Can a new grad negotiate?

  1. Hey ya'll!

    I'm graduating this May and I was told by a couple of RN's that salaries are not negotiable with public hospitals. You see, I'm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and we only have one or two really good hospitals. These hospitals don't pay that great but I need to work there to get good experience. The starting salary is $20.00 an hour for a BSN and $19.50 an hour for an ADN.
    Since I am a Male, I'm looking for a Job around $25.00 an hour or around $50,000 a year. Do you guys think this is possible? Can a new grad negotiate their salary?
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   EmmaG
    Since I am a Male, I'm looking for a Job around $25.00 an hour or around $50,000 a year. Do you guys think this is possible? Can a new grad negotiate their salary?
    Wouldn't hurt to try.

    I'm still trying to figure out what your gender has to do with it, however....
  4. by   SteveNNP
    You can try, however as a new grad you may not have much room to bargain. Be sure to ask about night and weekend differentials, which may end up boosting your income closer to $50k. Also ask about benefits and pay raise schedules.
  5. by   TexasPediRN
    From what I've found and seen, as a new grad you will not be able to negotiate your salary, whether male or female.

    Most hospitals have limited spots for new grads, and perhaps have many new grads applying for the same position. It may be between you and one person, but if that person doesnt ask for 25an hour and you do - guaranteed the other nurse is going to get it.

    However, as the above post mentioned, night and weekend shifts are your best bet for making the extra cash. Also, OT shifts can help you to rake in extra cash.

    Another thought would be to apply to a hospital out of state in a larger city, one that does pay new grads around 25an hour.

    Good luck in your upcoming graduation
  6. by   RN1989
    New grad wages rarely negotiable unless you have been LVN for several years and just received RN if hospital counts any LVN time (some hospitals will count 2-3 years LVN time as worth 1 year RN time for pay rate). Once you get experience, certifications, etc, you will be in a place to negotiate.
  7. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from bucknangler
    Since I am a Male, I'm looking for a Job around $25.00 an hour or around $50,000 a year.
    I don't see what these things have to do with one another - please explain?
  8. by   glamgalRN
    "Since I am a Male, I'm looking for a Job around $25.00 an hour or around $50,000 a year."

    Yeah I find that amusing, please explain what you mean by that.
    Since nursing is a female dominated profession, I would avoid saying something like that, or else a lot of your fellow employees will turn on you quick!
  9. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from bucknangler
    Since I am a Male, I'm looking for a Job around $25.00 an hour or around $50,000 a year.
    i too, do not understand what your gender has to do with this.
    would you help me understand???

    leslie
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    C'mon, ladies, as a male he's simply worth more. Surely you know that.

    And HR'll eat up that attitude.

    No, you can't negotiate. Starting hourly salaries are pretty much carved in stone.
  11. by   anc33
    At most places, especially in the south, a new grad is a new grad is a new grad. It does not matter if you graduated from Yale or the local CC. Yes, some places pay slightly more for a BSN (25 to 50 cents more) but I have yet to see different pay scales for new grads based on gender. You make make more as a male later on (yes ladies, it invariably happens even in female dominated professions) but I wouldn't play that hand now.
  12. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from anc33
    You make make more as a male later on (yes ladies, it invariably happens even in female dominated professions) but I wouldn't play that hand now.
    but why....why would a male nurse make more than a female nurse?
    i know we had a thread about this, and it was pretty much established that this study did not account for the specialties that males typically pursue: er, icu.

    but with all things equal, why would a male make more?
    anyone?
    and how does one know, who makes what?

    leslie
  13. by   BookwormRN
    Again, what does gender have to do with it?
    At our facility, when you are hired, you receive a pay scale on paper. It starts with beginning nurse wages on up to the max/hour. (excluding cost of living that we get)
    Salary is not negotiated per RN- However, we are union and our pay is excellent for this area. No one complains, that's for sure!
  14. by   RNDave
    Quote from bucknangler
    Since I am a Male...
    Can O' Worms! What you make should be based on qualifications regardless of gender.

    Cheers,
    Dave

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