I don't think nurses ANYWHERE make what they are worth! That being said,
you have to consider lots of things when comparing salaries. In FL there is no state income tax. Also, the price of property is MUCH lower than that of NY or NJ. Sales tax is anywhere from 6-7.5%
Car insurance is cheaper. Although if you are not used to owning a car, you will definitely want one down here.
There is no snow, so you don't have to own a winter wardrobe other than some jeans and sweatshirts and maybe a jacket. No snow tires, no snow shoveling.
You will never be more than 2 hours from a beach, and that's if you are in the middle of the state! A lot of the benefits of living here are not monetary ones, if you catch my drift.
I work PRN (no benefits, I am on my hubby's) and I make $32 an hour. I have see a major increase in pay over the last 2 years.
FL is one of the hardest hit states when it comes to the nursing shortage (large geriatric population) , so you can find sign on bonuses and relocation assistance (but then you owe time to the facility, so you have to think about that).
Winter is coming and that is the "season" for nurses down here. You can take a travel nursing job for 13 weeks, get a free furnished apartment and make $28-32 an hour. That way you can try FL out before you move.
I have lived here since age 4, and I know most of the areas. If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to help! We need good nurses in FL!!