Nursing pay

  1. I'm in my last semester of RN school. I was just wondering if you guys could tell me what the starting pay is at the Hospitals you work for. I may move to a different state to work and I want to know who pays the most. Thanks
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  3. by   littleangeloutfitters
    Don't come to Texas! $13 - $18 (yes, that's RN!)
    Originally posted by firegirl_27:
    I'm in my last semester of RN school. I was just wondering if you guys could tell me what the starting pay is at the Hospitals you work for. I may move to a different state to work and I want to know who pays the most. Thanks
  4. by   NorthernRN
    I'm practicing in Texas, and I make $22/hr as a Nurse Health Educator. My counterparts in my specialty (OB) make $18-$32/hr in the local hospitals.....

    Don't knock TX off your list too quickly...
  5. by   nrsjo
    Wage scales in wisconsin are "front" loaded, which means that new grads start in the $15/hour range, but it takes years to get beyond that. Stay out of the small community hospitals, they always pay less...

  6. by   purplemania
    Pay is not the only issue. How much does it cost to live in that community, travel back to see relatives, etc. Sometimes greater pay means they have trouble keeping staff. What is the turnover rate? Average number of years nurses stay there??? I moved to Texas from Tenn and get only $1/hr more here but it is MORE.
  7. by   binky
    I have been a nurse for 18 years....The best thing i have found in to find a base hospital to work for...work miminum hours to keep insurane and benifits and then find staffing agencies and make the big bucks.....right now i am woking for an agency that pays OB murses $38.00/hr.....so if i want something extra I work a couple shifts for the agency and buy it.....It help me pay college tution for 2 boys.....and I don't have to be wore out....binky
  8. by   Nikita
    NY is the highest paying. Right now I make 32/hr. for 12 hour shifts, 3 days a week. New grads are started at 26/hr.
  9. by   oramar
    Originally posted by Nikita:
    NY is the highest paying. Right now I make 32/hr. for 12 hour shifts, 3 days a week. New grads are started at 26/hr.
    This is what we all should be making or close to it anyway.

  10. by   PINKYE1
    Depends on where you live, your experience, area, etc. I'm in corrections (state) and make approx. 5600-5800 monthly. This is for 8 hr. shifts and I'm off Sat/Sun. You couldn't pay me double to work in a hospital again.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Northern California in general pays very well with a corresponding cost of living.Southern California is good too.
    I suggest making the quality of your work life a priority also. Ask about length of orientation, whether there is an education department, what the staffing is like, support services and so on.Find out if they will train you in a specialty (OR is really heading for a shortage). Maybe call the hospital on a weekend. Ask to speak with a nurse on the unit you're interested in.Find out the advantages and disadvantages. With this "shortage" you can shop for the first RN job of your choice.

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  12. by   MarylandRN
    Check out the website www.salary.com . You will be able to get the nursing salaries for any state that you maybe intrested in.. Good Luck
  13. by   JillR
    nrsjo,

    I work in one of those small community hospitals in South Central WI, and I started as a new grad in January at $15.00/hr already recieved one raise and will be getting another soon, By the end of 2001 I will be getting over $17.00/hr. I don't think that is bad. Also no mand OT, payed holidays whether I work them or not, time 1/2 for anything over 8 hrs a day, 2 hrs call in pay.

    But I have to agree that we are an exception.

    Oh and staffing is excellent compared to many places.
  14. by   ccnurse
    Hi. I work in Northern Arkansas and started as a new grad at around $13/hr. I have been there about 16 months and now make around $17/hr with night diff. While this is not great pay in some eyes, I am happy because I love the Ozarks and the people, the cost of living is cheap, and living somewhere good to raise kids is a must. Don't settle for the highest paying place without checking the area out. I gave up money to move here, but when your kids or yourself can't go somewhere without worrying about being a victim of crime, it may not be worth all that money. You can't put a price on peace of mind.

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