Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Salary and Lifestyle?

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by jmille00 jmille00 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in AGNP. Has 5 years experience.

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I am contemplating going back to graduate school for a post masters certificate in PMHNP and am curious as to the type of salaries people are commanding in the outpatient setting.  Specifically, in Salt Lake City and in California. Is it really possible to make 200k in the outpatient setting if you open your own clinic? AGNP's that got the post masters certificate in PMHNP was it worth it for the salary and lifestyle? 

Thanks

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 5 years experience. 1,217 Posts

On 5/5/2022 at 3:34 PM, jmille00 said:

I am contemplating going back to graduate school for a post masters certificate in PMHNP and am curious as to the type of salaries people are commanding in the outpatient setting.  Specifically, in Salt Lake City and in California. Is it really possible to make 200k in the outpatient setting if you open your own clinic? AGNP's that got the post masters certificate in PMHNP was it worth it for the salary and lifestyle? 

Thanks

I've found ziprecruiter to be more accurate in my area (northeast). Actual comp depends on where you work (outpatient could be FQHC or private practice), psychiatry experience, and negotiation.

$200k revenue or net income? Big difference there. Most likely a startup will take quite a while to get to that point and dependent on many factors.

jmille00

jmille00

Specializes in AGNP. Has 5 years experience. 2 Posts

Thank you! Here is the source material 

What is your lifestyle like in an outpatient setting? Panel size? Time spent during each visit? Take work home with you? Mostly medication management and follow-ups? etc? Thanks again for helping me out. 

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 5 years experience. 1,217 Posts

On 5/8/2022 at 5:57 PM, jmille00 said:

Thank you! Here is the source material

What is your lifestyle like in an outpatient setting? Panel size? Time spent during each visit? Take work home with you? Mostly medication management and follow-ups? etc? Thanks again for helping me out. 

Not sure about my panel size but anywhere between 8-14 patients a day at one job and the other I'm just starting so fewer. I provide 1-hour intake and 30-min follow ups. Outpatient setting isn't homogenous so it's highly dependent on where you work (some employers want you to see 3-4 patients an hour). I don't spend a lot of time (if any) charting after work, but I'm responsible for clinical questions or problems or refills. Admin tasks again depends on where you work. I know PMHNPs who are constantly having to respond to patients, other prescribers, and therapists. It can get hectic.