New Grad Pay!! - page 4

I know the 'Nursing Pay' discussion has had the CRAP beat out of it, but this thread is directed to those NEW GRADS that have just accepted their FIRST nursing job with ONLY SCHOOL-RELATED EXPERIENCE... Read More

  1. by   crp2000
    Thanks again for all replies!!

    From what i've been reading, pay fluctuates substantially from state to state. California seems to pay the most, but of course the cost-of-living is much higher. Also the Milwaukee, WI area is looking quite nice (MY HOME TOWN!!!). Doesn't look like Philly is too bad either.

    Assuming pay will continue to rise due to the nursing shortage and various cost-of-living factors, I may be doing quite well by the time my scheduled graduation date rolls around (Fall of 2005)!!!

    Please keep the replies coming!

    Thanks!!
  2. by   vettech
    Originally posted by crp2000
    Thanks again for all replies!!

    From what i've been reading, pay fluctuates substantially from state to state. California seems to pay the most, but of course the cost-of-living is much higher. Also the Milwaukee, WI area is looking quite nice (MY HOME TOWN!!!). Doesn't look like Philly is too bad either.

    Assuming pay will continue to rise due to the nursing shortage and various cost-of-living factors, I may be doing quite well by the time my scheduled graduation date rolls around (Fall of 2005)!!!

    Please keep the replies coming!

    Thanks!!
    Houston pay is pretty good, esp when cost of living is calculated in (CoL Index = 95.4). Harris County Hospital District (Ben Taub, LBJ, etc) lists its starting pay as $20.60/hr or $21.63/hr, shift diffs are not listed. This next is third hand info (friend of a friend), The Women's Hospital of Texas starts at $22/hr. I have a client who graduated in May 2002 and is working at Memorial Hermann and told me they started her at $22 but she's expecting a raise soon, but she didn't specify how much or why.

    Incidentally, for the trauma junkie, Ben Taub and Herman have really kick butt trauma centers. Herman is where the LifeFlight choppers go. Ben Taub is the default hospital for GSWs.
  3. by   LadyT_RN
    I am a new grad in Los Angeles CA, I graduated in Sept of 2002, I opted to work at a county of Los Angeles facility because they have the best benifits and starting pay for RN's. As a new grad starting in The ER I started at $27.60 per hour base pay or $4410.63 monthy. There is a $2.55 per hour night time bonus as well as weekend bonuses and a monthly $200.00 extra for working in the ER. Also they allow an extra $668 per month for benifits, (If you have a spouse that already has benifits then that $668 goes on your monthly salarie as well!).

    As I was reading all the other states starting salaries I was shocked and surprised to see the low salaries for RN's, we are the physicians eyes, ears, noses, hands, and mouths while they are out playing golf or fishing!!! There should be a law against paying a RN less than $25 per hour in any state!!!!
  4. by   delirium
    But cost of living in SoCal is outrageous.

    In my interviewing/research process I've found that the average new grad pay for my area is right around $20/hour, with varying differentials.

    Urban/suburban/rural, the pay is all about the same.

    So I'm left with one question: should I commute, and pay extra in gas, to make the same wage?

    On one hand, I'd say yes, to gain the experience at larger hospital centers that would help me command a higher salary (theoretically).

    On the other hand, I'm a sleep whore. Why travel if I can sleep an hour longer?
  5. by   sitterwoman
    The hospital where I am going to start pays $21.70 plus $4 evening or night differential. This is Seattle and it costs about $750 a month for a one bedroom apt. No bonuses are being advertised in this area though.
  6. by   glow_worm
    sitterwoman....

    I am moving to Seattle in June to begin my first nursing job by August (hopefully). I do not yet have a job, but I applied to Harborview. Is this hospital one of your choices? Do you have any advice regarding job seeking there? Have you interviewed yet? I would love to hear from you.
  7. by   EC1234
    1. Bachelor's (graduated 12/03)
    2. $31.68 base (+3.66 PM diff, +5.82 NOC diff)
    I work PMs so my starting rate is $35.38/hr, including a $3,000 sign-on bonus (before taxes). I believe the starting pay is the same regardless of the type of degree that you have.
    3. Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Bay Area in California

    :roll
    Last edit by EC1234 on Apr 6, '03
  8. by   Going80INA55
    I am not a new grad, but know a few.
    One told me she just got hired for tele at 21.55hr, 3.00 hr eve/noc shift diff.
  9. by   xantha31669
    Hello I am graduating in June with an ADN

    Base is 21.00/hr
    weeknight diff starting at 7pm is 25%
    weekend diff (Fri-Sat-Sun night) is 50%

    This is Hartford, Ct
  10. by   OBNurseShelley
    In Kansas City, MIssouri, June 2001 - 16.50 was the base for an RN, they paid a 4/hour night diff, a year later the base was 17.50, now it's 18.50, seems to be going up a 1/year?
  11. by   geekgolightly
    I'll begin working in Houston at a trauma hospital starting a 21.50/hr for floor work and since I will work 36 hrs one week and 48 hrs the next we get 8 hours every other week overtime which means ill make about 50k a year.

    OB nurse shelly, im going to move near lawrence, KS (between lawrence and KC hopefully) as my bf will be finishing school there, in one year. what can a nurse with a year under her belt in neuroscience expect to make in that area? i would like to travel to UMKC med center to work as it has the best trauma center in the area (or so i've heard). is this true? what hospitals would you recommend I look into?

    also how difficult is it to get a job in that area?
  12. by   vettech
    Originally posted by geekgolightly
    I'll begin working in Houston at a trauma hospital starting a 21.50/hr for floor work and since I will work 36 hrs one week and 48 hrs the next we get 8 hours every other week overtime which means ill make about 50k a year.

    OB nurse shelly, im going to move near lawrence, KS (between lawrence and KC hopefully) as my bf will be finishing school there, in one year. what can a nurse with a year under her belt in neuroscience expect to make in that area? i would like to travel to UMKC med center to work as it has the best trauma center in the area (or so i've heard). is this true? what hospitals would you recommend I look into?

    also how difficult is it to get a job in that area?
    Mind if I ask what hospital you'll be working for? I'm in the San Jac ADN program now and am currious about what local salries are running.
  13. by   peaceful2100
    I graudated last month (May, 18th). I am making $19.00 an hour base pay I will be starting nights in July so I will be making an additional $3.00 an hour and weekend diff is $4.00 an hour. I am in Kansas City, Missouri and the cost of living is pretty decent. I graduated from a BSN program but at the hospital I am at and MOST of the hospitals here in town they do not pay a difference and that is OK to me.

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