How much do you make as a flight nurse?

  1. 0 It's what I want to do anyway (eventually) but just curious if anyone knows of a good resource where I could find this information.
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  4. Visit  FlyingScot} profile page
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    Pretty much varies from place to place but here in Ohio I am making almost twice as much working in a clinic than I did as a flight nurse (just quit at the end of July) and I don't have to worry about crashing!
  5. Visit  NREMT-P/RN} profile page
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    Mid 70's.

    Fly in a resource spot 8 - 10 24-hr shifts a month.

    Long drive to some of my bases (over 200 miles each way)

    May be making changes soon. That crash thing is getting to me.

    Good Luck.

    Money is not a good motivator - you have to look at the big picture. It is getting tough to see the upside.

    Practice Safe!
  6. Visit  Rio} profile page
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    Here is a provider in your area: http://www.lifeteam.net/Default.aspx
    Call the Medical Base Supervisor and ask how much is the starting rate. Looks like there are quite a few openings.
  7. Visit  K98} profile page
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    Not making even close to enough.
  8. Visit  BigIsleBound} profile page
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    I'm so glad to see a thread in which someone asks about the rate of pay without being chided, scolded or reamed. The whole "nursing is something you do to be the next Mother Theresa, how can you even THINK about money" line is so tired. Kudos to those of you who jusy answered the question the best you could.
    kalevra, g!RN, virgo,student nurse, and 5 others like this.
  9. Visit  in2bate71} profile page
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    Less than half of what I make working per diem in the ED, and I work for one of the better paying services in my area.
  10. Visit  FST6} profile page
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    I took around an $8.00 per hour pay cut from my previous ICU job to become a flight nurse. Not so great. Since my wife is also a nurse, I can handle the pay cut. The upside for me is only having to work 8 24-hr shifts per month. I also like the autonomy and experiences of being a flight nurse. If you are looking into this career path, understand that most markets will pay less than hospital jobs. For the all-to-real hazard of plummeting from the sky to an untimely death, the pay is kind of lousy. All I can say is you come to this job because you want to do it, not because it will make you rich. What more can I say?
  11. Visit  rghbsn} profile page
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    I make the same base pay as I did as an ICU nurse. And I get more overtime...I actually make more flying, but it's not because of flying. Just the OT.
  12. Visit  GilaRRT} profile page
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    I make significantly less as a flight nurse with over three years of experience than I did as a new grad ER nurse eight years ago.
  13. Visit  razorman} profile page
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    I'm in Northern California and do fairly well as a Flight Nurse. We get paid $500 per 24 hour shift. Some days we're busy, some days we're not. We also provide a $50/shift bonus if you're simultaneously working at an ER, because it shows your interest in keeping some skills frosty. So, potentially, $550/shift.
    The bad part is my program doesn't offer much in the way of health benefits or retirement, so a part of our salary has to be dedicated to providing our own benefits.
    We work hard for our money, but I haven't been below 100k/yr since I started working where I am.
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  14. Visit  FlyingScot} profile page
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    Quote from razorman
    I'm in Northern California and do fairly well as a Flight Nurse. We get paid $500 per 24 hour shift. Some days we're busy, some days we're not. We also provide a $50/shift bonus if you're simultaneously working at an ER, because it shows your interest in keeping some skills frosty. So, potentially, $550/shift.
    The bad part is my program doesn't offer much in the way of health benefits or retirement, so a part of our salary has to be dedicated to providing our own benefits.
    We work hard for our money, but I haven't been below 100k/yr since I started working where I am.
    So if my math is correct that works out to $20.83 per hour with no benefits. 100K at the rate means you must work 92 hours per week (roughly 3 24 hour shifts). Glad you're happy with that. In my neck of the woods that's less pay than a new grad makes but if it works for you that's cool. Of course my math may be waaaaay off.
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  15. Visit  razorman} profile page
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    Yep, your math is about right. Yep, it works for me just fine.

    Lets put it into perspective a bit. Over the past two years I was able to have enough down time at work to get my Masters in Nursing and then a post-grad FNP (company paid for). I've also been paid to watch the Super Bowl, various UFC fights, and play X-Box. My wife is free to come over to the airport and hang out with me any time she wants, as are the rest of the families. Additionally, the average person can drop about $200 for an hours helicopter flight through a beautiful mountainous area. I get to do that daily...and I get paid for it.

    The hourly wage sucks, the yearly wage rocks. It's not a "hard job". My weekday job at the clinic involves a lot more running around (a lot less critical thinking, though). This is why, despite having my FNP, I STILL LOVE TO FLY.


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