Average hourly pay for per diem agency RN?

  1. 0 Hi,

    I jst recently became a per diem agency RN in LA. I have a BSN, work tele/ms, and have two years experience in a acute care teaching hospital. I know we really don't discuss numbers here, but I can't help feeling like I'm being ripped off. I won't mention the agency I'm with but I will say that I am making $36/hour + time and a half for every 4 hours I work over 8 hours during a 12 hour shift. I typically work 3-12's/wk. I don't have benefits or any other incentives. I love working for my agency, but feel that I should be making a bit more. It would be great if you guys could disclose some known rates/hr!

    Thanks,
    Victoria
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  4. Visit  nightingale profile page
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    Thirty six to 40 dollars is about average for per diem in Colorado. There is no OT untill after twelve hours in a day or forty in a week. There are no benefits.
  5. Visit  pkapple profile page
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    Worked agency in 3 states,
    FL $24-30 is excellent-no benefits ot after 40/wk
    NY $30-40 some benefits if work >32/wk OT after 40/wk
    WA $35-54 full benefits if full time 4-5 shifts/wk, Ot also after 40/wk

    all of these also pd, short notice, holiday,shift dif etc. and some facilities did contracts of 4-12 weeks.
  6. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    That is very low for the LA area, if per diem.
  7. Visit  nightingale profile page
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    I was thinking it was for Louisianna. lol
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  8. Visit  jarrn03 profile page
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    Days-$48
    Eve-$50
    Noc-$52
    Here in Oregon.
  9. Visit  blyss99 profile page
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    hello I am new to the forum however I am an owner of medical staffing agency in Pa . Our RN's with the same experience and work opportunity make 36.00-38.00 an hour, we negotiate ot paid on both anything after 8 hours and also after40 hours. As an RN i think it is important to get our staff the same for an agency as what a hospital would pay their own, so we negotiate on 8hr/40 hour this is a reasonable pay for PA rural, In the cities it could go 46.00-50.00 an hour with same ot benifit.
  10. Visit  puppet profile page
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    Quote from suzanne4
    That is very low for the LA area, if per diem.
    Hello! Could you tell me in your opinion, how much do you think it should be the rate for LA per diem rate?
    Thank you.
  11. Visit  JoAnna McNurse profile page
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    I have heard that nurses working in LA hospitals are making $65 to $75 per hour as REGULAR nurses and agency nurses make much more.
    Is this correct or Folklore
  12. Visit  AtlantaRN profile page
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    I just spoke with an agency that wants to do a contract in Atlanta. They say they pay $25-$30/h med/surg with a housing stipen of $1500/month additional.

    Is that the going rate in Atlanta? The hospital is 70 miles from my home.

    THanks! I don't have any experience in the agency realm.

    Anything else I should know? thanks!

    linda
  13. Visit  AtlantaRN profile page
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    OK, Here is my question...

    Initial conversation with agency recruiter for a 13 week contract...

    Pay $25-$30/h plus $1500 housing stipend......because hospital is >50 miles
    from my home


    second conversation with recruiter:

    Salaried $10/h taxable plus $21/h NON TAXABLE (which is the housing stipend),
    so $31/h.......



    I did the math, that figures to $21/h plus $10/h for housing (in cash rather
    than actually giving me housing)....

    I refused to do 8 hour night shifts, I'd prefer 12 h nights so full time is only 12 shifts a month..........

    Am I missing anything?

    I've never worked agency/travel before.

    Thank you for your input.

    Linda
  14. Visit  nightingale profile page
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    Quote from JoAnne2005
    I have heard that nurses working in LA hospitals are making $65 to $75 per hour as REGULAR nurses and agency nurses make much more.
    Is this correct or Folklore
    I do not think it is quite that high for Staff; it would be nice though. The Critical Care areas of Nursing do pay the top dollar. I ran into a colleague who is a strong ICU Nurse. The ICU Nurse is just outside of Los Angeles and he is making $ 62.00 plus living allowance (usually $ 1,000 housing and $ 9 to 15.00 daily per diem per days worked). When negotiated, you do make time and a half after 8 hrs in a day and 40 hours over in a week.

    I do hope we hear from someone familiar with the LA area.
  15. Visit  nightingale profile page
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    Quote from AtlantaRN
    I just spoke with an agency that wants to do a contract in Atlanta. They say they pay $25-$30/h med/surg with a housing stipen of $1500/month additional.

    Is that the going rate in Atlanta? The hospital is 70 miles from my home.

    THanks! I don't have any experience in the agency realm.

    Anything else I should know? thanks!

    linda

    I have heard, the south pays less then the coast (east and west). I am unfamiliar with the area, specifically. In general the rate sounds a little low. Hopefully we will hear from someone directly working in Atlanta. There is a Georgia Nurses Forum, here on AllNurses, that might give some info on rates of pay or you could post a query there also (please do not duplicate this post but post another question on that Forum). Ask about rates of pay and Agency or Travelers rates of pay.

    Georgia Nurses Forum

    Oh and it is not considered per diem if they are paying you a housing allowance. It sounds more like a Travelers Contract with a blended rate. Do you have a set time frame?

    I hope that helps.
    Last edit by nightingale on Nov 30, '06


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