Pay Scale for Flight Nurses?

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    Just interested in how much flight nurses usually make, as I am interested in being a flight nurse someday in the future. Is it more than say, a hospital ER nurse would make? I would love if some of you experienced flight nurses could give me an idea of how much flight nursing positions pay. Thank you!
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    Our flight nurses are on the same scale as other RNs. I've transported for neonatal on our LF and I wasn't paid anymore or any extra either.
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    Quote from student4ever
    Just interested in how much flight nurses usually make, as I am interested in being a flight nurse someday in the future. Is it more than say, a hospital ER nurse would make? I would love if some of you experienced flight nurses could give me an idea of how much flight nursing positions pay. Thank you!

    In our area flight nurses make less than what I make as an ER nurse in an Urban level 1 trauma center at the same amount of experience level. As it was explained to me, the demand is so great in our area to be a flight nurse, the pay scale can be less. They don't have to pay more because people just want to do it to say they do it basically. Its a shame, because in many ways they are way more in danger than a lot of other nursing professions, but I guess, its a choice you make..
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    No difference for our level one trauma center - we have a very large transport operation - two helicopters. They make the same.
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    Same story here in the DFW area with our free-standing flight programs. The trade-off is the opportunity to do the job and the possibility of better hours. Some work 24-hour shifts which translates to 1-2 days per week. (Leaves room for a lovely agency position to supplement the lost income!)

    Good luck in your pursuit!
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    I have a family member which is a flight nurse in the same town where I am an ER nurse - they get paid about 15,000 more than I do. They work 10 24hr shifts monthly - where I work 12-15 12hr shifts during the month. They dont get paid overtime like I do nor do they get holiday pay. But - if ya like "the good stuff" - its definitely the way to go. I am hoping to start my paramedic schooling to be more marketable so I can fly too!! Good luck!
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    I am an ER nurse and a flight nurse...I get $5.00 less an hour in my flight nursing job...I do it for the love of the game, and keep my other job to pay bills...and both are level 1 trauma centers...(the helicopters are owned and operated by a different but closeby level 1 trauma center and I work in a level 1 trauma center ER.)
    Last edit by mommatrauma on Aug 29, '05
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    Quote from student4ever
    Just interested in how much flight nurses usually make, as I am interested in being a flight nurse someday in the future. Is it more than say, a hospital ER nurse would make? I would love if some of you experienced flight nurses could give me an idea of how much flight nursing positions pay. Thank you!
    In Michigan at the University of Michigan Survival flight. they are at the clinical nurse speacialist scale. Clinical Nurse III, compared to a clinical nurse I . the pay can be anywhere from 60K to 100K a year. Yes they are paid more than a regular floor or ER nurse.
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    Most hospital based programs are fortuate enough to make the same wages that their colleagues do, I think that you will find that most free standing flight programs pay significantly less that the going nursing rate in the area. And we all do it/ and did it for the love of it!
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    Quote from snapster
    In Michigan at the University of Michigan Survival flight. they are at the clinical nurse speacialist scale. Clinical Nurse III, compared to a clinical nurse I . the pay can be anywhere from 60K to 100K a year. Yes they are paid more than a regular floor or ER nurse.
    They are not paid differently, you are never going to see a clincial nurse specialist I being a flight nurse. You are always going to see either Level III or !V for the flight nurse. Amount of experience that is required as well as what their job permits them to do.


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