apocatastasis has good points, but I think there is more to it than what you bring to the practice, and that is what the market will bear. In my area, NPs are making in the mid 60s, no benefits. They are happy to get it b/c they would top out in the low 50's with nights/weekends/holidays lifting the 350pounders by themselves in the hospital. Yes, we could all move to Chicago and make more money, but we choose to live where we do for a reason, and there is a trade off. Low wages are the price we pay for a quality of life we can't buy anywhere else. It is also worth pointing out that physicians here are not earning the salaries being quoted.
Our only general surgeon is losing money and keeping the practice open with his retirement savings and a 3rd (yes, you read the correctly) mortgage. He said he may as well b/c he will never retire. When he is gone, we simply won't have a surgeon for 100 miles. He is paying his staff, but hasn't paid himself in years.
It took us 6 years to find him, lol, but the last internal medicine MD we recruited here is being paid 95K a year, but since we are an underserved area (shocker) he gets an additional 35K in loan reimbursement assistance from the feds. I know b/c he told me. He also said most of his classmates started out at twice as much. He also said he feels like he got the better deal and would have come here for less, lol.
So in the end, the most important thing is to know your market so you cannot be taken advantage of, yet don't price yourself out of it.
2 cents from the unemployed/never employed NP.