Salary to expect as a new grad nurse - page 9

hello all. just readin different threads and wonderin what does the starting salary look like for a grad nurse? i live the in Atlanta area so any ball park figure will do. thanks!... Read More

  1. by   mitchsmom
    I live in a small S. FL town (between Orlando & Miami), our two hospitals start at $17-something an hour. We used to have an ultra cheap cost of living but our real estate has fully DOUBLED in just the last 1 to 1 1/2 years plus most people have higher insurance and power bills post-hurricanes... not to mention the gas prices that everyone is paying (& no public transport in a small town...plus long distances between places too- for example, my kids school is 15 miles away, one way). We got our house in 2001 for $63k & it would sell for over $150 now. We are such idiots for not investing in some property!!

    By the way, I wonder how salary.com comes up with their salaries... it says that a lactation consultant in my zip code makes a median of $49k... I happen to know that we don't employ any lactation consultants in this county. I guess they probably have a formula they use to predict based on certain parameters. They said staff nurse ranges in my town supposedly from 25th%percentile=$46,515, Median=$51,135, 75th%ile=$55,250.
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Jul 2, '05
  2. by   jwrightstone
    I graduated from an ADN program this May and started working in the ICU as a GN the next week. All GNs at this hospital make 20.50 an hour to start. Once we are out of orientation we get a .50 raise and those of us in specialty areas will start to see increases as we begin to care for more complex patients. Nights shift diff of 1.50 and weekend diff of 3.00. The hospital paid for all of my schooling (I was not an employee there prior to May - I owe them 2 years now) The are now putting me thought the Critical Care courses and ACLS. I am on orientation for a total of 16 weeks and then on my own. They are also paying up to $15,000 in student loans in $5,000 a year increments. I love it so far it is exactly what I was looking for. I live in South Central PA.

    Quote from cybermom463
    I agree!!!

    Carrie, I'm curious too! Like I said in my post. I've been a nurse for over 6 years and am only making 21.74!!! Plus my $3.00 shift diff. for working 12-hour nights! (working in Ohio)

    Of course I did forget to mention my $4,000 sign on bonus and my $12,000 bonus for a commitment to working 3rd shift for 2 years. But what stinks about the bonuses is they tax them to death. They even include them in our regular pay checks....the least they could do is cut us a seperate check....so unfortunately we don't bring home the full amount of the bonus.

    Sorry....kind of started ranting....oops!!

    -Cyber
  3. by   pie123
    Quote from gerry79
    Those of you with salaries in the 16-20 per range, how is the cost of living in your area? What is the living wage? Your wages seem a bit low compared to other areas. From what I have heard, the starting salary in my area (Boston) is about $26.50 not including diffs. That may sound like a lot, but the cost of living in this area is astronomical (average monthly winter utility bill $375). I am wondering if it all averages out in the end. Low salary low cost of living, high salary high cost of living.

    I was wondering the same: low salary = low cost of living; high salary = high cost of living. I am moving to Kansas where the starting pay for a new grad is roughly $17.80, from what I have been told. But the cost of living is low. A home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 car-garage, 1600-2,000+ square feet, full finished basement & in a NICE area can be bought for $120,000 & sometimes LESS! I am in Las Vegas and was just watching the news & there was mention of teachers leaving the area because they are able to sell their home here & move to other areas & buy a home outright. Also, teachers from other areas cannot afford to move here. A couple just said that the home they bought for $225,000 is now worth half a million, so they couldn't afford NOT to sell it. Ok, I'm getting off the subject...
  4. by   GEO81
    Quote from maire
    Last interview I went to I was offered $23.75 for days with an extra $2.50/hr for weekends. This is in southern NJ. Range in my area is anywhere from $23-$28/hr for new grads.
    SO MAIRE......I am grathuathing in august and i am from romania! I had an offer from an imigration incorporation that promised me to give me a 2 years contract in the USA and to go with it the right to become a US resident. But what thei faild to tell me are the salaries for a newly grathuate nurse. I will hawe a GENERAL NURSE DEGREE diploma. I wood like to bring my wyfe with me but she cant worke there just yet! So, what i am interested in is how much may I expect to earn, in how many owers and will it b enough to sustane us both in a rented apartment?
  5. by   jzprple
    where are you getting this rate? I heard $35.87 w/ $5-6 extra for nights from Stanford. does anyone know anything about rates in Portland or Miami???



    Quote from smile123
    In N. California, new grads are offered $33.48/hr. The cost of living is high around here, so that's the reason for the higher rate than some of the other posts listed.

    Smile123
  6. by   smile123
    Quote from jzprple
    (Originally Posted by smile123)
    In N. California, new grads are offered $33.48/hr. The cost of living is high around here, so that's the reason for the higher rate than some of the other posts listed.

