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I spoke to a SRNA the other day and was amazed at what I perceived as her extreme naivete. She goes to a private college with tuition up to 50k per year. I made a joke about joining the military and having no loans. She then said that she "doesn't think the military can feed her" and that she's glad that she can pay all her loans with "the first year as a practicing CRNA".

I'm familiar with med students and false salary expectations, but I almost laugh at her when I heard this from a SRNA.

Maybe, I'm wrong and CRNAs are starting off at 300k per year. I do know I'm not going hungry with the military.
 

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I spoke to a SRNA the other day and was amazed at what I perceived as her extreme naivete. She goes to a private college with tuition up to 50k per year. I made a joke about joining the military and having no loans. She then said that she "doesn't think the military can feed her" and that she's glad that she can pay all her loans with "the first year as a practicing CRNA".

I'm familiar with med students and false salary expectations, but I almost laugh at her when I heard this from a SRNA.

Maybe, I'm wrong and CRNAs are starting off at 300k per year. I do know I'm not going hungry with the military.
If shes already an SRNA then shes only got 2 years left...at 100k...and shell make that easy

Right? Or did i misunderstand?
 

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If shes already an SRNA then shes only got 2 years left...at 100k...and shell make that easy

Right? Or did i misunderstand?
Sure, if her loans are interest free during those 2 years, she pays no taxes on her income, and she doesnt have to pay her own living expenses. Easy.
 

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I spoke to a SRNA the other day and was amazed at what I perceived as her extreme naivete. She goes to a private college with tuition up to 50k per year. I made a joke about joining the military and having no loans. She then said that she "doesn't think the military can feed her" and that she's glad that she can pay all her loans with "the first year as a practicing CRNA".

I'm familiar with med students and false salary expectations, but I almost laugh at her when I heard this from a SRNA.

Maybe, I'm wrong and CRNAs are starting off at 300k per year. I do know I'm not going hungry with the military.
Good grief y'all. All worked up about nothing.

Perhaps this SRNA doesn't understand some simple facts about those little things called TAXES, as well as other things about the real world. When she figures it out, it will really burst her bubble.

Anesthetist salaries are all over the place, depending on type of practice, full time, full time with OT, full time and 24/7 call in the boonies, whatever. New grads in some areas may be under $100k because of overproduction. $300k would be an extreme stretch for a new grad but $200k in a less desirable location is possible (although not for just 7-3 M-F).

That $200k is also likely as a 1099 contractor, not as a salaried employee. Out of that $200k they pay EVERYTHING - health/dental/life insurance, roughly 14-15% for MCare/FICA, pension contribution, etc. And lets remember - she then has to take out living expenses, and then of course she'll probably be stupid enough to buy a new BMW, and trust me, there won't be enough leftover for anywhere remotely near $100k for loan payoffs. You don't start out paying off your student loans before Uncle Sam and living expenses.
 

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It's probably true for almost all new grads in whatever field that they don't understand that money doesn't go nearly as far as they think.
 
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Good grief y'all. All worked up about nothing.

Perhaps this SRNA doesn't understand some simple facts about those little things called TAXES, as well as other things about the real world. When she figures it out, it will really burst her bubble.

Anesthetist salaries are all over the place, depending on type of practice, full time, full time with OT, full time and 24/7 call in the boonies, whatever. New grads in some areas may be under $100k because of overproduction. $300k would be an extreme stretch for a new grad but $200k in a less desirable location is possible (although not for just 7-3 M-F).

That $200k is also likely as a 1099 contractor, not as a salaried employee. Out of that $200k they pay EVERYTHING - health/dental/life insurance, roughly 14-15% for MCare/FICA, pension contribution, etc. And lets remember - she then has to take out living expenses, and then of course she'll probably be stupid enough to buy a new BMW, and trust me, there won't be enough leftover for anywhere remotely near $100k for loan payoffs. You don't start out paying off your student loans before Uncle Sam and living expenses.
I wasn't worked up, I just thought I'd share an n=1 encounter with an SRNA.

Probably not restricted to just SRNA as posted.

However, to say that the military "can't feed you" and to pay off a 100k loan in a year is a bit of a stretch.

My wife and I gross over 450k per year combined and we would have problems paying off a 100k loan in a year with other living expenses. We could probably do it, but it would be a little hard.

Then again, maybe her husband makes a ton of money.
 

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Maybe she didn't need to take out the full amount in loans due to spousal or other family support, or from having money saved before school... though chances are it probably is naivete.
 

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Or that they are graduating tons of new crnas every year and the supply is going way up which will drive down salaries for them.
 

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