FNP pay

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by Littlenurse08 Littlenurse08 (New) New

I have 9 years experience as a RN. I am graduating soon from NP school. I have heard from several of my preceptors that I need to find another town to practice in after graduation due to low wages. My question is... What is an a acceptable hourly wage for a new FNP in a clinic setting? I don't want to get taken advantage of as a new NP by not knowing what I'm worth. Any advice would be appreciated. If you are in the North Alabama/southern Tennessee Area, do you mind sharing your salary info or if you were offered any other jobs you didn't take what did you get offered? I have heard 34-36/hr in this area is what a lot of people have been offered...also this area seems to be saturated with NPs. Thanks!

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aprnKate

aprnKate

208 Posts

Ok.. i'm not from Tennessee, but I have worked with someone from TN during my travel assignments and she shared with me that is what they do get on average because it saturated in metro areas. Rural areas may pay higher wages because no one wants to go there. I used to drive over 100 miles each way for my first job

Aromatic

Aromatic

Has 3 years experience. 2 Articles; 352 Posts

TN is one of the worst states to practice in. Tons of FNP and PA schools. i wouldn't work for 35 bucks an hour, thats pennies

PG2018

PG2018

Specializes in Outpatient Psychiatry. 1,413 Posts

I think I made like 24 as a lowly ER murse in a town of 35,000 nestled in a southern state. It was like 22 + critical care differential.

Seems like they won't be paying you enough. I can't help but to give perspective.

As an APN in psych, well...i pull double what I hoped to make as an APN. Need i suppose.

Lovetennessee

Lovetennessee

81 Posts

I don't know the answer to pay, but I keep hearing about the larger cities in Tennessee being saturated. It's making me look really hard at not doing an NP program at all and going for a Leadership MSN. I did meet someone the other day who is graduating in December with her FNP and she got a job where she is doing her clinical rotation and will be making $100,000. This is in a rural area. She might have said Fayettville. I think she got really lucky.

Littlenurse08

Littlenurse08

6 Posts

Thank you all for your replies and help is appreciated!!

RunNP

RunNP

37 Posts

Rural is the way to go.

DesertRN2

DesertRN2, MSN, APRN

Specializes in Corrections, Education, Med/Surg, AGNP-HIV. Has 25 years experience. 158 Posts

I don't know the answer to pay, but I keep hearing about the larger cities in Tennessee being saturated. It's making me look really hard at not doing an NP program at all and going for a Leadership MSN. I did meet someone the other day who is graduating in December with her FNP and she got a job where she is doing her clinical rotation and will be making $100,000. This is in a rural area. She might have said Fayettville. I think she got really lucky.

Just curious, you talk of going into leadership vs. NP because of pay? I am in leadership and realize this is not what I like to do (even though my staff think it is ). I am starting an NP program in Jan and cannot wait to get back into what I came into nursing for the patients not the drama...I say go where you will find the balance of enjoying what you do and pay

Salter444

Salter444

64 Posts

I made $45/hr plus shift diff as an RN in Texas. I have heard Tenn and Alabama are not the best places to work. Texas pays very well compared to many states and has no state income tax. A New FNP can start 100k+

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience. 3 Articles; 5,566 Posts

I have heard 34-36/hr in this area is what a lot of people have been offered...also this area seems to be saturated with NPs. Thanks!

That's an awful low wage for a lot of responsibility.

To put things in perspective, the retail clinic here pay $58/hr plus productivity.

The avg NP salary according to the Advance survery in the South (inclds TN, AL) is $107k (which includes benefits), TN/AL are in the 91-93k according to the nursejournal survey.

Jules A

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. 8,863 Posts

I have heard from several of my preceptors that I need to find another town to practice in after graduation due to low wages.

What are they making? Since they opened that door, or even if they didn't, I would ask. Odd that they admit their pay sucks and offering advice for you to look elsewhere but there they are still slogging along for peanuts?

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience. 3 Articles; 5,566 Posts

What are they making? Since they opened that door, or even if they didn't, I would ask. Odd that they admit their pay sucks and offering advice for you to look elsewhere but there they are still slogging along for peanuts?

This is what nursing does wrong.