New Grad salary in California?

  1. 0 Hey gang! I was hoping to get some insight into the salaries around So Cal for new graduates (2 years and under) as well as what degree you hold.
    I have a MSN, 12 years of emergency experience between being a paramedic and army medic, and I now work in a fantastic ER (as a new grad) in Los Angeles. The problem is I'm being told my pay rate is only a couple of dollars more than an ADN. Thoughts?
  2. Visit  amberger101 profile page

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    amberger101 has '2' year(s) of experience. From 'Los Angeles, CA'; Joined Jun '12; Posts: 16; Likes: 1.

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  3. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Moving to the CA Nursing forum for more targeted responses.

    The reality is that not every facility offers BSNs/MSNs more than they do ADNs/diplomas; if they do, the differential is usually much less than you'd hope for. In my facility, BSNs/MSNs get only 25-50 cents an hour more.
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  4. Visit  BuckRN profile page
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    Where I used to work in San Diego (Scripps), you got an extra $1/hr for BSN and extra $2/hr for MSN. I have a BSN and honestly, I don't expect to get paid more for that, I just expect to be considered for a job over an ADN.
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  5. Visit  ashleyrosesf profile page
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    Not always true about the BSN, as a side note. I have an ADN and got a new graduate position over several BSN nurses. It really depends on your experience, volunteer work, and how you present yourself in the interview process.

    As an ADN, I'm starting at $29.46 in Bakersfield. BSN nurses are given something like $0.50 more.
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  6. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Regardless of you previous experience...you are a new grad RN and the reality is if you are at the bedside...you pay is pretty much the same as the ADN....give a dollar or two. Your experience got you the position over other new grads but you are still a new grad....this is one of the quirks of the nursing profession.....however you chance at advancement in position and pay from there is much greater.
  7. Visit  amberger101 profile page
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    Thanks guys! The update to this is that I don't get a penny more than the ADN's at my hospital! I'm hearing that it's pretty much the norm everywhere unless I'm in a supervisor role - no thanks. Considering going back for my NP next year to be able to afford these student loans. Gotta spend money to make money! HA! Thanks again for the feedback!
  8. Visit  Birry profile page
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    Tough to pin an average, since unemployment is usually based on your previous job's pay.
  9. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from amberger101
    Thanks guys! The update to this is that I don't get a penny more than the ADN's at my hospital! I'm hearing that it's pretty much the norm everywhere unless I'm in a supervisor role - no thanks. Considering going back for my NP next year to be able to afford these student loans. Gotta spend money to make money! HA! Thanks again for the feedback!
    I am not surprised....I just wish they were more honest with students so they can make a more informed decision.
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  10. Visit  yginay profile page
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    Los Angeles: $42.50 (including the $5/hr night differential) an hour as a new grad ADN hire in my first year. Finishing my BSN in 3 weeks for which I believe I get a one time $1500 bonus.
  11. Visit  NickiLaughs profile page
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    Get your experience as a new grad, approx 2 - 3 years then move to nor cal. There really isn't a difference in pay for the MSN usually, but you will be considered above others and nor cal pay a lot more than so cal. Just a suggestion.
  12. Visit  amberger101 profile page
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    Holy cow, just read your post, yginay! What hospital do you work at? After over a year ER experience I just got offered a VA job with my MSN, 10 years in the military, TNCC, CEN and still making less than what you did as a new grad!
  13. Visit  zzbxdo profile page
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    That includes night shift diff so it sounds about right


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