I graduated in Jan 2012. Currently, I work full time in two of the nations top hospital and I get a day off the week. I'm happy about the salary though because I have a lot of school loans... and I don't feel burnt out like people would assume. What is the average salary for New Grad in Cali?
But I eventually want to move to cali from NYC within the year or so... because I have 2 jobs in ER and ICU would I still be considered a new grad after a year?
Also I know it might be irrelevant but I noticed in my nursing cohort guys tended to land jobs much quicker then females did... Would it be easier for a guy to land a job in Cali as a new grad?
Jan 26, '13
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Honestly, it'd be easier to get hired in CA with experience. New grad programs here are notoriously competitive, and I think the unemployment rate for new grads in CA hovers around 40%. Even with experience, you'd still be up against tough competition. Also, most hospital new grad programs will not consider you a new grad after 6-12 months of paid RN experience of any type...so you're probably already out of the running for a lot of them.
I'd gain the experience in NY first, and then come out here. A year of experience is good...though to be honest, two would be better. You can definitely start searching for jobs, but IMO don't quit the NY job until you have a guaranteed CA job offer in hand.
As far as salaries go, a lot of it depends on where you are in CA, where you work and what you do. SoCal: low to mid 30s/hr for new grads, upper 30s to lower 40s/hr for nurses with 2 years' experience.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Jan 26, '13