Pay Scale - page 13

Please let me know what your base pay is in your part of the country. I live in TN and where I work our base pay is 13.00/hr. And if you are a CVICU nurse, do you get paid more for what you can do.... Read More

  1. by   Shotzie
    This thread started in 1999 and progresses through all these years, look at how different it is now.
    GN pay was about $13 to $15.00/hr, a poster was complaining that gas cost $1.40 a gallon (please God, let me pay those prices again!!).
    I'm in the South, in a big City with a lot of big hospitals. I think GN pay is about $18.00/hr and shift/diffs vary from $1.90/hr all the way up to $3.25/hr depending upon what hospital and what shift.
  2. by   Colleenk
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I'm new grad who just moved to Seattle for a starting position in cardiothoracic ICU. I will be making $21/hr plus differentials when I start in about two weeks. But of course, as others have mentioned, one must take into consideration a much higher cost of living out here on the west coast.
  3. by   vortex72
    Man, I cant believe how low the pay is across the US. I'm so thankful for my job! I better get back to school or start my own business because if I ever lose my job I wont be able to afford going back to a measly 20-25/hour. I average about 40-45/hour doing acute dialysis(paid per treatment and on call)

    Oh and I live in TN which has a moderate cost of living
  4. by   Jetman
    Getting the shaft here. 17.69/hr with 3yrs ER experience. Mortgage only $657 for 1400 sf new house with golf course right off my property line. Good thing my wife is also a nurse!
  5. by   csushi
    is anyone familiar with starting pay rate as an ICU nurse in the NM area? moved from WI where GN start rate 20.25/hr
  6. by   robynhood
    And I thought I was getting hosed at almost $20.00 an hour as a new grad. That was not without a fight. I had 10 years as an LPN behind me. Still I am making more than our new BSN's because I fought for it. That's the problem nobody wants to make waves and demand higher pay.
  7. by   csushi
    i can't believe that u had 10 yrs previous experience as an LPN and u had 2 fight for $20/hr as a GN!!!! that's just ridiculous! was this a recent transition? most of the hospitals in the area that i lived in avg. ~the $20/hr range. i think that most people especially starting out are intimidated to ask for increased pay or to even mention it during the interview process. it can be an awkward topic. i actually tried to get more when i transitioned into GN status b/c i had worked as an intern for the same place for ~1 and a half yrs. they basically told me that at entry level everyone gets paid the same there.
  8. by   traveleragain
    [font=Comic Sans MS] You should not quit nursing - you seem to love it - just go where they will pay you more - traveling pays well and you get to see this great country of ours. I am from TN - where the pay at the local hospital has only increased $2.03 in 17 years! That is start pay for new RN's anyway - but as you might imagine hearing that.... the overall pay - for experienced RN's has not increased either. It is the nature of the field we are in, unfortunately - too many do not stand up and fight for what they believe in - that we are a profession and should be treated as such. I have just moved from California -( northern) - where the nurses are unionized and the pay is still not enough...... - though so much better than the rest of the country and benefits are excellent - at our hospital the yearly pay was 100,000/ yr or better - depending on how much OT one did. Cost of living is high it is true - but I have found that it is about the same in the rest of the country with the exception of housing and gas. That is, buying a house - not so much with renting. With travel nursing you don't have that worry - housing is paid for and you earn a decent wage - and sometimes bonuses. Anyway, give it some thought - there are always ways to make a better wage than "working for the man" so to speak - if you are "stuck" in Texas - go to where they pay better in your area or work registry or take travel assignments in your area - it is possible to not be held "hostage" by hospitals - one day they will " wake up" and realize how important we are ......after all of we experienced nurses get fed up and leave, probably. Take care and good luck!!
    Quote from swkbmckay
    Hey Pegg,RN. Thanks for the reply! I don't know whether to jump or stay in the boat for both options! I love taking care of people!
    I love Cardiac and I love geriatrics. But I don't love spending 1-2 hours with someone and saying goodbye! I don't like being talked down to by RNs, and other "more highly educated staff" because I'm just a tech.

    On the flip side, I was really thinking all this intense school work was going to pay off financially! I keep hearing the field is DESPERATE for registered nurses! Is this not true? Or are they still not willing to pay?

    Whether I go back to Echo/Cardiovascular or use my RN degree, I'll find a way to be back in health care. I love it and couldn't stay away for anything, not even money!

    Again, thanks and God bless,
    Steph
  9. by   Jo Dirt
    Quote from monica f
    The quote I got for a new RN is $14.00. It sounds as if I need to move to California.
    $14.00? That won't even buy $13.00 :chuckle ...:stone
  10. by   Purlple
    Quote from lady_jezebel
    Yes, but those are CANADIAN dollars. Currently the exchange rate is 72%, so you are making 24 X .72 = $17.28/hr USA dollars.
    Plus in Canada income taxes and sales taxesare much higher. So, it actually much less then $17. No wander they are desperate for nurses.
  11. by   Purlple
    Quote from vortex72
    Man, I cant believe how low the pay is across the US. I'm so thankful for my job! I better get back to school or start my own business because if I ever lose my job I wont be able to afford going back to a measly 20-25/hour. I average about 40-45/hour doing acute dialysis(paid per treatment and on call)

    Oh and I live in TN which has a moderate cost of living
    Vortex, is this a part-time rate? You said you get paid per treatment. So, how much hours per week you work? It sounds like a great pay. Actualy, I never heard dialysis nurses paid that much. I live in North East and this area considered one of the highest after CA and NYC.
  12. by   TaoRN
    This is such a fascinating thread! I've been reading it for years - literally! Pay in Central Calif continues to be pretty good (along with the weather!) about $36/hr min 2/yr experience, but housing prices are ridiculous . Here's a link to a local realtor

    lhttp://www.barbarajsmithandcompany.com/marketdata.html[/URL]
    and try out
    http://bestplaces.net[/URL]

    Recent article in the paper says median house price is 550K (ouch!) and median income is 52K (those numbers don't crunch, but nonetheless are REAL!!!). I love living here, but remain clueless about how I can afford to buy a bathroom on my income.

    I have to say how much I admire those professionals starting out at $14/hr, let alone those who have been working for years and years and the hospitals pay you only $20/hr. I do hope that real estate is affordable in your area and you are able to own a home.
  13. by   vortex72
    Quote from Purlple
    Vortex, is this a part-time rate? You said you get paid per treatment. So, how much hours per week you work? It sounds like a great pay. Actualy, I never heard dialysis nurses paid that much. I live in North East and this area considered one of the highest after CA and NYC.
    Its a full time job with full benefits. I'm considered a salaried employee but I dont receive a set salary except my on-call pay which is $1344/month. I get that money whether I work or not(just for carrying pager) When I work I get paid per treatment which averages anywhere from a low of $30/hour to a high of $50+/hour(depending on length of treatment, whether it was aborted etc)

    On average, if you include my actual hours worked+oncall pay I get a flat rate of about $42/hour. I'm not guranteed any amount of treatments, they fluctuate based on need. Occasionally, I may go a week or two where I only work a day. However, this is rare and most of the time I'm working 30-55/hours/week. Obviously I dont get any overtime pay and I also have to carry the pager so that is the drawback to making the extra money. However, I'm very happy with the job for now and count my blessings daily.
    Last edit by vortex72 on Oct 12, '04

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