Pay Rate - page 3
I was just wondering what the pay rate in So. Cali would be? I am an RN with 3 years of experience working in a major NYC hospital. Currently our pay rate is $38/hr as a base rate even for new... Read More
Jul 23, '13 by Oakley44Less about commutes and communities and more about what the op actually asked please.
Jul 23, '13 by EllTee2B, BSN, RNQuote from Oakley44In case you haven't noticed no one is willing to post numbers, obviously. We are not preventing people from saying what they pay; they simply are not posting their numbers. Its a common theme. If anything we are keeping this post fresh and at the top. You're welcome.Less about commutes and communities and more about what the op actually asked please.
Jul 23, '13 by -AO-Quote from Oakley44I'll bite.Less about commutes and communities and more about what the op actually asked please.
To the OP: I apologize in advance if I've mistakenly interpreted your questions. If I have, please rephrase and clarify. However, when anyone asks "...which area in Cali pays the best", it comes across like you are only seeking high pay, as opposed to asking about a specific region you're interested in moving to (such as how you phrased your question initially).
Which is it? Are you interested in moving to SoCal as you initially asked (and you'd like to find out about pay ranges in that area), or are you only interested in moving where the pay is "the best" as you stated? Why do you specifically want to come out to CA at all (besides pay)? Have you even ever visited CA?
Jul 23, '13 by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorThe OP is a nurse with 3 years experience in nursing thinking about relocating to California and wanted an idea of what the pay in California and what the nurse patient ratios are.
I am sure the discussion of the surrounding communities is helpful to the op but as we ALL KNOW it's location, location, location.....what one person considers in the boonies another will find it a metropolis.
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Jul 23, '13 by SanDiegoCaliRNI've lived in both LA and San Diego and can say if you're looking to relocate to So Cal, make sure you have a job first. San Diego is an extremely tight market to break into, even with experience. You may have better luck finding work in LA but will the area and hospital be desirable? Who knows. I would let that be your guide before you pack the moving van and drive it clear across the country. I hate to say it because I'm an LA native but San Diego (IMO) is by far the best place to live in the So Cal area. It isn't cheap (as someone erroneously claimed in an earlier post) but it's well worth what you pay to live here for our gorgeous beaches, nightlife, proximity to the desert, mountains, and sand dunes and near-perfect year round weather. Oh and did I mention that it's about an hour and a half drive to LA for some change-of-scenery fun but you don't have to live in that madness?
With almost 3 years' experience, I work at one of the big 3 hospitals with a base of $39, night differential of $4 and weekends $2.50. Another thing to consider is here in Cali, we get time and a half after 8 hrs, which significantly increases our bottom line so the hourly rate here isn't apples for apples when comparing them to hourlies in other parts of the country where they get base pay for all 12 hours.
Good luck to you and your future life endeavors
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Jul 24, '13 by Oakley44Quote from EllTee2BYeah so that's not so true though. Several people have posted their basic pay rate information and along with rough geographic and specialty area info; data points which are especially informative when hunting for a new position in an unfamiliar area/state. I'm simply asking for people to stay on topic; as indicated in my previous post.In case you haven't noticed no one is willing to post numbers, obviously. We are not preventing people from saying what they pay; they simply are not posting their numbers. Its a common theme. If anything we are keeping this post fresh and at the top. You're welcome.
Thankfully other posts following have done this quite well.Last edit by Oakley44 on Jul 24, '13 : Reason: splellingg
Jul 24, '13 by EllTee2B, BSN, RNQuote from Oakley44Ok I'll respect your wishes. I'd also like to know some numbers too. I apologize for the inconvenience.
Yeah so that's not so true though. Several people have posted their basic pay rate information and along with rough geographic and specialty area info; data points which are especially informative when hunting for a new position in an unfamiliar area/state. I'm simply asking for people to stay on topic; as indicated in my previous post.
Thankfully other posts following have done this quite well.
Jul 24, '13 by genanaisI was working at a hospital in San Francisco for 2 years ($54/hr), and recently moved to San Diego. I'm now working in a clinic setting ($31/hr). Cost of living was higher in the Bay Area, but not by much (renting in Berkeley vs. renting in SD is pretty similar).
Jul 28, '13 by Shane505Do L.A hospitals use a lot of travelers? I'm currently a med surg nurse in Texas. I'm planning on becoming a med surg/tele traveler in two years with two years experience and want to work at a hospital in L.A/Burbank area. I plan on chasing my music dreams and shopping my demo on my days off. No student loans and no car payment.
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Aug 10, '13 by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Aug 10, '13 by NickiLaughs, BSNI've worked in 2 counties in So Cal
San Bernardino- I was a new grad, ICU. I made 31.40ish/hr base 10% dif from 7p to 11p and 15% 11p to 7a. This was in 2009, if I had stayed there i'd probably be around 38/hr base
You can get a pretty nice house in the safe areas of the county, redlands and so for around 250-300k
Orange County - 2 years experience in the ICU 32/hr base, 6/hr night differential. A safe 2 bed apartment costs around 1500/month.
As you can see you can now tell why I'm in Sacramento making 48.31/hr base plus 6$/hr night shift dif. (In the ER) My house rents at 1150/month and I'm near the river.
So, you will probably make similar wages to what you did in NY but the cost of living may be more. Depends on where you look. I'm not sure of how the job market is. It was definitely better inland vs near the beach.
Oh and ratios are as follows:
Med Surg: typically 1:5
ICU: 1:1 or 1:2 (depending on how sick the patient is, i've seen two nurses on 1 patient)
ER: 1:4, supposed to be 1:2 if you have an ICU pt but that's all relative to staffing
Most places to work are pretty nice, one of my coworkers moved here from NY and loves it, the ratios, the staffing.
Good luck to you!