I'm a new grad with a BSN. I got a job offer and my starting salary is 21/hr not including weekends differential. I really like this job, but i dont think the salary is adequate. Do you think it's a good idea to negotiate my salary and what advice would you give? The job description stated $40,000-50,000 based on experience. I have clinical experience in nursing school
, and that's all. Do they usually pay new grads in the low end? How willing are they to increase your salary? It's a union job, so do all new grads get paid the same?
Apr 27, '07
Personally I would not listen to advice that says you are stuck with a lower end pay. Nurses are in demand and remind them of that when you negoiate your salary. It doesnt matter if its union or not, you still can, I have at union jobs. Union jobs also should pay better then non union jobs since there is mass barganing that can take place. Tell them you would love to work there but you cant live off of 21 an hour and would like them to take you on at 24 an hour, shoot higher then what you really want so when they counter offer you actually get what you wanted. I once told my facility that was always bringing in agency workers that they pay agency more then me and I found that unacceptable since i was a full timer. I told them that I would have to leave and go to agency since my pay was too low unless they could meet me at a higher pay. I also reminded them that they were getting a deal on me even with a pay raise since i was still a good 10 dollars cheaper then agency. My father taught me to always spin it in your employers favor, has never failed me. Its very uncomfortable of course to ask for more money BUT YOU ARE WORTH IT. Work it in your favor. If you are in demand it is foolish not to bargin every penny you can. This is smart business, Nursing as a profession does not do this enough and its sad, nurses are worth twice what they make or more. Good luck!
Last edit by ann945n on Apr 27, '07
Apr 28, '07
I also want to add additional info to my first post. thanks for all the responses, they have been extremely helpful.
My starting salary is $21/hr and i'm from upstate new york. Dont know if anyone's familiar with the area, but the cost of living is affordable. A hospital 4 hours away from where this job offer is pays around the same.
Also, if i do decide to negotiate with them, and they turn down my offer. Would it make me look bad if i still want to work for them? i lack experience in negotiating.
Last edit by big apple on Apr 28, '07