What RNs REALLY earn $$ - page 3

I have been reading that many feel most RNs make about $60,000. a year, or $25-$30/hr. Here are the stats on what nurses really earn from The U.S. Dept of Labor: Earnings Back to Top ... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    Fulltime experienced night RN's in my area...specialty areas like ICU or ER do make about 60-70K. If one can be in charge, or/and have certifications, (CEN, CCRN) that bumps the salary up too.

    With OT most of my coworkers probably do make 100K. As for me, I choose to work less..no OT for me.

    Still not enough $$$ IMO...considering the responsibility and liability we incur.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jun 17, '03
  2. by   mattsmom81
    Sorry...computer glitch or sumpin..double posted and can't delete it...argghh.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jun 17, '03
  3. by   Dplear
    Here in Houston the cost of living is pretty cheap compared to other parts of the country. The average new house price here is about 130,000. that is about 22-2500 square feet. gas is about 1.35 gallon right now. bread costs .99 for a loaf. Milk is about 2.89 a gallon (store brand...just as good) No state income tax. sales tax is 8.25%. Property tax varies....I live in a higher tax area because of the school...onee of the best in the state. I pay an average of 3000/ year house value is about 110,000. resale though is closer to 150,000 for me. Electric costs me an average of 150.00 month, water is about 30 a month and gas is about 25 a month..less in the summer. My garbage pickup is included in homeowners association fees of 225./year. All in all a very affordable place to live...

    Dave
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    The stats are averages.

    Yes, many make more, many make less. That's what determines what is average!

    Individual accounts, and salaries are just that, individual.

    AGAIN, these stats show the averages. It doesn't make sense to dismiss them, just because what YOU MAKE IS NOT "AVERAGE".

    (sigh)....... roll eyes.....
  5. by   Cynthiann
    Originally posted by Dplear
    Here in Houston the cost of living is pretty cheap compared to other parts of the country. The average new house price here is about 130,000. that is about 22-2500 square feet. gas is about 1.35 gallon right now. bread costs .99 for a loaf. Milk is about 2.89 a gallon (store brand...just as good) No state income tax. sales tax is 8.25%. Property tax varies....I live in a higher tax area because of the school...onee of the best in the state. I pay an average of 3000/ year house value is about 110,000. resale though is closer to 150,000 for me. Electric costs me an average of 150.00 month, water is about 30 a month and gas is about 25 a month..less in the summer. My garbage pickup is included in homeowners association fees of 225./year. All in all a very affordable place to live...

    Dave
    That's why I've been thinking of moving to your area for quite awhile. Nurses don't make much here in OK. When I graduate I need to come visit you and where you work - it will be nice to meet other filipinos in the area. Are there many pinoys in the Houston area?

    But at the same time I will once in awhile hear about a nurse here in OKC who make $30/hour or more. I think you have to really know how to negotiate your pay and be ready to leave one place for another if they don't give you the wage you want. My husband knows a nurse who graduated a couple of years ago and is now quitting to go somewhere else that will pay her $30-35/hour, she started out making $18.
  6. by   lilpoo_1
    hogan, what part of the country do you live? Are you in a specialty field of nursing? Wondering how you can make that kind of $$ working only a few days a week! Lucky you! I only work a few days a week here (Wisconsin) and will be lucky if I gross $20,000 this year.
  7. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by angelsuzie
    so what do you meaN?
    nurses earn more or less?
    Well, they may earn more but it might be worth less...cost of living-wise!

    Kris
  8. by   ddtrnbsn
    I made almost $60,000 last year and that was with working many, many hours of OT. I received a whole 2% raise last year and am already on a clinical career ladder. I also receive nothing for acheiving my BSN,
  9. by   live4today
    While I won't discuss what I make annually, I will say that nurses on average do NOT make nearly what they should.
  10. by   Evie
    I am in QLD, Australia.. We just got a 16.3% increase over 3 yrs.. which I think should take grad starting salary to just over $40k.. I don't know if this is great or not - not bad for a grad salary anyway (compared to others) and with shift allowances this will add another few thousand.. In any case, it's better than the $34k that was the grad salary until a cpl mths ago! Because I'm still at uni, I think that anything over $15k is a fortune

    Having said that - I think nurses are worth way more!! And I think I'll be heading overseas after a few years to try & make some good $$
  11. by   mommajoe
    I just hate to hear how teachers complain about making such low salaries. My mom has been a teacher for approximately 20 years and still continues to complain about pay. Hey, my thoughts are why don't you try working all summer long and a whole lot less days off. Don't get me wrong I love what I do and don't want to teach in a public school, but teaching does have benefits as far as time off!!!
  12. by   hogan4736
    Originally posted by lilpoo_1
    hogan, what part of the country do you live? Are you in a specialty field of nursing? Wondering how you can make that kind of $$ working only a few days a week! Lucky you! I only work a few days a week here (Wisconsin) and will be lucky if I gross $20,000 this year.
    I live in Phoenix, and just started a job that offers a Baylor plan (Sat/Sun - 16 hour shifts - work 32, get paid for 40 )

    It's a long term care facility
    I negotiated a salary HARD!
    They offered 25/hour, I ended up w/ 29.50/hour
    I've only ever done ER, this should be good!

    2 weeks paid vacation/year (w/ 251 days off, who can complain?)
    house supervisor
    1 meeting/month on a Thursday

    Good times!
  13. by   lilpoo_1
    hogan, thanks for your reply. Live large!

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