all the research i've done has told me to expect between 50k-80k as an rn. is this accurate? i know salary will vary depending on where you work, but i'd like to have an idea of what to expect after graduating with a bsn.
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please use "search" and review the several thousand threads on this topic.
the pay varies greatly with where you live, what type of nursing that you do, and what position you hold.
for example, if you work as an office rn in an md's office in rural florida, you may be paid $8-$12 an hour, with limited benefits, but a regular schedule, with holidays and weekends off. most hospitals in florida start new rns at $15 - $20 an hour, with better benefits, but poor conditions and poor schedules.
if you work perdiem in an inner city philadelphia hospital, with some weekend/holiday obligations, very limited benefits, no guaranteed (even though with the shortage, you can get all the hours that you want), you can make $55 an hour. with the attendant headaches of being prn and paying philly and pa taxes.
many manhattan hospitals start new grads with $25 - $30 per hour, decent benefits, but you are dealing with very expensive rent, nyc taxes, and ny state taxes.
md offices pay less (frequently half) than hospitals or ltcs, but the hours are better.
specialties pay better than medsurg. working off shifts (nights) pay better than days.
i personally think that your estimate is high for most areas.