Originally posted by P_RN
But now Fergus doesnt have to pay health insurance or as high income tax (do you ? ) Im guessing here.
My first RN job I got paid $232 a MONTH after taxes. (1974)
My next one -Hospital OR -$4.03/hr 1975
Next was $4.00/hr (pay cut to go to Headstart) 1976
Then it was $5.28/hr
I left that one 22 years later making $25.00/hr 1999...so I imagine that $4 in 1976 is about equivalent to what $16/hr now?
The whole point is.....at least for me not the money primarily but what you have to DO for the money and for that...the money isn't enough!
I got 7% raises for every level on the career ladder, so I'd think each degree/experience should at least be equal.
Oh my goodness! (as Shirley Temple use to say as a child movie star) :chuckle Those hourly rates sound atrocious, P_RN! Wow! Have we come a looooooooonnng way or what! :chuckle
I graduated in March 1987 with my AAS degree in Nursing. My first job paid me $11.01/hour on night shift. A few months later, I went to work for a local agency, and my salary jumped to $18.00/hour. Six months out of school, I took my first travel nurse assignment. I went to Hawaii!
The agency paid for my housing, my travel was reimbursed, and I made about $20.00/hour in addition to all that. I have made up to $32.00/hour as a traveler up to the year 1992, add to that the free furnished two bedroom housing that I did not share with anyone but my little girl, free utilities, free basic telephone service (all I had to pay was the long distance bill), free travel reimbursement with each assignment, and other bonuses at times.
My second staff job was at a military hospital. So from the early 1990's until January 1996, my salary ranged from $38,000 to $42,000/annually (that salary varied with my going from a GS-09 to a GS-11 on each job I accepted as a Department of the Army Civilian Nurse (DAC employee). Not bad to me, and I miss that salary soooooooooo much that I am willing to return to nursing to get it! :kiss