My informal salary survey had 6 respondents (thank you for responding!)
You can see the actual results on the right hand side of my blog.
Interestingly, 3 of the 6 respondents reported salaries in the $70 - $79,999 category. I know for certain in the NY metropolitan area that salaries are a bit higher than that. One may look at this and say "I can make more money as an R.N." and that would be true. In my experience with my colleagues, NPs don't mainly become NPs for the financial incentives. It is about taking on patient care from a unique perspective - a perspective that synthesizes nursing and medicine, that sets out to be culturally competent, that strives for evidence and that focuses on the whole person.
There are still many out there who do not (nor care to) understand NP practice. I maintain that we are not "physician wannabes" and bring something inherently unique and valuable to patient care.
Thanks again for responding!