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
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