Registered Nurse Salary Purchasing Power Across States - page 2

Whether you are a new grad looking for your first nursing job or an experienced nurse thinking about relocating in search of higher wages, there is much to take into consideration. Salary alone does... Read More

  1. by   VictoriaxB
    This was very informative! I planned to go to grad school for Nurse Anesthesia in Arizona but I wanted to work there for a little bit before applying. It seems like my numbers would be better in Arizona that it would if I stayed where I currently am in South Carolina!
  2. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from tnursegirl
    Hi when you say average salary, do you mean this is the salary of newly qualified nurses in the state or this includes nurses wt experience. Thanks
    This is the average for all RNs. Once the full interactive results are released you will be able to see the salaries by state for age, experience, gender, specialty, degree, license.
  3. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from VictoriaxB
    This was very informative! I planned to go to grad school for Nurse Anesthesia in Arizona but I wanted to work there for a little bit before applying. It seems like my numbers would be better in Arizona that it would if I stayed where I currently am in South Carolina!
    These avarage salaries are for RNs, not APRNs or LPNs/LVNs. You will be able to see those figures in the full results of the survey.
  4. by   KJMonsterNP
    In response to Caliotter3 about the artwork. They are all nice with the exception of the state of New Mexico. We have beautiful mountains, sunsets, other scenary and what they give us is an alien face, hmm.
  5. by   drkshadez
    OK let me get this straight...

    To MAXIMIZE your income potential and job prospects regarding state:

    1) you want LQ to be low to maximize job opportunity
    2) you want RPP to be low to adjust for cost of living
    3) obviously everyone wants taxes low
    4) To maximize income, 1-3 need to be low but you also do not want an income less than 50k....

    That sound about right?
  6. by   drkshadez
    Hang on a second:

    West Virginia's LQ is 1.47? Hospitals across West Virginia are BEGGING for nurses and even including sign on bonuses of up to 10K
  7. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from drkshadez
    OK let me get this straight...

    To MAXIMIZE your income potential and job prospects regarding state:

    1) you want LQ to be low to maximize job opportunity
    2) you want RPP to be low to adjust for cost of living
    3) obviously everyone wants taxes low
    4) To maximize income, 1-3 need to be low but you also do not want an income less than 50k....

    That sound about right?
    A higher location quotient is better because it indicates a higher concentration of employment opportunities in that area when compared to the average concentration.

    This link provides lots of additional graphs and comparisons.
    Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics.
  8. by   Happy85
    This is a really good reference. Im in arizona and make 73k so wander how many years of experience they are basing their data on
  9. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from Happy85
    This is a really good reference. Im in arizona and make 73k so wander how many years of experience they are basing their data on
    The figures here are an average of all RNs in Arizona that responded. The full interactive results will be published very soon. You will then be able to see the average salary for a nurse with your experience, specialty, degree, etc in Arizona.
  10. by   8-ball
    SO we want LQ high, RPP low, and adjusted income high... That's it I'm moving! TN I always knew you didn't pay enough, plus housing here (Nashville) is going up to ridiculous amounts making the average person not able to buy anymore. Thanks for this info.
  11. by   ArrowRN
    Why people eyeing Florida so much? My first year as new nurse in Florida, I made more than the stated average. This is of course with night shift differentials. Even within a State earnings vary widely by location and type/ size of system you work for. Some in Fl barely get over $40000 in first year. So basically this survey says nurses make the same no matter where they go. Before jumping state lines, try crossing county lines within your state before you make that big move.
  12. by   Feelgood RN
    In terms of total salary or "pay" I find it interesting that no one brings up benefits. How much does health care cost? How many have company plans vs personal plans? 401k with / without matching?

    Many people don't count this in their salaries, but I know that my healthcare plan through work pays a lot of money per pay period for covered benefits as well as 401k matching that isn't shown on a paycheck. If I'm getting paid $70/hr in California with absurd taxes and now employer health plan is that better than being paid $40/hr in AZ with a healthplan.
    Food for thought while you look through job options...Also AZ the best!
  13. by   tyvin
    I think we all know that state taxes, federal taxes, health insurance payment, social security taxes, medicaid taxes, etc are going to be deducted from our checks. The more you make the the more they take. In my state; state taxes are high, but we don't pay for many things like the small number of states that have no state tax. When I visited my mother in Wa state I was shocked that she paid for her own garbage pick-up, the fishing license I got my son for salt "and" fresh water fishing was the most outrageous thing I"ve heard of. That's beside the point.

    The point is this is an article where they took a sample from each state of new grad and older nurse salaries and averaged them. So the new grad shouldn't expect to go to one of these states and get the projected salary shown per state. Maybe in 5 to 10 years depending on how this article did their sample size per state and the state itself and of course there's location, location, location. You could live in the same state and in the big cities get $68 per hour and than not 50 miles away in a little town be offered $22 per hour. There are many outliers to this study that the average RN should be able to calculate. Of course you don't get your whole check...I was lucky they only took 33% of mine after I quit doing overtime.

    It is what it is. Now maybe some of you will understand when I get angry how our government spends our money...because it is our money they are spending. Now if we had a system like Sweden where the people acutally trust their tax athourity that would be OK. But we all know WA DC is crooked and the IRS is bull. It's astonishing what we have let this country become.

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