Pay Scale - page 20

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   criticalHP
    Quote from askater
    Michigan $18-23. But it probably depends on what hospital and location. My first R.N. job I made $15 something that was 4 years ago. Now I'm at a different hospital.

    I'm contigent. So without insurance I make a little more.

    I'll add that differentials can add up in the right hospital. for my experience level I had a base of 26.50 plus 6.50 in differentials- this was in CVSICU,day shift. Night shift would get a $10,000 bonus after 2 years on top of all the other differentials. I loved that place--:bowingpur sadly I had to leave
  2. by   nyforlove
    How does my hospital compare? For hours spent "on-call," i.e., available to work for a specified time, e.g., 12 midnight to 8 a.m. (and able to get to the hospital within 45 minutes), we receive pay as follows: 3/4 time PER HOUR if not called in and TIME-and-one-HALF if actually reporting to the hospital for emergency work--PLUS, if I am called in, I get paid for a minimum of 4 hrs at the overtime rate. Thanks!
  3. by   Southern Fried RN
    nyforlove, that's pretty good call pay. My hospital gives $2.25 per hour beeper pay, then when you actually come in it's time and a half. The minimum is 2hrs even if you're only there for 30 mins.

    In North FL RNs with 5-10 yrs are making $28-$29 for critical care. I started out at $17.25 8 years ago as a GN.
  4. by   NickiLaughs
    Wow, not only am I really blessed to have a job, I'm really blessed for the job I have. I got hired at 31.73/hr in CCU. But I'm on nights, so I get 34.90 the first four hours then 36.49 the last 8 hours. Basically, each shift is 430 bucks.
    If I do work an extra shift, it's 1.75 my base rate plus differentials, so 754 a shift.
    My benefits are good also, they pay for your health insurance (hmo) for you and your family, as well as vision and dental.

    On the other side, I work in a 50 bed ICU that is mostly post-open hearts that can be very intense.

    The part of california I live in, you can get a nice home (especially now) for around 200k. Prior to the market crashing, it was closer to 400k for something nice.

    We won't get into what's happening to car registration and such...

    Based on what I've seen of nursing salaries though, and the importance of our job, I believe many nurses are getting completely slapped in the face. I don't think many nurses realize how much knowledge they have and how important their role is in patient's health. I can't say, with how seriously I take my role, I would necessarily work for 14/ hour, regardless of the cost of living. I believe nurses are worth much more than that and should be adequately compensated!
  5. by   diosadelsol
    So, here in South Cackalacky we make jack. The best paying hospital around pays $22.35/hr for NG, but I'm lucky to work in a hospital that just gave us a $1/hr raise to get me up to a whopping $21.00/hr (with 4 yrs exp.). Yea, our cost of living is low, but come on. The other local hospital pays $18 or $19/hr for NG. Nice, right? I get excited when I'm in charge, precepting, on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday night - $32.00/hr. Does that ever happen...nope.

    I guess I shouldn't complain though...at least I have a job! (at least for now)
  6. by   NickiLaughs
    Man, I think nurses in the lower paying states need to start forming unions, or something that will help employers realize that wages that low are really not adequate compensation for the amount of knowledge and importance of the job.
  7. by   bucknangler
    No experience; fresh out of a BSN program;
    in Southern Mississippi ICU: $21.79 BASE.
  8. by   bookworm1
    I'm a new grad and I obtained a position in a great cardiac ICU in Chicago that performs open hearts and transplants. New grads all receive the same rate until they have 1 to 2 years experience. Our starting rate is $27 base plus differential for nights and weekends.
  9. by   cruisin_woodward
    holy moly!! In MI, we make $24-36/hr. I make $26 in one hospital where I work CTICU, and $36 in another where I work OR. I have been a nurse for 3 years, but was a ST in the OR for 11 years prior...
  10. by   LAgirlinOR
    Portland,OR - Level 1 Trauma Center: critical care pay scale is $30.95-$44.89, not including shift differentials, etc. I am making ~$40/hr day shift with 15 years experience.
  11. by   uthscsanurse07
    As a GN going to the ICU I started at $21/hr-day shift, plus a $4 shift differential at night. No trauma or neuro though. Now with two years+ it's $27/hr-days (different hospitals and cities but both in Texas). You should try a different facility.
  12. by   hearthelper
    I am a new grad RN in La and started out @ $20.55 with evening/night differential in addition to the base. I didn't realize how low Nurses are getting paid in other parts of the country!! I coundn't imagine having to do what I do for less.
  13. by   cheryl62
    In Indiana, at a specialty hospital with 3 decades of experience, $45/hr is not unexpected. That's week days, not weekends or holidays.

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