How much $ do RNs start out at? - page 3

I'm thinking about being an RN due to the shortage of them. Was wondering how much money they start at. Thanks... Read More

  1. by   nptobee
    I've been offered one position so far. The starting pay was 24.00 for days, 28.80 evenings, and 30.00 for nights. (Washington, DC)
  2. by   vortex72
    In TN in 1997, I started out at a low of 14.01/hour.. That was for CVICU!

    However, I got great training at my first job and a $3,000 sign on bonus. Even with that horribly low base rate, I still managed to make around 50k my first year when differentials and crisis pay were included(that was working a moderate amount of overtime)

    Now I'm in a "specialty" known as acute dialysis. I'm lucky to have a position that pays me per treatment and on call. My hourly rate averages about 40/hour. This pay period, I worked around 50-55/hours each week, and my check will be over $5,000 for 2 weeks!

    I agree with some of the previous posts. Nursing doesnt have to be your "life" There are nurses out there that dedicate themselves completely to the profession and I think we need them. For me, nursing is a job that pays pretty good, and I dont dread going to work. I like helping people but I doubt I will do this my whole life. It is a great career if you are looking for something stable that will always keep you in the middle class. If money is your PRIMARY goal, you'd be better off in business or sales.
  3. by   lifeisbeautiful
    Back home (Pacific NW), they are hiring LPNs in Nursing homes for $12-$13 an hour. The local hospital in the area has just started hiring LPNs and I bet they don't pay much more considering a new, experienced RN at the same hospital has to start at $21 an hour, night shift, part-time....This area does not have a Nursing shortage. Here is SoCal, I started at a measly $22-23 an hour, but with the threat of a union moving in, I am up to almost $30! Still not much considering the cost of living, having to pay for work parking, etc.
  4. by   harley_fan
    I live in the Midwest and I am making a decent wage. I started at 24.60 and not just got a pretty nice pay raise (about 4.50) only after working there for 1 year too. Pretty nice Christmas present! The cost of living in my area is not overly expensive and I do work for a Catholic Hospital. Just to add to what the other posters have been mentioning.. I don't feel my life revolves around nursing. All of the stress and work burdens are lifted off my shoulders when I rip up my report sheet at the end of the shift. Its a good feeling
  5. by   ASU_Sdvls
    I will make about $76,000 after my first year as an RN. My basic wage here in Arizona is $20.56, plus $4 to $5 differential when working nights and/or weekends, plus $12 an hour working an extra shift (essentially overtime), plus $35/hr. (1.7 times my basic pay) working overtime. I generally work 4 days a week.

    Overtime is considered time after 36 hours per week. I have been to Hawaii, Asia, and Mexico my first year as a nurse. My brother, who has been working as an accountant for the past 7 years and has a BS in Business Administration and makes less money than I do, is totally jealous about my ability to punch out after work and not have to worry about the project sitting on my desk while I am off somewhere. He is considering going to get his ADN at a nursing school in Hawaii, where there is keen competition for students wanting to become nurses.

    His other complaint is that he is paid on a salary basis. After figuring the amount of time he works and the amount of salary he makes, he figured that he is making only about $15 an hour!

