Compare Nurses Salaries Across The Nation - page 6

Wondering how nurse salaries are comparing as a whole across the nation. Are you paid more for having a BSN or Masters as compared to those with an ASN degree? I am writing from Florida where our... Read More

  1. by   kitkat11
    As a new
    RN grad in RI 10 yrs. ago I started at $13.80/hr. When I left after 8 yrs. I was making $23/hr. I have been a travel nurse for Cross Country for almost three years and my pay has ranged from $26-$32/hr depending on the assignment. My Q 13 week bonuses have ranged from $500 to $2500. It's also great to have your rent and utlities paid for.
  2. by   AB.ER.RN
    I work Fri,Sat,Sun nights, in a busy metro Atlanta ER. Base pay $25.60,plus $12hr diff for the Sat,Sun nights. Diff for Fri night is $3.75/hr..... More experience should equal more pay.....I have been a nurse for 31 yrs,and SHOULD make more than someone with ,say,5 yrs exp.....
    Last edit by AB.ER.RN on Aug 24, '03
  3. by   canada
    I work as an RN in a ltc facility and I make 31.00 an hour. No overtime for the long extra hours..of which there are many. My RPNs work very hard, have tons of responsability, are irreplaceable most of the time and they are not paid enough. About 16.00 an hour and they earn every dollar.
    I'am in ontario, canada and I hear GTA pays very well.
  4. by   Agnus
    When I went from a new grad LPN to a new grad RN in the same facility, same unit same job I got a 40% increase.

    When I hired at my current job I had 2 years RN experience and 1 year LPN experience. They go by years of experience (the Lpn Experience did not count) I was hired at $23.76 base pay with 15% added to that because I am per deim without benefits. That comes out to $27.26. Agency around here hires at about $30 an hour. We are still behind CA though.
  5. by   DCSN
    Quote from rngrad2005
    Well, i noticed that DC has nice pay rates. My friend is a RN,BSN and is making $20hr at a MD hospital. My husband is an LPN and got a job in DC making $22hr as a graduate. So, I don't understand why the pay rates are higher in nursing homes compared to hospitals. Well, when I told my friend to check out DC nursing homes, he did, and got a PRN position at a DC nursing home making $33hr, no benefits

    I do think DC is one of the higher paid cities, but the COL here is pretty high. I'm still a student, and as a GSN I can start as a Staff RN for $24/hr. under a new salary program just implemented. After shift diff, we are being told we can expect to earn $27-28/hr. Not too bad for this area...and especially not bad for being fresh out of school.
  6. by   EDNURSEANGEL
    As a new RN grad last year, I made $18.75 plus shift diff $3.50 for 3-11 $4 for 11-7, and $4 for weekends. They paid us as if we would pass boards, with no increase upon passing the NCLEX. My husband makes 15.02 with his night diff as an LPN at another hospital in the city. We work the same shift and car pool as his hospital is 5 minutes from mine. I frequently work 60 hours/week.

    Angel
  7. by   lady_jezebel
    I'm in Seattle. I began as a new grad 1.5 years ago making $21/hr + $3.50/hr for nights and $4/hr for weekends. I now make $23.30 with the same shift differentials. I work with many nurses who make $30/hr base pay. One of my co-workers make 70K last year (she realized when doing her taxes) working 80%, night shifts only. She is an experienced nurse.

    I do not receive any additional pay for my BSN. Critical care nurses do not receive additional pay in my hospital, either. At another local hospital, BSNs make an extra $2/hr right out of school.

    My good friend is "travel nursing" here in Seattle. She only had one year experience before doing this. She makes $30/hr flat, plus 2K per month for housing.

