you my first NP experience. I'm an ACNP/First Assist (dream job) and my first job paid $90K with all licensing, credentialing, liability insurance
, medical insurance, and CME paid by the employer. I had 3 weeks vacation, plus his 2 weeks vacation that he visits oversees, paid. We operated out of 6 hospitals, and also saw consults and post-ops in 3 additional LTACs, not including the rounding done at the hospitals. I had very little support, other than calling in between hospitals, mainly to get updated lists, in case I missed a new consult in the ER. Operating and rounding into the night, and all I could think about was whether I wanted that life or not. I did it for 10 months, and then left. I was under so much stress and pressure, that I began to hate who I had become. I was impatient with other nurses and patients...stress will do it to the nicest people. While I loved the job, I HATED the job. My quality of life sucked, and I hated my life. When I finally left, I felt that not even $150K a year would be enough. I wish I could tell you that you will have a completely different experience, but I believe that if I had a better support system, and maybe one or two less hospitals to round at, I would have loved that job. Good luck to you, and congratulations on becoming an NP.