Quote from luvnursing2007
I've been given the difficult position of defending salary vs. hourly in a debate! I need more positive information on salary. Can anyone help give me any ammunition on the salary side vs. the other side's hourly?
Salaried positions allow for flexible hours, say you work 36 hours one week and 40 the next week, you get a full paycheck for each week (assuming your pay is based on 40hr/wk). The employer will set the acceptable minimum hours per week (below that, you'll have to use some PTO time). Of course, you could work 44 hours the 3rd week and there's no OT for that . . .
So a salary gives you income stability, no being sent home early if all the patients are discharged or the census is low.
The other flexibility is the schedule you work, you may want to work 10 hours one day and 6 the next, you have flexibility to respond to the various projects, meetings, and other time-sensitive job duties.
In nursing, generally the salaried positions are for managers and those in administrative positions because their job duties require schedule flexibility and a commitment to get projects done in a timely manner (if you're not getting OT, you'll be plenty motivated to get that report finish this week).
I hope this helps,
HollyVK (who's worked plenty of jobs both hourly and salaried)