Nurse Pay

  1. I am considering a career in nursing and have heard both good and bad. However, one thing I dont know is what the pay is like, for say an RN.

    At 1-3 yrs. my research shows $40K

    At 4-7 yrs. my research shows $40-55K

    At 7+ yrs is $55K -$85K.

    How accurate is this. Take into account an area like Columbus, Ohio.

    Thanks for any feedback, this would be a great help.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Could actually be even higher, depending on shift and specialty.
  4. by   Ahhphoey
    I think the pay for the 7+ years may be a little inaccurate, but like the last poster stated, it will vary with specialty. Also, agency, float pool and travel nurses will make more, depending on how much they are willing to work. I live in VA and wish I made $40,000 per year. . Then again, I only work six days per two week pay period, would be burnt out if I did much more than that.
  5. by   orrnlori
    The pay is all over the place. It just depends on where to live, what specialty you work in, what hours you are willing to put up with, what benefits you are willing to forgo, what your level of education is. I would recommend you look into it in the area where you want to practice and keep in mind the cost of living in that area. 85,000/yr+ sounds great but if single family homes in that area are 650,000 and up, then it's not such a good deal.
  6. by   LT Dave
    It depends were you live. Here in Miami there are lots of jobs. Once you have experience you can make a lot of $$$$. in the 40,000s to start. Most of my friends are closer to $100,000./yr. Even in Miami it damn good.
  7. by   Kingbandit
    I will be graduating in June and have already accepted a job paying $42,000/yr in Columbus, Ohio

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