I am a total newbie at Agency work and feel my lack of experience allowed the agency to take advantage of me. If I am wrong about that please correct me ok.
I recently got a position with an agency and found out how much they are charging the company for my contract. Once I found out how much I was making in comparison to what I they where charging the company I felt like one big lilipop.
The agency that hired me is making aproximately 35% profit off my wage is that a fare thing. Am I so new to this that I do not know the correct wages.
The agency is paying me 35/hr and charging the place I work for 53/hr.(this is a per diem position). I get no benefits from them either. I work 11hr shift but often stay another 1 1/2 (I am not paid overtime for this additional hour) and when I work a Sunday I also get straight pay from the agency even though the company pays there nurses extra for Sundays.
I originally asked the agency for 45/hr and they said they could not pay me this amount b/c the company I was going to work for had a budget and could not pay me more than 35/hr.(This was not true since they pay there nurses at this company $40/hr
Now I find out that this company pays there nurses 40/hr which is more than I get paid from the agency. So many posts talk about how agency nurses get paid so much more than them and I am getting paid less.
The location is NYC therefore wages are generally higher here than in other states and that is why I am asking you to inform in terms of % b/c we all live in different states and wages vary based on states. What is the fare percentage an agency should make off ones wage? I wanted to know this so I know how to negotiate my wage better next time.
I feel so foolish because I really needed to be making 45/hr to meet my financial needs and I am not cutting it with them.
Can someone advise me so in the future I can negotiate a better wage for myself in the future.
I am not interested in benefits because I have a fulltime job already but as sole bread winner and being in a lot of debt I had to take on a perdiem job to make ends meet. Hence, my wage is extremely important to me and I need advice so that in the future I would not be taken advantge of.
If it helps the following is a little bit about my background I am RN BSN/BA psychology/ Cardiac and Critical Care Specialty with 3yrs experience/ bilingual fluent in Spanish/English /ACLS/BCLS/PALS
I thought I give my background b/c I feel that this is also relative information in terms of pay level.
Thought I ask here about this so in the future I can become a better negotiator of my wages.
I am consoled only by the thought that I will be hired by the company I am working for now and will start in January 2008 at 40/hr. Its still below what I needed to meet my needs but at least it will be helpful to me.