What is the average hourly pay for a FNP - page 4

I live in NJ and work as an RN in a specialtyunit. I'm considering going for the FNP program this fall. I would like to know what is the average pay i could make as a FNP. Also how easy would it be... Read More

  1. by   kb12345
    Hi all,
    I work in an out patient setting, I am the only prescriber in the practice. The MD is at another location so I handle everything concerning meds, refills, MD calls, etc. I make my annual salary of 90,000, the facility maintains (pays) for my lic renewal and all CEU's, I make my own schedule, I have 3 weeks paid vacation per year, I don't do any on-call, nor do I wear a beeper, the facility pays tuition for any classes I take that relate to my job, raises are assessed yearly, and it's 20 minutes from my house.

    It has been my experience after searching around that the Eastcoast pays well, and the Westcoast pays well, even Arizona pays well. The southern states don,t pay all that great but I also noticed that the internet is not quite as accurate as one may think. It is a blanket statement to say that the average pay for an NP is capped at about 85,000 (from what the internet says). What the internet doesn't say is that experience, specialty, rural area versus subs/city area, patient population, and one's negotiating skills are are key in salary.

    For example, before I started working for my current employer, a private out patient counseling service run by a PhD was looking for a prescriber and offered me 50,000 to start with a raise to 60,000 within 6 months. Of course he was out of his mind and I told him so. Point....alot depends on what type of business you work for. Now, I work for a large (nationwide) out patient provider, they have offices in Arizona, Goergia, Tennessee, and Rhode Island. They get the majority of DOC contracts in the states listed above. This other facility that I interviewed with way back when was privately owned by a practicing PhD, it was a small business with few LICSW's and MHC's, so he was not able to offer as much as my current employer, though he could have offered more.

    You can also consider going into private practice. Go to the website npcentral.org or .com and take a look around, that site is strictly for NP's and it gives all kinds of info on going into private practice. Right now, i contract my services privately to lawyers who need mental health assessments of their clients in child custody cases, criminal matters, and other legal issues. What I really want to do is go into private practice with an FNP. Since I am a psych NP, I think it would be both lucrative for the NP's and offer more continuity of care for clients if their mental health provider and their PCP were in the same office, same practice, kill two birds with one stone so to speak. The practice could bill insurance for everything right there in the office such as lab work, routine or non-complicated x-rays (with the equiptment and maybe a medical assistant or x-ray tech), casting, eye exams (unless ref is needed for a specialist).....anyway, you get my point?

    Sorry, I went off on a tangent, thanks for bearing with me......

    APRN
  2. by   DucatiNP
    Just posting to make sure this inspirational thread stays on top! Once I have a year of experiance I'll take a stab at the job market again.
  3. by   StaceyFNP
    I am an FNP in Texas making $50/hr with benefits. I work in a minor care of an ER. I just switched to this job from a pvt. practice clinic where I earned $70K + bonus and benefits.
  4. by   mvanz9999
    Hey TRAUMA! Maybe we should consider relocating to TEXAS?
  5. by   JaimeeG
    I live in SW Missouri and am starting an FNP program next month. I already know that nursing wages, in general, suck in Missouri, but I was VERY upset when I found out what NPs are making in my area.

    One of the major hospitals in Springfield, MO, starts new NPs at $24/hr. That isn't a typo...it really does say $24/hr. :angryfire

    When I met with my advisor earlier this month, she told me that a great thing to do is get my FNP schooling done and then move to another state to practice. I am quite dismayed by the fact that I am spending yet more money to further my education and skills and am going to make an insulting wage when done. Grrrrrr

    Jaimee
  6. by   carachel2
    Quote from JaimeeG
    I live in SW Missouri and am starting an FNP program next month. I already know that nursing wages, in general, suck in Missouri, but I was VERY upset when I found out what NPs are making in my area.

    One of the major hospitals in Springfield, MO, starts new NPs at $24/hr. That isn't a typo...it really does say $24/hr. :angryfire

    When I met with my advisor earlier this month, she told me that a great thing to do is get my FNP schooling done and then move to another state to practice. I am quite dismayed by the fact that I am spending yet more money to further my education and skills and am going to make an insulting wage when done. Grrrrrr

    Jaimee

    That is PATHETIC. Get the degree and get the heck out !
  7. by   hlroberts2003
    Hey guys (first post ever), I am a PA in south GA ( I know this is for NP only so don't shoot, I am a friend)... I started out at 60K per annum with a productivity of 10% of what I billed. It works out well and I work hard to keep my Doc happy and my patients happy. THe productivity definitely keeps me WORKING hard. I think (and am pretty sure) that PA/NP make very comparable salaries here. The ED make $50 /hr with benifits and stuff for full time employees. DEFINITELY GET PRODUCTivITY OF SOME KIND...
  8. by   Therapist4Chnge
    Quote from kb12345
    Right now, i contract my services privately to lawyers who need mental health assessments of their clients in child custody cases, criminal matters, and other legal issues.
    Can you talk more about this...I'm curious what kind of assessments this entails. The reason I ask is that I was talking to a PhD who does this, and from what she described it was a good amount of psych assessment, sometimes a bit of neuro, in addition to your typical clinical interview, write-up, etc.

    -t
    Last edit by Therapist4Chnge on Apr 25, '07

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