    So essentially, as an RN, I am only required to basically work 4 days a week for $76,000, plus have PTO that pays for my time off, no responsibility after working hours, travel the world, and invest my money in the stock market and/or real estate. Thus there is a build in time off in my schedule where I can get 6 days off for vacation.
    Last edit by ASU_Sdvls on Dec 22, '04
  6. by   oneLoneNurse
    Quote from chad75
    New grads for the first year are notoriously shafted in the pay dept. I would take an educated guess that the average new grade pay is from 14-30 $/hr depending on where you live (30 being in the high cost of living areas, NYC/SF etc.)
    From my prospective new grads do not get shafted in the pay department. I think the problem with nursing is that new grads make great money relative to the barriers to entry to the professional. Thats why I became a nurse( sorry, idealists). After entering the field there is no where to go. I've been a nurse since 1984 and am not making that much more than when I started. Granted I work 8-5, love what I do, free education etc, etc. That probably counts for alot more. Bedside Nursing staff received a 20% pay hike a couple of years ago. I thought my wages were hooked to theirs; no way.
  7. by   marymary
    Quote from Nurse831
    It's great that you want to be an RN due to the shortage, but being a nurse is not just a job. Don't do it for the money. It is who you are...I don't know about everyone else, but my life revolves around being a nurse. You have to want dedicate your life to helping people. That means working 14 hour days/nights, working holidays, getting hit/screamed at by patients. It is a very demanding career not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. Good luck. Hope you make the right decision.
    Thanks for the comment. It truly is not about money. We receive a decent salary but compared to what we do as nurses, it will never be enough. How do you pay someone for saving your life? What cost can you put on helping someone toliet theirselves or their loved ones? Or when the MD will not spend the time listening to a patient's concerns about his diagnosis and there you are carrying the ball...there are many perspectives of nursing that are priceless. If you go into nursing you have to want to help others... it is something that is within not taught...
  8. by   Mommy2Maddy
    In California (Bay Area region) new graduates start out at about $32-$35/hour without the differental. That is a base day shift rate. Evening shift has about a $2-3/hour increase and nights is usally about $5/hr increase. It all depends on the area and state in which you want to be a nurse. It truly all balances out with the difference in the cost of living.
  9. by   Doug85
    Quote from ASU_Sdvls
    I will make about $76,000 after my first year as an RN. My basic wage here in Arizona is $20.56, plus $4 to $5 differential when working nights and/or weekends, plus $12 an hour working an extra shift (essentially overtime), plus $35/hr. (1.7 times my basic pay) working overtime. I generally work 4 days a week.

    Overtime is considered time after 36 hours per week. I have been to Hawaii, Asia, and Mexico my first year as a nurse. My brother, who has been working as an accountant for the past 7 years and has a BS in Business Administration and makes less money than I do, is totally jealous about my ability to punch out after work and not have to worry about the project sitting on my desk while I am off somewhere. He is considering going to get his ADN at a nursing school in Hawaii, where there is keen competition for students wanting to become nurses.

    His other complaint is that he is paid on a salary basis. After figuring the amount of time he works and the amount of salary he makes, he figured that he is making only about $15 an hour!

    So essentially, as an RN, I am only required to basically work 4 days a week for $76,000, plus have PTO that pays for my time off, no responsibility after working hours, travel the world, and invest my money in the stock market and/or real estate. Thus there is a build in time off in my schedule where I can get 6 days off for vacation.
    That's really cool and I'm kinda interested. I worked in Phoenix over the summer and possibly might be going back later. Could you give me more details on the steps required to do what you're doing?
  10. by   Kingbandit
    I'm in Columbus, OH and I just took a job in the ED at a level one trauma center starting at $23.77 and $4.75/hr shift diff X2 for weekend nights. I also got a sign on bonus of $6000 for a 2 year commitment.
  11. by   Quickbeam
    After entering the field there is no where to go.
    That's interesting,onelonenurse. I hear that a lot from other nurses.

    I think nurses need to understand the importance of planning a Part B to their career. You may make great cash right now but what if you can no longer do floor nursing? Figure out what training you'll need to fill a niche market or go into another form of care. For many less strenuous nursing roles, a BSN can open a lot of doors. Just MHO.
  12. by   oneLoneNurse
    Quote from Quickbeam
    That's interesting,onelonenurse. I hear that a lot from other nurses.

    I think nurses need to understand the importance of planning a Part B to their career. You may make great cash right now but what if you can no longer do floor nursing? Figure out what training you'll need to fill a niche market or go into another form of care. For many less strenuous nursing roles, a BSN can open a lot of doors. Just MHO.
    BUT thought I had found a niche that would set me apart and command more money than usual. BUT, unless I am prepared to move will not be offered more money.
  13. by   lmcnabbkv
    In SF area I'll start out 33.84 plus all the differentials and benefits...

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