Quote from filnurseuk
hello everyone. im a filipino nurse currently working in the uk for over 7 years now. im thinking of moving to south california (l.a., orange county, riverside) or clearwater florida for a better weather. i've been nursing for over 9 years now, 4 years in critical care. i would like to find out what an rn's average salary and cost of living.
the reason why i posted it here is i thought the best people to ask would be those who actually live in the area im interested in. i shall post the same thread in the california forum as well. i hope the moderators will understand this.
would anyone be kind enough to tell me their nurse pay as well as their monthly outgoings. this would just give me a better idea of what a cost of living is like. i do appreciate that it will entirely be different from one person to the other depending on their lifestyle but im hoping this will give me some idea and hopefully help me in making my decisions. summary of what i want to find is as follow
rn salary per hour
appreciate it if anyone can give me their annual salary and corresponding tax deductions (federal tax and state income tax)
house rental ( 3-4 bedroom)
council tax or equivalent
car insurance . me and my wife (considering we're just new in the states)
health insurance (family of four)
family entertainment (theme park, theatre, cinema etc.)
anything else you can add please feel free.
your response will be greatly appreciated
many thanks once again
My goodness. I think the spirit of this board should be sharing information. I am more than happy to try to help ... As a newbie, I have also asked some obvious questions that probably had already been asked before, as well. Fortunately, people were very forthcoming with helpful advice here.
I'll take a crack at this even though I don't live in Tampa. I live in Orlando which is relatively close by (1 hour drive).
I think you would like living in Florida. There are a lot of things to like about the area... although there are some con's as well.
Pro's - interesting area, great beaches and shopping, good schools (if you are willing to pick and choose through the public school system) and no state taxes. Oh yeah, and close proximity to Walt Disney World. Cons: occasional hurricanes!
Despite many news stories about the increasing cost of properties here, a professional such as yourself would be able to afford to find a nice place to live in a safe area where there are plenty of opportunities.
For instance, the median price of homes in the Tampa/Clearwater area is approximately $250k.... if that is out of your price range, you could still afford to move into the metro area if you chose one of the suburbs on the fringe of town.
With that said, here is a breakdown of expenses you might expect to find:
Income: depends on your experience. I am a newbie so I might not be the best source of info on that. But if you go to Salary.com™ Job Salaries & Compensation Survey Software
and type in the Tampa zip code and "registered nurse' you will see that they earn about $40 - $50k per year to start.
House/rent: You can find a decent place to rent in a nice area, probably for $1,000/month to $1,500 /month depending on how much square footage or rooms you want.
Utilities: water, gas, electricity are usually rolled all into one utility bill here. You probably won't have to pay more than $150/month for that total.
No council tax, no state taxes.
Phone bill could be as low as $20/month if you just go with a basic land line plan. Or you could go up to $40 or $60 if you want bells and whistles like call waiting, caller ID and all of that.
Car insurance - depends on the make and model and year. I have a 2001 Honda and pay about $70/month, but then I carry a lot of insurance for liability purposes. I like to be "over-insured" as they say.
Health insurance -- depends entirely on where you work. This is very difficult to calculate because it varies so widely. I would say as a general rule, about $300 maximum for a family plan. If anyone would like to correct me on this , feel free. I am a single girl so I am not the best source of info here.
I have no knowledge of the cost of malpractice insurance
. I am new to all of this, getting ready to enter nursing school
Groceries -- I think groceries are high here. I am a single girl and sometimes I spend up to $100 to $150 a week on groceries... other weeks I spend $50. But then I like to splurge occasionally on the wine and cheese and the organic, gourmet things. I think the least you could get by on for a family would be $80- $100 a week. I just don't see how you could do it for less than that unless you ate hot dogs and beans all the time.
Family entertainment -- depends on what you want to do. Movies on Friday/Saturday nights are about $8-$10 per person just for the ticket. Popcorn, cokes etc. can be $4 to $5 a pop. In my opinion it's a much better deal to scan the local news web sites for free entertainment events. For example, this past weekend my friends and I went to see the "Nutcracker" ballet, performed for free by the local Russian ballet, at the downtown lake ampitheater. We packed our own picnic and had a grand time.
Hope this helps!