Ok here is what I know after having lived in central Florida.
Unions - The California Nurses association/ National Nurses United organized all the HCA (hospital corporation of america) hospitals in Florida. Pretty much no other hospitals are unionized. As a "Right to Work" state, you have NO protection if you do not have a contract. You can be terminated at any time for any or no reason.
Benefits- Health insurance - which you pay a portion of- usually starts 90 days after employment. Dental and vision are also available. I do not know of a hospital that offers what I would consider to be good coverage, but you take what the hospital offers. Private insurance is VERY expensive. When I changed locations to the west coast it was about $400/mo for a private policy.
Working conditions can range from intolerable to very good. It just depends on where you chose to be. I worked at Winter Haven Hospital and it was a good place.
Taxes - there are of course federal income tax but no state income tax. This can be negated by local sales, gas and other taxes. Still its less than you are used to.
You must remember, your taxes are currently high because your basic medical comes out of that.
Gas and housing will be cheaper.
Use a credit union not a bank. In my opinion you get more and there are no pesky bank fee's to deal with.
Florida is hot, and humid. You go from your airconditioned home to an air conditioned car to an air conditioned building. You cannot usually walk in the grass due to fire ants. The leaves fall in spring and strawberry season is Dec to April. It is subtropical so rains most of the days in summer.
Out of curiosity, why Florida and what is your specialty?
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Hi, I am an RN in Canada, planning to move to Florida asap as an RN. I am wondering how much you guys get taxed down there on your salaries, including unions, benefits etc.In Canada I am being taxed about 45% of my income if I calculate everything that they are taking out of my pay. Help!!!