Pay Scale - page 14

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   KIMRNNYC
    In Rochester, NY, I was just offered as a recent GN $18.50/hr plus shift diff's and a sign-on bonus of $7,500 (paid over 1-year) with a 2-year commitment.
  2. by   ERRN1028
    Quote from Trauma
    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. thanks
    I live in Memphis, TN ~ RN pay $20.00-22.00/hour with experience
    new Grad $19.50 exact quote

    What part of TN are you in? Just curious
  3. by   TennRN2004
    I work in Chattanooga, TN. New grad pay is 16.52, just got a 3% increase this month. Not sure what our hospital tops out at, but I know prn nurses make $25/hr plus diff, no benefits. I think part of what goes into salaries has to do with what the competition is in the area. I know we have at least 8-10 mid sized hospitals within 20 mile radius. Pay scales get evaluated and bumped up every year for each hospital to be able to recruit the new nurses. It kinds sucks though for the old nurses because it seems like hospitals care more about getting new nurses than keeping the older, reliable nurses. I guess they think once they have you you're there for good. I agree with another poster that we should stand as a group and have an equal pay scale for all nurses, taking into account cost of living, etc. We all have a stressful job regardless of where we practice and don't get the recognition or pay we deserve for what we do.
  4. by   ddc101
    Quote from TennRN2004
    I work in Chattanooga, TN. New grad pay is 16.52, just got a 3% increase this month. Not sure what our hospital tops out at, but I know prn nurses make $25/hr plus diff, no benefits. I think part of what goes into salaries has to do with what the competition is in the area. I know we have at least 8-10 mid sized hospitals within 20 mile radius. Pay scales get evaluated and bumped up every year for each hospital to be able to recruit the new nurses. It kinds sucks though for the old nurses because it seems like hospitals care more about getting new nurses than keeping the older, reliable nurses. I guess they think once they have you you're there for good. I agree with another poster that we should stand as a group and have an equal pay scale for all nurses, taking into account cost of living, etc. We all have a stressful job regardless of where we practice and don't get the recognition or pay we deserve for what we do.
    I have to say that is horrible pay.I work in an acute facility here in Louisiana and they pay 18.00 start for LPN's.Also I work for a home health agency that pays LPN's 16+ hr and 19+ prn.
  5. by   Katmae RN
    UGHH Iowa nurses are the lowest paid in the nation. Been an RN 17 yrs. left NJ making 30.00/hr for 17.50/hr to start at job in Iowa. Up to a whopping 20.00 after 3 yrs! Oh and the $1.00/hr for night diff. Again i say UGH! But it is a less stressful job for me and i'm happy in my personal life sooo..that's the way the $$$ tumble lol. Oh and the CEO of our 25 bed hospital gave herself a 13% increase and 7500.00 bonus this year. We got1.5% plus merit from 0-4% depending how perfect u are . Course no one's perfect right. So top increase was 4.5 % if you're perfect lol.
  6. by   Katmae RN
    OMG London maybe I should commute from Iowa. That's some nice pay and benefits you found there. I moved from NJ 4 yrs ago to Iowa the lowest paid nurses in the nation . Where do you work, Atlantic City Medical Center?
  7. by   Jetman
    I live by the Ozark Mtns in Arkansas and have 3yrs ER experience. My pay now is 17.91/hr for day shift. Not too bad considering just bought a new 3br 2bth 1400sf home with a golf course off my back yard for $93,000. Wife is also an RN in L&D, makes about 20.50/hr with no benefits.

    Jetman
  8. by   chip193
    Western MA - $21.70 to start, $.35 for any certification (CCRN, CEN, etc.) that is applicable to the area worked (e.g. they won't pay for OR certification for someone working on rehab), $1.00 for BSN or MSN, $1.50 for evenings, $2.00 for nights, $1.25 for weekends.

    Nice thing about nights - work four nights (nine hours), get paid for 40 hours.

    And, there's steps in place for salary increases - so you get a raise annually for 19 years - then you max out and just get the salary adjustment (for this year it's 5%, next year is 5.6% and the year after is 5.5%).

