Just moved here, where is the great RN pay at?

  1. Hi All,

    I just relocated here from out East. I kept hearing about how Phoenix has such a nursing shortage. I heard hospitals were in bidding wars trying to attract RN's to their facilities. My question is where is all the great money? I have called a few temporary staffing agencies and have been really dissapointed with the salaries they are offering! Do any hospitals pay really well? If there is such a nursing shortage here, why doesn't the pay reflect that? Any ideas or input will be very much appreciated!:spin:
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  3. by   pattchez
    I know that hospital regularily check the salary market in the phoenix area and adjust salaries if needed -- I suspect the hospital salaries are not greatly different. If you are not interested in benefits, then you can make a better hourly rate working at hospitals and you could check that out too.
  4. by   RNfaster
    Mytoon38 - where in the east are you from? What are the rates you are hearing from the staffing agencies? ---This data would help folks give better feedback, I think. (And would also help educate folks like me!)

    I am interested as I am preparing to enter nursing school. --In my last prerequisite class.

    Hmmm....question for folks ---are the figures offered by salary.com accurate? Below find data from a few of the positions listed there per working in the general Phoenix area.

    Staff Nurse, RN
    [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]48,885 [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$53,722 [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$63,611 [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$67,778

    Staff Nurse, RN CCU
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$48,127 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$53,106 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$64,413 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$69,729

    Staff Nurse, RN ER
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$47,770 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$52,567 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$63,406 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$68,479

    Staff Nurse, RN OR
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$50,090 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$55,244 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$66,002 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$70,643

    Nurse Practitioner
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$66,203 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$71,797 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$84,242 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$89,978

    Nurse Practitioner, ER
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$65,139 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$72,821 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$88,437 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$94,974

    Nurse Practitioner, Specialty Care
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$68,876 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$75,244 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$91,619 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$100,159
    Last edit by RNfaster on Jan 13, '07
  5. by   pattchez
    I work for at Chandler Regional Hospital and not a registry. For example at my hospital, a RN working in the flex. pool can make $35/hr, without benefits -- including med-surg. They just started a benefits included float pool -- it is your salary plus 10% & benefits which is good deal too.
  6. by   dwnhiler
    im thinking of moving to chandler regional center but no idea how much an NICU nurse makes there lets say i have a 2 year exp. how much will they start you with anyway im not even sure if there is an NICU in chandler regional hospital
  7. by   Knorremeisje
    I'm actually thinking about moving East once I graduate Nursing School - how are the RN pays over there? Considering the low housing cost, it might actually be better back East!
  8. by   Calzonan RN
    Quote from dwnhiler
    im thinking of moving to chandler regional center but no idea how much an NICU nurse makes there lets say i have a 2 year exp. how much will they start you with anyway im not even sure if there is an NICU in chandler regional hospital
    Right now CR's NICU is a level 2. They are in the process of changing to a level 2eq, though. I have a friend who works in the NICU there and she said at this time they are not hiring, things have slowed down a lot. I know in the summer she was working a ton, with lots of overtime as well. I'm not sure what her base salary is though, but during overtime she was getting double time, plus $250-500 just to come in.
    HTH
    Keli
  9. by   purplefinchLPN
    Quote from mytoon38
    Hi All,

    I just relocated here from out East. I kept hearing about how Phoenix has such a nursing shortage. I heard hospitals were in bidding wars trying to attract RN's to their facilities. My question is where is all the great money? I have called a few temporary staffing agencies and have been really dissapointed with the salaries they are offering! Do any hospitals pay really well? If there is such a nursing shortage here, why doesn't the pay reflect that? Any ideas or input will be very much appreciated!:spin:
    I live in Tucson and am an LPN going on to obtain my RN. I decided to call the nurse recuriters at my employer to find out what RN's are making. Imagine my dismay at being told they are hiring all new RN grad's at $23.50/hr-this is only a few dollars more than I making now!! Plus I have an AA degree and BS degree in business admin. So I am a bit discouraged by this to say the least. And I am told my employer's rates are comparable to the rest of the hospitals in town. So much for the big "nursing shortage" and the "great demand"-yeah there is demand alright, they work you as if you are two people and pay you as one it sounds like.
  10. by   BrokePHIBroke
    At my hospital as a New-grad they start you off at 24.25/hr w/no prev. exp. in healthcare. I think it's more if you were an extern/aid/etc...I have heard rumors that Chand. Reg & Mercy Gilb. are starting new grads at $27/hr and $29 if you were an LPN before. Also, recently they have been paying triple time for overtime, and bonuses to come in on your day off. Some as much as $500. If it is true or not, I don't know for a fact. This is just what I've heard through the grapevine. If anyone knows if this is true, please let me know! And if you ARE an employee for one of these 2 hospitals, what are the working conditions like? I wonder why the pay is so much greater than the hospital that I work at, but we have great benefits and never get more than 4 pts, and we all help each other if another is drowning.
  11. by   mattsmom64
    Quote from BrokePHIBroke
    At my hospital as a New-grad they start you off at 24.25/hr w/no prev. exp. in healthcare. I think it's more if you were an extern/aid/etc...I have heard rumors that Chand. Reg & Mercy Gilb. are starting new grads at $27/hr and $29 if you were an LPN before. Also, recently they have been paying triple time for overtime, and bonuses to come in on your day off. Some as much as $500. If it is true or not, I don't know for a fact. This is just what I've heard through the grapevine. If anyone knows if this is true, please let me know! And if you ARE an employee for one of these 2 hospitals, what are the working conditions like? I wonder why the pay is so much greater than the hospital that I work at, but we have great benefits and never get more than 4 pts, and we all help each other if another is drowning.
    I just pm'd you.....
    Mary
  12. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from purplefinchLPN
    I live in Tucson and am an LPN going on to obtain my RN. I decided to call the nurse recuriters at my employer to find out what RN's are making. Imagine my dismay at being told they are hiring all new RN grad's at $23.50/hr-this is only a few dollars more than I making now!!
    That's a little low for Tucson. Mind telling me which hospital this is? (You can PM me)

    You would think you'd get more than a regular new grad being that you already have nursing experience. Did you ask them if they factored your LPN into the equation?
  13. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from sonoran
    Staff Nurse, RN
    [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]48,885 [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$53,722 [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$63,611 [FONT=verdana, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$67,778

    Staff Nurse, RN CCU
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$48,127 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$53,106 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$64,413 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$69,729

    Staff Nurse, RN ER
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$47,770 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$52,567 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$63,406 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$68,479

    Staff Nurse, RN OR
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$50,090 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$55,244 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$66,002 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$70,643

    Nurse Practitioner
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$66,203 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$71,797 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$84,242 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$89,978

    Nurse Practitioner, ER
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$65,139 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$72,821 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$88,437 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$94,974

    Nurse Practitioner, Specialty Care
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$68,876 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$75,244 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$91,619 [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]$100,159
    I think these numbers are on the low side. For example, I made 65K last year but I only worked January through August. I was staff, not pool.

    It seems the hospitals with the worst benefits have the highest pay. If you work pool instead of staff it is quite possible to make over $40 an hour.
  14. by   traumahawk99
    Quote from Hoozdo
    I think these numbers are on the low side. For example, I made 65K last year but I only worked January through August. I was staff, not pool.

    It seems the hospitals with the worst benefits have the highest pay. If you work pool instead of staff it is quite possible to make over $40 an hour.
    what city were you working in?

    i'm probably going to sign on with american mobile, and then look to pick up extra shifts at another facility. last year i made a hair over 100k, but i surely worked too hard to do it.

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