    Response from: jzprple:
    where are you getting this rate? I heard $35.87 w/ $5-6 extra for nights from Stanford. does anyone know anything about rates in Portland or Miami???
    Hi Jzprple,

    I had seen a link that someone had posted on the all nurses.com forum, but I cannot find the link now. It was from a payscale from Lucille Packard's website, they may have buried it. If you heard $35.87/hr with $5-6 extra for nights from Stanford, you probably have the latest info.

    Here's one other data point from SEIU, the union that represents Stanford and other hospitals in LA:

    http://www.seiu.org/health/hosp/higher_pay/examples.cfm

    - Some of the highest paid hospital employees in the country are union members. In Los Angeles, for example, union members at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center have some of the highest wages in the area, including: $33.54 for registered nurses, $28.50 for radiology technologist IIIs, $24.77 for respiratory techs, $19.24 for surgery techs, $20.38 for lab assistant IIIs, $17.94 for medical records clerks, $16.22 for ward clerks, and $11.95 for housekeepers.

    - In their first union contract, service and patient care employees at Stanford and Lucile Packard hospitals in northern California won guaranteed annual raises (a minimum of 3 percent) for everyone. The guaranteed raises replaced a "merit system" that gave management discretion to determine raises individually.

    Hope that helps.

    Smile123
  7. by   jzprple
    Definitely! thanks for the info...do you work in SF? I'm trying to find the best place to do a new grad program..any ideas?



    Quote from smile123
    Hi Jzprple,

    I had seen a link that someone had posted on the all nurses.com forum, but I cannot find the link now. It was from a payscale from Lucille Packard's website, they may have buried it. If you heard $35.87/hr with $5-6 extra for nights from Stanford, you probably have the latest info.

    Here's one other data point from SEIU, the union that represents Stanford and other hospitals in LA:

    http://www.seiu.org/health/hosp/higher_pay/examples.cfm

    - Some of the highest paid hospital employees in the country are union members. In Los Angeles, for example, union members at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center have some of the highest wages in the area, including: $33.54 for registered nurses, $28.50 for radiology technologist IIIs, $24.77 for respiratory techs, $19.24 for surgery techs, $20.38 for lab assistant IIIs, $17.94 for medical records clerks, $16.22 for ward clerks, and $11.95 for housekeepers.

    - In their first union contract, service and patient care employees at Stanford and Lucile Packard hospitals in northern California won guaranteed annual raises (a minimum of 3 percent) for everyone. The guaranteed raises replaced a "merit system" that gave management discretion to determine raises individually.

    Hope that helps.

    Smile123
  8. by   smile123
    Quote from jzprple
    Definitely! thanks for the info...do you work in SF? I'm trying to find the best place to do a new grad program..any ideas?
    Hi Jzprple,
    I would like to work in SF at UCSF or on the Peninsula at Lucille Packard, Stanford or El Camino. I am looking for new grad programs when I graduate next summer, so if you find out anything, let me know! P.S. Are you moving to Nebraska for school and then coming back? (I just noticed that on your location.)

    Smile123
  9. by   Lapa
    Palm Beach County, FL.

    The starting rate not only depends on area, but also whom you are working for. Here we have several hospitals that belong to HCA. They start new grads from 17.60/hr. TENET hospitals, on the other hand, start at 21.14/hr (all rates full time day shift with benefits). I also work in LTC facility as PRN RN nurse - 25/hr.
  10. by   Spatialized
    Just to add, if I heard right, new grads here in Flagstaff amke around $21 and change (of course this is what I heard through the grapevine), which barely covers cost of living and isn't even close to the range to buy a house...

    Anyone have a clue what rates in Seattle or Portland (OR) might be? I went a'searching, but didn't come up with much.

    Tom
  11. by   jzprple
    well I moved from Los Angeles to Omaha, NE for school this past August and am graduating in 2 1/2 weeks! I think I'm heading back to Cali via SF this time. can't wait to get out of this heat and back home! I'll let ya know if I hear anything great...a lot of these hospitals haven't been getting back to me so who knows...

    Tom--I heard in Portland they are starting around $28-29 for days...but that was kinda through the grapevine.


    Quote from smile123
    Hi Jzprple,
    I would like to work in SF at UCSF or on the Peninsula at Lucille Packard, Stanford or El Camino. I am looking for new grad programs when I graduate next summer, so if you find out anything, let me know! P.S. Are you moving to Nebraska for school and then coming back? (I just noticed that on your location.)

    Smile123
  12. by   Gampopa
    In Denver starting pay range for new grad c BSN is $20-24/hr, c $2.50 night $4.00 weekend dif. Cost of living is getting more and more expensive especially housing costs although I'm hopeful that the price of a house has topped out and the bubble is about to burst on the housing market here.
  13. by   GEO81
    Hi Ewery 1 ! Its Me Again. It Looks Like The More I Find Out The More Complicate It Becomes. All I Want To Know Is That Is It Possible To Support My Wyfe And Hhawe A Child From The Sallary Of A Newly Graduated And Registered In A Forrein Country Nurse. So If Any Of U Can Give Me Any Concreet Info I Wood Realy Appreciate It!
    Thanks A Lot From Geo

close