    There are some sign-on bonuses in my area, but outside greater Seattle. One hospital is paying 10K for recruitment/retention of telemetry RNs.
  8. by   lady_jezebel
    Quote from AB.ER.RN
    I work Fri,Sat,Sun nights, in a busy metro Atlanta ER. Base pay $25.60,plus $12hr diff for the Sat,Sun nights. Diff for Fri night is $3.75/hr..... More experience should equal more pay.....I have been a nurse for 31 yrs,and SHOULD make more than someone with ,say,5 yrs exp.....
    I agree. One thing that bothers me about this profession is that we hit the pay ceiling early in our careers. I make more than others just out of school, but over time I may make a lot less unless I continue to work odd shifts (nights/weekends).
  9. by   lady_jezebel
    Quote from Monica RN,BSN
    Dear Cheerful... I certainly agree that nurses should be paid similar pay if they are doing the same type of work, as many places do not pay higher based on degrees. I have been in management for years and pay is still not great even then. The issue I hear al the time in our LTC facility is that the place is staffed mostly with LPN's who are paid 13 to 14 dollars an hour, and the RN's do EXACTLY the same work for 17 to 20 an hour. Certainly an RN should be paud a bit better than an LPN but what do you think when there is absolutely no difference in the work they do? In my opinion the LPN's should be the ones paid better. What do you think????
    I disagree. Since LPNs work under an RNs license in addition to their own, thus opening up the overseeing RN to lawsuits/liability, the RN should be paid more. Period. I won't work with LPNs for any amount of pay -- even though many are excellent practitioners, I don't want to be responsible for another person's clinical decisions.
  10. by   foxyhill21
    my friend who lives outside of dallas, tx makes 35$/hr as a RN
  11. by   ScrappingTrojan
    Quote from Monica RN,BSN
    Wondering how nurse salaries are comparing as a whole across the nation. Are you paid more for having a BSN or Masters as compared to those with an ASN degree? I am writing from Florida where our RN's start at about 17.00 an hour. The high end of the scale will top out at about 23 or 24 an hour if they have many many years of experiance and a higher degree. How does this compare to the rest of the states?

    Topping out at 23 or 24/hr?!? I made that my first year, and the general consensus in Southern California at the time was that it was low compared to other facilities. But I guess those same dollars might get more "bang" in certain areas d/t varying costs of living. Topping out at the above rates in California would not be feasible.

    I'm in L.A. 4th year as an RN, BSN...I'm at $29 now.

    Thank you for starting this thread. I've been thinking about relocating, so it's interesting to see the different rate by geography.
  12. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Tweety
    I'm in Florida making 25/hr with an associates degree, plus three bucks an hour diff. on top of that. But your right, it took me 11 years of hard work to reach that salary.
    Hello,

    Oy, you are going to hate hearing this...I worked as a CNA near Chicago, (with 15+ years experience) and was making straight pay of $12.96 and $1+ for shift and $1+ for weekend differential.

    One of my coworkers revealed, (she had issues) regarding my desire to go into Nursing as, "Why should she? She had 20 years and was earning over $20. an hour with her accumulated wage increases."

    Maybe she was exaggerating but, not sure. When I got hired they wanted to offer me around $8. an hour and I nicely told the recruiter, "thank you but, no, I was making more than that almost 10 years ago. I got up to leave and that is when she raised my starting salary to $12. based on experience.

    YIkes, I don't really truly know if the other chick was telling the truth though.
    Gen
  13. by   lraeanne
    I agree that RNs earn more money because of their further education,
    and responsibilities;
    its the same as LPNs earning more money than an Aide. Your education
    and hard work getting through that schooling earns a better salary.
    I am an LPN of approx ten years and make $16.00/hour working
    contingent for Hospice in northern Michigan. Prior to moving to
    northern Michigan I was making $20.00/hr in LTC. I have always
    been blessed with working with those who valued my work and
    recognized my abilities. Most all RNs I have worked with were
    respectful and treated me as an equal. There are always a few
    that look down and make a point of it, but very few. I do believe
    the pay for all nurses needs to be re evaluated and upped. None
    of us makes what we are really worth...

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