Originally posted by paula77720
I'm from New York and moving to Tampa, Florida when i finished May of next year. I heard that the starting salary for fresh grad is $18 - $20/hr in Tampa or around $35k/year. I'm currently working in the Doctor's office, assisting endo and colonoscopy procedures and getting $18/hr. My friend who just started work in the hospital is getting $60 k/yr. Now im worried that i won't be able to pay my loans and credit card debts if i move there. But then again, the weather, family-oriented environment and good working condition in most hospitals (i heard) is something that makes me consider the move.
I appreciate your honest opinion. Thanks a lot!
I guess I am the reverse of you. I'm originally from NY, moved down here a few years ago, and I feel stuck. Yeah, in the papers and online it looks cheaper down here, but not completely. Food is definitely more expensive down here than up there. It is also getting very congested down here. I live in Manatee County and every year more and more people are moving here. Think about your expenses (car payment, loans and credit cards), the aren't going to change when you move down here, but your salary will. The weather...well, up in NY, the months of Jan, Feb and March are something to be desired. Here it is the summer months (i.e. rainy months) which can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Every single day we have rain. When they talk of only a percentage of rain...please! I figure that if they are saying that there is a 50% of rain, it is going rain probably 50% of the day.
As I said, the only reason I am still down here is because I am stuck...financially. To move back to NY, I need at least $5,000 and that's too move in with family! With paying all my monthly expenses, it feels near to impossible. I figure that I might as well finish nursing school down here and then move back up. Hopefully in a couple of years I'll be able to afford it.
Just think carefully!