Quote from Jules A
Would you share the ranges? I worked for VA as a RN and really liked it. When I got my NP they made me a laughable offer so I said bye-bye. I kept thinking especially in psych with all the bad press they'd step up but it doesn't sound like it. I'm now making over $100,000 a year more than the VA offered me back then. The benefits are good but not that good.
The pay depends on location and the VA, like other government agencies, makes these available to the public. Do a Google search on "Title 38 Pay Schedules." For example, here in San Diego, which is pretty expensive, but not as bad as San Francisco or Los Angeles, an NP can make from $84,947 to $150,346, depending on Step and Grade. NPs are GS 12. I think the DNP is automatically a GS 13.
There are also excellent benefits:
10 days holiday
13 days sick
26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) leave and may accumulate up to 85 days
Can also take time off for education
Excellent medical, etc - federal employee plan
Retirement plan - Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)
Thrift plan (like a 401K)
In addition, I have talked to VA NPs who said they don't feel so rushed. They can take their time with patients, not on a clock to see a patient every 15 to 20 minutes.
I think the VA is very competitive when one looks at the salary plus the benefits. Personally, I'd like to work for them.