Hourly wage with "normal" hours (South)

  1. 0 I'm not sure if it's right to ask how much people make, but I'm trying to get an idea of how much nurses usually make in the south. Most figures include data from states where pay is much higher.

    Specifically, I'm looking for wages for weekday day shift nurses...so not including any night or weekend differentials.

    Please include years of experience.

    I'm curious to know if $100,000 is possible without working nights, weekends or crazy amounts of overtime...
  2. Visit  oldeddieboy profile page

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    Joined Nov '09; Posts: 25; Likes: 8.

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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    I'm in Texas. Generally, the Southeastern states tend to offer some of the lowest nursing wages in the country due to the lower cost of living there.

    Newly graduated nurses in the metropolitan area where I live will usually earn a starting pay rate of $22 to $25 hourly at major hospitals on days. Settings outside the hospital (home health, dialysis centers, hospice, nursing homes) generally pay more. Clinics and doctors' offices usually pay a lot less.

    Annual earnings that exceed $100,000 are normal for day shift nurses with only one job in the higher cost-of-living places such as the San Francisco Bay area and the NYC metro area. In fact, it is normal for new grads in SF to start at $40+ hourly.

    However, you will not earn $100,000+ yearly in the South unless you work two full-time day shift jobs, accrue plenty of overtime, or end up in a managerial position (director of nursing, chief nursing officer, director of staff development, etc.).
  4. Visit  Indy profile page
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    Yeah, what she said. I need to add that the stress levels will dictate that during the first six months, you need to, for your sake, not work overtime more than once a month. Really. The first year involves an adjustment with your immune system, and if you ignore the warnings and work yourself too much, you have no idea what hell awaits you.
  5. Visit  southern rn profile page
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    I'm curious to know if $100,000 is possible without working nights, weekends or crazy amounts of overtime...




    no.
    wooh, Dazglue, brillohead, and 5 others like this.
  6. Visit  Mom To 4 profile page
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    Absolutely, low pay in southeastern VA. Our new grads start around $20/hr so many of them opt for nights to have the differential. There are no 100k floor jobs on day shift here
  7. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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    No, it is not possible as a floor RN in the south.
    Meriwhen, nyteshade, KelRN215, and 1 other like this.
  8. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    Is it possible anywhere without overtime? I calculate that to being about $53+ an hour for 36 hour weeks. I worked in a high COL area and wages weren't close to that even with experience.
  9. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    Is it possible anywhere without overtime? I calculate that to being about $53+ an hour for 36 hour weeks. I worked in a high COL area and wages weren't close to that even with experience.
    One member recently posted that (s)he currently earns $67 hourly in the Sacramento area and asked if a full time staff pay rate of $50+ hourly was possible in Dallas, since the person was thinking of relocating to Texas (answer: no).

    Northern California (Sacramento, SF Bay area) is known for unionized hospitals and some of the highest pay rates in the country. I know that Kaiser offers a PRN rate of $70 hourly to experienced RNs.
    macgirl likes this.
  10. Visit  Sun0408 profile page
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    Don't go into the hospital if you want "normal" hours. And the quick answer is No. I work in the south, work hospital and do all nights with some weekends. 12 hour shifts and no where near 100,000. but I am around 30+ an hour with shift dif. I almost refuse to do OT unless something major happens in the unit.
    PMFB-RN, KbmRN, and anotherone like this.
  11. Visit  Wave Watcher profile page
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    Nope. I live in Nashville, TN.
    Daytime hours/floor nursing $21-$25 hr.
  12. Visit  SummitRN profile page
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    Nobody makes 100K on a day shift with no OT unless they live in places like parts of CA or NYC where a a studio apartment is $4K/mo.

    It's all about cost of living, not your salary figure.
    KelRN215, BSwasBS, and BuckyBadgerRN like this.
  13. Visit  oldeddieboy profile page
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    So what do yall think the top 5% of RNs working days in a hospital down south are making?

    Would you say they average about $85k (~$45/hr)? Little more little less?
  14. Visit  llg profile page
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    Quote from oldeddieboy
    So what do yall think the top 5% of RNs working days in a hospital down south are making?

    Would you say they average about $85k (~$45/hr)? Little more little less?
    Do you mean staff nurses with enty level degrees? Or do you mean top level administrators (or advanced practice nurses) with graduate degrees?

    Yes, administrators and advanced practice nurses can make that much ... but staff nurses, no.

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