What States Pay the Highest and Lowest Nursing Salaries - page 4

As with any job, salaries for nurses vary greatly from state to state and even city to city within the same state. Below are listed average high and low state salaries by degree based on the results... Read More

  1. by   zzbxdo
    I always see people jumping the ship for California, but understand California is a huge state and the offerings vary greatly by region. Raised in the south bay, went to school in the central valley, worked my BSN career in Socal. You can make 130k in norcal but rent can be 3k+ for a 1br apartment or less than 2 in the east bay. Even a 2/2 in Oakland is going to run you close to 3k. You make a tad less in the central valley but cost of living drops significantly. In southern California you earn about a third less but renting is proportionately high. The rental market is outpacing wage increses quickly, especially in the bay area of course.
    Last edit by zzbxdo on Jun 22, '16
  2. by   lisaanngardner
    I'm moving from Alaska to Kansas. Sounds like I should prepare for a big salary drop
  3. by   Jenlois
    Which part of California would you suggest
  4. by   Danlop9
    You're good peeps!
  5. by   SuccessInProgress
    I didn't see Texas on there either. As a brand new graduate nurse in Texas, right outside of Houston, with only an ADN, I started at 31/hour. Being in an area with a generally low cost of living, the starting salary was great! The benefits are awesome too!
  6. by   Rnwaymack
    I recently moved to Alabama and expected a much lower salary than my salary in Virginia. I was pleasantly surprised that I actually got a decent amount as a raise.
  7. by   glitterjen86
    So awesome! What kind of nurse are you? Is that the type of salary someone in less or nicu could get?
    Quote from NickiLaughs
    California state been pretty good to me. I make about 130k a year, part time. I do 4 8s (32 hours) a week. When you add in vacation time, holiday pay, etc. It's pretty hard to beat. My benefits are good. And some people cringe at cost of living, but bringing home 7k a month allows me to very comfortably afford that 1900/mo mortgage. I'm working on paying off my student loans and cars, hopefully that will be done in the next 5 years and we can live the low stress lifestyle.
  8. by   TeeDotNurse
    Hey any info available from last year's survey for Canada?
  9. by   blue_bug
    Was the entire list posted somewhere?
  10. by   UnicDrgn
    Very surprised WV is not one of the lowest...i started out as brand new RN just over $20.