Pay Rate - page 4

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 graduates. Is the Cali pay rate... Read More

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    I'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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    Quote from EllTee2B
    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.
    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.
    Last edit by Oakley44 on Jul 24, '13 : Reason: splellingg
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    Quote from Oakley44

    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.
    Ok I'll respect your wishes. I'd also like to know some numbers too. I apologize for the inconvenience.
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    I 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).
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    Do 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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    Meriwhen, if you read the document you provided, med-surg ratio may not exceed 1:5, not 1:6.
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    Quote from Snowleopard
    Meriwhen, if you read the document you provided, med-surg ratio may not exceed 1:5, not 1:6.
    More like if I read past the first sentence of the paragraph It is right in the second sentence of (11) where they state it will go from 1:6 to 1:5.
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    I'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
    Tele: 1:4
    Stepdown: 1:3
    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!


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