Any Florida Nurses???

  1. Hey, I just recently passed my boards and moved to the florida panhandle and just got my first job offer. Its a great hospital and everyone who works there is awesome, but the salary is ridiculously low. I'm talking, really really low. I heard nurses in florida usually make around 40-50 k, but what I would be making wouldnt be anywhere near that. Dont get me wrong, Im more for the experience rather than the money (which is why I will probably end up taking the job) but I just dont know. Does anyone how much your salary usually goes up with each year you work?
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  3. by   RN1989
    I worked in FL years ago and the pay was low. Considering that you're talking about the panhandle I am not surprised. Being next door to AL, MS - I can imagine that those areas are not going to net you much cash. Those areas have always typically been economically depressed.
  4. by   Cherybaby
    For your first year, I would go for experience as well. The salaries in Florida are painfully low. I came from New York to Florida and cannot believe the difference in salaries. and don't let anyone give you the "cost of living is cheaper" argument. It was once true...but not so much anymore.

    Hang in there.
  5. by   caroladybelle
    For unexperienced RN in the Florida Panhandle, I would not be surprised at 15-20 per hour.

    About ten years ago, the pay rates were 12-18/hr for new nurses.

    I have seen facilities (not in the panhandle) that are offering a laughable 16-19/hr for travelers. Despite the fact that they have to be experienced.

    While the COL in the panhandle is probably lower than Orlando, or Miami, it still is not as low as it used to be.
  6. by   lesrn2005
    I live in Florida, graduated 2 yrs. 4 mos. ago, and make roughly $52,000/yr working Hospice. This includes a little overtime and mileage. I believe I get paid a little more than hospital (I'm paid by the hr.).
  7. by   peridotgirl
    Hey there.. I also live in Florida.. I don't work yet, but I am planning to. I'm a CNA in training for my LPN at my high school.
  8. by   eternalsunshine
    Quote from lesrn2005
    I live in Florida, graduated 2 yrs. 4 mos. ago, and make roughly $52,000/yr working Hospice. This includes a little overtime and mileage. I believe I get paid a little more than hospital (I'm paid by the hr.).
    Out of interest which Hospice do you work in. also can I ask a questions (which may seem strange) do clients have to pay for hospice care? I am an English Nurse and work in my nearby hospice but the care is all free and the Hospice relies on community donations to operate I was just interested to know whether this is the same in the US?
  9. by   KJB_65
    Hi. I live in Northeast Florida. I've been a nurse for 12 years. I am also currently a Hospice nurse and make a little over $52,000/yr. I was offered a job at Shands Jacksonville at $26/hr for day shift which I declined. The first RN position I was ever offered was $15/hr so while we are still considered one of the lower paying states, you can see the pay has definitely increased. As little as 5 years ago, I was making $18/hr. I wish you luck.
  10. by   suanna
    Is it still true that Fla has no state income tax?, that could make up for some of the poor wages but there is still going to be a price to be paid for sunshine. There is a reason people retire to Florida from Ohio and rarely the other way around.
  11. by   KJB_65
    Quote from suanna
    Is it still true that Fla has no state income tax?, that could make up for some of the poor wages but there is still going to be a price to be paid for sunshine. There is a reason people retire to Florida from Ohio and rarely the other way around.
    It is true that we have no state income tax.
  12. by   LeavingTeaching4RN
    Quote from suanna
    Is it still true that Fla has no state income tax?, that could make up for some of the poor wages but there is still going to be a price to be paid for sunshine. There is a reason people retire to Florida from Ohio and rarely the other way around.

    Yes, it's true. There isn't a state income tax in florida. But trust me, we are overpaying for the sunshine with high real estate costs, ridiculous home owner's insurance rates (if you can find a company to insure you), and high property taxes. This is in addition to the lower wages.
  13. by   nena721
    I will soon be relocating to Jacksonville Florida and when I found out how much a nurse gets paid I just about fell out of my seat. It is a crime shame the salary for nurses in Florida. With all the selfless work we do and put our lives and licenses on the line it is a slap in the face. But as for that, since I am still moving and need a job, what is the best hospital to work for?
  14. by   valkyria
    it is true that we have no state income tax but, the cost of living is not low. in miami it is ridicurlous. in orlando it is just barely less than miami. the pay scale in miami does not keep up with the standard of living. relatively speaking, the pay in orlando is better. perhaps the farhter away from a big city you get, the cheaper the living is but then the chances of you having a big name hospital chain with established salaries, bonuses and an attractive "package" is less likely.everythng in nursing, like in life, is a tradeoff. the first few years though,s should be dedicated to getting as much experience as you can and forgo the money, for now. once you have a base, you have something to work with and work from. not only that but you will have a clearer idea of what you may like to specialize in or what you definitely do not want to do. nursing is a field full of promise and possibility but you have to crawl before you can walk or run.i know that sounds trite but it is true. if yoiu wait till you have some experieince and make some contacts and talk to some other nurses and compare, then you can move forward from a posotion of strength. patience is difficult considering the hard road you traveled to get to this point but, do not lose heart. when you find the right path, you will know.

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