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How much $ do RNs start out at?

  1. 0 I'm thinking about being an RN due to the shortage of them. Was wondering how much money they start at. Thanks
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  3. Visit  RNin07 profile page
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    It really varies across the US. East and West coast make more money per hour than the Midwest, but cost of living expenses are much higher also. For example- in Missouri a new RN grad typically starts at $ 17 per hr. This is a low figure in part because cost of living is comparatively low there. A good place to look up salaries is salary.com, you can do it by entering the type of nursing position and the location. Hope this helps you.
  4. Visit  hypnotic_nurse profile page
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    You probably won't get rich but you can live on what you make.
  5. Visit  chad75 profile page
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    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.)
  6. Visit  LT Dave profile page
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    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.)
    You can do very well depending where you work. Keep away from poor county and Catholic hospitals. Get specialized in ANYTHING but floor nursing. Out here in S. Florida people make about $40 an hour. With all the differential, and no over time, I am bringing home about $80K this year. Good luck.
  7. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Quote from LT Dave
    You can do very well depending where you work. Keep away from poor county and Catholic hospitals. Get specialized in ANYTHING but floor nursing. Out here in S. Florida people make about $40 an hour. With all the differential, and no over time, I am bringing home about $80K this year. Good luck.

    Very impressive. What speciality are you in? Here in west central Florida we make much less. I'm not sure what new grads start at but I'm thinking about 19 to 20/hr. Differentials are $3.00/hr. on night shift where I work.
  8. Visit  jsn43210 profile page
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    Quote from Doug85
    I'm thinking about being an RN due to the shortage of them. Was wondering how much money they start at. Thanks
    Doug, depends on the area. Check out: salary.com


    Jason
    Last edit by VickyRN on Dec 18, '04 : Reason: Edited out private website in post
  9. Visit  nanali profile page
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    Wow 80k a year? Can I ask what u specialized in, was just wondering?
  10. Visit  MSMCnurse2004 profile page
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    I am a new grad (May 2004) who just accepted a position. The starting pay for me is around 25 per hour with a 15% differential for nights. So my night shifts will make close to 30 per hour. I also applied at other hospitals that range in salary from $19- $28 per hour in my area.

    This will be my first time working. Wish me luck!
    Last edit by MSMCnurse2004 on Dec 18, '04 : Reason: Wrong info
  11. Visit  Harmony213 profile page
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    Why is it that Catholic hospitals pay less?
  12. Visit  Nurse831 profile page
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    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.





    Quote from Doug85
    I'm thinking about being an RN due to the shortage of them. Was wondering how much money they start at. Thanks
  13. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Quote from Harmony213
    Why is it that Catholic hospitals pay less?

    Not true here. We're within a few miles of a Catholic hospital and we've always kept pace with each other, when one rasies, the other one follows.
    There's are large Catholic hospital in the area as well that pays the best wages. I guess it's regional.
  14. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    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.

    I have a rich and full life that includes nursing, but my life doesn't revolve around nursing. My life revolves around my home and family. To each his own. There's millions of nurses and different ways to approach it. The desire to make a decent living is a valid one. But as you state you must go into it wanting to be a nurse as well, because all the stress and demands make it tough. If money is all you want, there's better ways to earn a living, IMO.

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