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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   ethelbsnrn
    Quote from 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.

    Where do you work? I sent a PM to you. Please answer back.

    Thanks.
  2. by   healingtouchRN
    Quote from allmynez
    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.
    Our PCT's (NA's) make about $8-9/hour depending on experience. LPN's just out of school about $12-15/ hr depending on skills. New grad RN's make $20/hr base for day shift. More for evening & nights. Cost of living is not so bad since our property taxes are low. We have no nursing unions (yet).
    One can purchase a nice 3BR,2BA home in the cities for less than $100k. Different counties have various sales taxes. Montgomery Co. is 10%, but Autauga (just above) is 8.5%. One would make more in a larger metro area such as Birmingham or Montgomery versus a small town like Selma. Opelika is a competing area too, as we are losing nurses to that area since the hospital is nice & the area is lovely. Hope this is informative for you.
  3. by   Rookie
    I went on my first interview yesterday (got my license last week) and was offered CVICU new grad pay $20.00 with $4.00 shift diff. also a dollar raise after training was complete. The hospital pays all new grads $20.00 to start.
  4. by   kjt2004
    After reading these rediculous wages, I am just apalled by what hopitals are paying RNs in some states.

    Would we be getting these wages if it was a male dominated profession?

    What are the other professionals at your job getting paid?

    This is 2004...Why is a professional getting paid $12/hr?

    I live in NYC. A new grad makes $31.06/hr, $3.07 eve/night diff. You get $1000/year for experience up to 32 years. There is no cap for new RNs ie. if you move here with 32 yrs experience you will be paid base $60,568,
    $32,000(Experience), $6000 (eve/night diff), $2,600(certification), $1,500(BSN)= $102,668.

    Yes, there are some experienced nurses at my job making that amount and they don't want to retire. They deserve every penny and more for their
    dedication to the profession and hard work. So do you no matter what state you live.

    In addition to the above compensation you get $7,000/yr tuition reimbursement, excellent benefits, and 3-4% annual raise. I still don' think it is enough for what i have to do, especially in the ICU!

    You might say cost of living in NYC is expensive. I am able to live quite comfortably.

    I was told by my experienced peers that RNs in NYC not too long ago earned wages in the teens. I think union organization helped the nursing profession greatly in NYC and CA. (which i believe are the 2 highest paying states).

    I don't know about anyone else but i worked very hard for my degree and refuse to be paid peanuts. Is the hospital in your state charging less for healthcare(i doubt it)? So they can afford to pay you more.

    I urge all RNs to empower yourselves and demand what you are worth!
    How? Become politically involved at all levels, unionize, stand up for each other, etc.

    The power is in numbers. Get together, go on strike if you have to.

    There was one very cheap hospital here in NYC that did not want to make the change by increasing RNs wages. however, when the RNs went on strike they were able to pay $50/hr cash because they were so desperate. My point is they had the money and didn't want to pay.




    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
  5. by   angelique777
    I will start on an ICCU as a new graduate with the following pay

    I have a BSN
    ACLS certified already

    My pay will be 66,000 a year that is including the night differential
    that is about 38 hr

    I know a hospital that once you have experience will pay about 45hr

    Wow who in new york is pay $50 and hour

    gosh could not imagine making what some of you in the rest of the country make I have not had those wages in years I earned as a phlebotomist more than some of you do as an ICU nurse which is amazing and really regretful while I do understand cost of living is different 14hr is ridiculous even out in the middle of the country that is ouch painful

    guess I will not move from ny even though like the say my cost are high here but looking for ways to cut that cost but definitely the rents are ridiculous here and everything else and just the stress of the city

    To the NY who wrote last if you have any advise for me would appreciate it it seems you have managed to get the pay you want plus manage the cost of living would love your advise on that regarding the best hospital for pay and work and how you managed your cost of living cool you got it all under control

    if I was married I would be in good shape with my current income but still think I will struggle as a single person we will see.

    interesting post nice to know what is going on out there
  6. by   Jockgrl209
    Miami, FL in large public teaching hospital . . . $22.00/hr base for new grad in any unit, medical or ICU.
  7. by   smkiya
    The base rate for a hospital staff nurse right out of nursing school is $23.56 per hour. $1 more for BSN... not sure how much the differentials are. This is in the South Jersey area, near Philadelphia, Pa. This is for a specific hospital.
  8. by   stbernardclub
    There is no way everyone can make the same pay. These nurses in new york and california are not making these big wages because they are more worthy or better. It is all about LOCATION. Its all about the cost of living. And don't forget, the more you make the more uncle sam will take !!
  9. by   DARLENEDAVIS
    Hello there
    I am from Texas a new RN but LVN for over 27 years but I am just starting out at $26.25 hr,,,,are you an lvn or rn? :imbar
  10. by   begalli
    Quote from stbernardclub
    There is no way everyone can make the same pay. These nurses in new york and california are not making these big wages because they are more worthy or better. It is all about LOCATION. Its all about the cost of living. And don't forget, the more you make the more uncle sam will take !!
    I agree, but compensation for ALL nurses EVERYWHERE should be commensurate to what nurses do. They're not. Nursing wages in the teens or low twenties ANYWHERE is just, well, just WRONG!
  11. by   oakmax
    23-24$$$$$$$$$$/hr.
    Full benifits
    3 12hr shifts/week.
    lookin at 44k/yr.
    lots of ot available, some are makin' 60-100k with lotso hours.
  12. by   BlossomRN
    In AZ. I started in CCU as a new grad at 19.75. After two years I went to 21.50 as staff with benefits. I recently went to the hospitals pool and now I am at 32.00 without benefits except for 401K.
  13. by   NurseConnieR
    In Oklahoma, new grads are starting out at between $17 and $18/hr not including differentials. There's normally not a difference between specialty units beginning pay (although some hospitals do pay as high as $4/hr specialty differential).

    The way you get increases is by changing jobs about every two years. For instance, an ICU nurse with 2 years of experience who has worked at the same hospital will typically be making about $18.50/hr. If she leaves and goes to another hospital, she can get about $20/hr. I've never worked for a hospital that keeps up competitive wages for their CURRENT employees. It seems that they don't recognize the cost of recruiting and training vs retaining employees. At the same time, many nurses don't realize what job hopping does to their retirement. Everyone's situation is different but if wages are the bottom line you're going to have to job hop to see any significant increase.

    A younger nurse associate of mine went from $20/hr to $26/hr by simply chosing to commute to a more rural setting where her skills were desperately needed. In addition, she received a $10,000 sign on bonus and was able to get 85% of her student loans paid off by qualifying for the Nurse Education Loan Repayment Program offered by the federal government to medically underserved areas (http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/loanrepay.htm). Quite a deal for her!

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