TX Hill Country

  1. Heya,
    Any nurses out there working in the TX Hill Country? I'd really like to hear y'all's take on the area.

    I know its definately the prettiest part of the state but what's the nursing environment like (salary compared with the big metros, demand, professional attitudes, etc)?

    I've also read cost of living numbers that show it to be rather expensive compared with the big metros. Are y'all finding the same thing?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Empress
    I live in Austin, TX. I don't what nursing salaries are here, as I'm not an RN yet.

    Do you want to know about Austin? I don't know if you're thinking more closer to San Antonio or else. It is more expensive to live here, especially with the tech boom.
  4. by   Empress
    Originally posted by Empress
    I live in Austin, TX. I don't what nursing salaries are here, as I'm not an RN yet.

    Do you want to know about Austin? I don't know if you're thinking more closer to San Antonio or else. It is more expensive to live here, especially with the tech boom subsequent fall-out.
  5. by   vettech
    Originally posted by Empress
    I live in Austin, TX. I don't what nursing salaries are here, as I'm not an RN yet.

    Do you want to know about Austin? I don't know if you're thinking more closer to San Antonio or else. It is more expensive to live here, especially with the tech boom.
    Yeah, that's what I've read... I'm down here in Houston. Just wondered if nursing salaries are keeping up with it.

    What about some of the outlying areas like Roundrock, Georgetown, etc?
  6. by   Empress
    Housing is cheaper in the closest suburbs but not significantly. You can find something reasonable anywhere really, you just have to look. I would suggest figuring out where you would like to live and then look for a place for over a period of time. The best time to look for a place to rent in Austin is in the spring when the students are leaving.

    Once you get beyond the immediate suburbs it does become cheaper, but the trade-off is living in more rural area and commuting farther.

    Do I need to tell you traffic is a nightmare? And that this area is really bad for seasonal allergy sufferers, you either develop them or they get worse, ugh? Not trying to dissuade, just letting you know some things I wish I had known before moving here.
  7. by   vettech
    Originally posted by Empress
    Housing is cheaper in the closest suburbs but not significantly. You can find something reasonable anywhere really, you just have to look. I would suggest figuring out where you would like to live and then look for a place for over a period of time. The best time to look for a place to rent in Austin is in the spring when the students are leaving.

    Once you get beyond the immediate suburbs it does become cheaper, but the trade-off is living in more rural area and commuting farther.

    Do I need to tell you traffic is a nightmare? And that this area is really bad for seasonal allergy sufferers, you either develop them or they get worse, ugh? Not trying to dissuade, just letting you know some things I wish I had known before moving here.
    As I mentioned above, I'm from Houston... traffic problems? Can't compare... Allergies? Not a sufferer and probably not any worse than here. Weather is about the same but a bit drier (no afternoon summer rains blowing in off the Gulf) and no dodging hurricaines all summer.

    Mostly I'm just trying to get an idea of what the hospitals are like in the area, how pay compares to Houston, etc.
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  9. by   mattsmom81
    Doubt you will find the salaries Houston offers. Houston pays better than the DFW area, and I suspect hill country hospitals pays less than what I see here.

    My aunt is an RN in Fredericksburg...it is a touristy area and people like to live there. Salaries reflect this. She can't make anywhere what she made in the DFW area. But...it's a tradeoff...she loves the area...although it is NOT inexpensive

    Go where your heart tells you to go.

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