    Of course, the down side is taking report on 14 patients in an ER on a nightly basis...
  9. by   jewelcutt
    The midwest and northeast seem to pay the best from what I've learned. But the cost of living is so expensive. In michigan,I started at 20 as a new grad in CTSICU (doesn't matter whether ICU or medsurg), after two years I was making $25/hr, differentials are $2.50/night, $2/weekend, and $2/afternoon. Benefits are free from the hospital. I believe the starting pay now is $21, I'm not sure if our nursing will get a raise because we're magnet certified now. Anyways it always shocks me to see the large difference in pay across the country
  10. by   Nightcrawler
    I graduate next week and start work in Feb. As a new grad in southern california the rates average $23-25 for days with $29-30 for nights, and then you have weekend diff on top of that. Of course cost of living is much higher, and the nursing shortage is worse out here.....
  11. by   begalli
    California

    We're unionized. The wages have been negotiated through 2007. So the rate changes in April of 2005 and April of 2006 reflect an increase of 6% in 2005 and 7% in 2006.

    We have four Staff Nurse levels and 10 Step increases.

    4/01/04 - 3/31/04: $33.48 (SN I, Step 1 [new grad]) - $50.15 (SN IV, Step 10)

    4/01/05 - 3/31/06: $35.87 (SN I, Step 1 [new grad]) - $53.16 (SN IV, Step 10)

    4/01/06 - 3/31/07: $38.38 (SN I, Step 1 [new grad]) - $56.88 (SN IV, Step 10)

    None of this factors in differentials.

    We also have paid full benefits and plenty of paid time off including pay for days when we're overstaffed and education time and reimbursement.
    Last edit by begalli on Dec 7, '04
  12. by   allmynez
    Quote from jenadox
    I work in a 400 bed hospital in southern Alabama that is a regional referral center for the southeast. New grads start out at $13.00 per hour. For experienced nurses they add 4% for every year that you have worked as an RN. There is no extra money for unit work, but there is a $1.50/hour incentive for CCRN and $1.25 for RNC. They pay an extra $0.50 for ACLS certification. Shift diff for 3-11 is 8% and 11-7 is 16%. No extra for weekends...yet
    I am currently an LPN in new york and was possibly thinking about relocating
    to alabama with family. I was doing some research and the pay seems like such a drastic cut would it be worth it. How is the cost of living out there? Rn's out here make between $28- 40/hr, as a new grad lpn I started about 21.00/hr, I currently moved and had to get a new job starting salary was $22.50/hr eve/nights 25.00/hr if they pay RN's that much how do they pay LPN's and Nursing assitants, cna's usually make 14-18/hr here.
  13. by   allmynez
    Quote from swkbmckay
    I'm concerned! I'm new to this site! And I left a job in the Dallas area about 2 years ago as an echo/stress lab tech - I was the clinical manager over the Non-invasive Cardiology dept. so I know how much the intro pay for a new echo tech was - $16. When I left, I was making $21.50/hr. with benefits.

    I'm a 1st year ADN student. Am I making a mistake? I sure hope not! I've busted my tail getting to this point!

    I don't want to do just Cardiac testing - I got tired of having the "good" projects taken away from me by the Cardiac Nursing coordinator because she had R.N. behind her name! But I also don't want to take a huge cut in pay!

    Are there any nurses in the north texas area out there with insight for me?

    Thanks!
    I'm not from texas, but how could going to school to better yourself be a mistake. I have heard many other people in the healthcare industry have the same question. I 'll tell u what I tell them, u have a job that paid u a lot of money. Yes as a cardiac tech u made good money but you said u don't want to do that for forever, which you would have to do if you don't have any other training. As an Rn you can have any type of job u want any place in the world as u can probaly see in this forum. If that is not enough what is?
    ex; legal nursing, er, consultant, school nursing, ltc, hospice, oncology, massage therapy, even on the set of movies and television shows, own your nursing agency, anything you want.

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