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A little late, but in case you are still wondering: I'm a new grad from CA and have recently received a job offer from a hospital in Fort Smith - HR tells me that new grad RN pay is $19.17 an hour not including the added $3.50/hour for night shift differential.
I don't know if this is normal for this area - that's why I'm on here trying to figure it out but coming from the Bay Area in CA where new grads earn $40-$50/hour not including differential, it seems way low. Then again, cost of living in AR is a far cry from CA.
I moved to Little Rock 18 months ago from the San Francisco Bay Area.. That is the starting pay here.. I had such huge school loans - my school loan is almost the same as my monthly rent here but I made it work.. As you know there are no jobs back home :-) .. I got into a great new grad program and for me it was the best thing... Wishing you the best!! and congrats on a job offer!!! so hard these days........ the rent is cheaper here and utilities and gas but food and everything else the same - even more...