Well I am not YET a nurse in california, but have a feeling I will be happy come december.
Starting RN salary with full benefits in a hospital where you can start wherever you want (ER,ICU,OB,OR, whatever) is $25.36/hr.
After 6 months probation it goes up to either $29-32 depending on how the negotiations go (union).
Money isn't everything. Benefits look great, plus the work environment is awesome (I am a nurse's aide type worker now). Very up to date w/the equipment, and the nurse-patient ratio is great.
A lot of people complain about how nurses do not get paid enough. I don't get it. Maybe because I am 21, without children/husband, and work in a good state? Or maybe it's because I haven't yet worked as an RN