Pay Scale - page 9

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   TaoRN
    maybe salary is relative to cost of living. in central california, houses start at 450k (fixer-upper at 300k+). new nurses start at $26+/hr, but you need two incomes plus a prayer to buy a house!
  2. by   healingtouchRN
    well I am in the lowest paying part of the country, but our cost of living is reasonable too. Very low property taxes. A new house in this area is about $110,000, but an older one in a transitional area is $50,000(3BR, 2BA). But I have been practicing 14 years with a BSN & CHTP (about to take my CV Boards) & I am a charge nurse on nights so I end up with $27.03/hr. When I complete my CV Boards It'll be $28.03/hr. Plus I will move to the highest level of out clinical ladder, Level IV, which means that when I do the extra little duties I get a quarterly bonus of about $800 after taxes & retirement come out. It's a little head ache but I get alot out of it! I made about $60K last year. We don't have a union here, this is a "right to fire" state. I tried to start a union a few years ago, & everyone was for it but very few signed the dotted line. Very submissive, afraid nurses. Fearful of retribution, even though that is illegal. Oh well, I am not willing to relocate to I dig in & make the best of it. I could be in the middle east or India making way less in worse conditions. I count my blessings.
    Last edit by healingtouchRN on Apr 8, '03
  3. by   New CCU RN
    I am in Virginia (1.5 hrs south of DC). With just about one year experience I am making 18 base but with shift dif it is b/n 24-26/hr. This is a fully benefitted position, retirement plan, pretty much free health, dental and life insurance, 30 days PTO, tuition reimbursement, etc.

    In June I am getting a 7 % raise.

    Right now, it comes out to about 52k before overtime, taxes, etc.

    Considering I am just a year of experience, I cannot complain. I am not charge yet and just starting to do some leadership type things on the unit.
  4. by   DiannaM
    Originally posted by shirley-RN
    I know that recently in KY the payscale starting rate for new grads is $15.05 hr. There was a market review handed to all the hospitals in which they ajusted there rate as close to the others. This all took place about 5 months ago. I don't know anything about the nursing homes or agencies
    I'm a nurse in Kentucky as well -- and I'd love to know where the areas are that are paying $12 to folks. Is this LPN rates?? When I graduated -- 10 years ago -- I started at 13.65/hr , in a transitional care unit. Our hospital did not pay any extra for critical care. I don't know what they are doing now. When I stopped doing agency 2 years ago; they were paying $34/hr for day shift in ICU.
    Currently, I am working for a cardiology practice seeing patients in the hospital as a Clinical Coordinator. Hourly rate is 23/hr. So, I guess from start to finish, I've gone up $1 per year. Compared to other parts of the country, Kentucky living is cheap.
    Anyone else out there working for physicians??

    Dianna
  5. by   Surgical Hrt RN
    WOW! Some places are really low! Here in Illinois starting pay for a grad RN is $18. I have been an RN since 98 and I make 26.13 base pay, more for pm's, nights and weekends. We get raises as we get more certifications. However, I also do agency a couple of times a month, that pays $50 an hour. That's what we should make to begin with, anyone agree?
  6. by   szoozoo
    Originally posted by angel
    I know that pay scales vary around the usa; but was wondering about the va nuses pay scale(title 38)...we have been under a locality pay act for 10years now & do not get cost of living like all other federal employees.In fact some years got a cut..this year they receive 4.8%....what about the rest of the USA what is your COLA????....maybe it is time that we organize for uniformity of pay throught the usa...



    I live in Toledo, OH and the base payrate is $18.90
    for the new grads.
  7. by   jlc
    I live in a small town about an hours drive from Pittsburgh, Pa. We have a union and just received a 6.5% pay raise. Starting salary is $17.00 for a new grad. up to $22.30 for a nurse with 25 years experience. The nurses in the city make more, so we hope to do even better with our next contract. JJ
  8. by   nadia562002
    I just accepted a job in Seattle as a new grad on the cardiothoracic unit. I will be getting around $21/hr plus differentials. A one bedroom apt costs around $800. THis sounds far better then any of the experienced jobs you all have. I also get some pretty good benefits from being both a state and hospital employee at a major teaching hospital.
  9. by   KristinCSICU
    I'm a new grad at a hospital in Baltimore and my pay is $23.96/hr
  10. by   catlabrn
    Most Cincinnati hospitals pay from about $16 to $23. University pays up to about $30 (for those not doing the clinical ladder thing). I think Children's pays about $2-$3/hour less than the others--they're a niche hospital.
  11. by   male_ky_nurse
    of course salary varies with place and experience,,,,, my base is 17.88 and i get a $5 critical care differential,,,, i have 5 year critical care experience
  12. by   VaMedic
    New Grads are at about $17.00-20.00/hr in Hampton Roads Virginia. Shift differential can be anywhere from 3.00/hr for nights, weekend 3.00/hr, and weekend night 4-4.50/hr. Usually work three 12's a week and very flexible schedule.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    Ya know, my manager is paying a fulltime day CCU nurse 28 bucks an hr, we just found out. We in the critical care pool are making the same!

    Doesn't seem right. Specially when you consider the fulltimer has less than 5 yrs experience and the pool (many with 20 yrs plus) fills in at a moment's notice when needed and doesn't get any benes.

    Something's wrong with this picture, IMO.

    Guess I may have to go fulltime to get a raise <sigh>

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