How much do Nurses really make? - page 2

Now, I'm not into nursing just for the salary. I'm in this for the long haul, and I want to do this for my career but I've heard from several sources about how much money nurses make. Some say they... Read More

  1. by   Cuezee2
    I'm sorry, I didn't mean anything as an insult, I was merely repeating what my friend told me. Maybe she didn't want me to know how much she actually made. I don't live there, so thank you for correcting me!
    Be well,
  2. by   bnmekiki
    Well I believe that a nurse anesthetist makes a lot of money you need more schooling with critical care experience but they make close to 100k if not more a year.
  3. by   GtownhoyasDC
    Thanks for all of the information folks, whether I gave kudos 2 you posts or not, I did take my time reading all of em....
    I don't expect to get rich, but with the loans i'm going to have to pay back by the time I'm done with nursing school, I do hope to do more than break even!
  4. by   jtmarcy12
    Quote from GtownhoyasDC
    Now, I'm not into nursing just for the salary. I'm in this for the long haul, and I want to do this for my career. But I've heard from several sources about how much money nurses make. Some say they don't make a lot, some say that they do. I'm not expecting to make half what surgeons make in a year, but honestly, how much does an RN make? I wonder how many people perceptions of 'a lot of money' plays into the answers, and I just want the facts...

    If possible, could ya'll list specific fields of nurses salaries, too? Thanx!

    It deepens on what state you are in. In Northern California ( the bay area, etc Oakland, Dublin),etc. But when I lived in Baltimore and I worked at John Hopkins Hospital I made close to $100,000.00 a year. This is on a med-surg floor. If you are ICU you could make more. The southern pay is horrible, along with lots of patients per nurse. Now most hospital are requiring BSN which I have from the beginning. John Hopkins initially required BSN nurses but when the nurse shortage hit I guess sometime in the 90's they would take 2yr Rn's. They still don't let LPN's do floor nursing, they can work in the clinic. Blessing to you!!!
  5. by   jtmarcy12
    Quote from GtownhoyasDC
    Well, do you you know the average pay for nurses in Metro Atlanta, or possibly Ga. in general?

    I have a friend who lives in Atlanta and just started a job for $32.00 plus shift diff. She has been a nuse for over 20 yrs. So that's not too bad for nowl.
  6. by   daveintexas8
    $24.50 to start at my place. I was happy to get it! Texas has no income tax, too. So not bad. I think my place pays a little better, but I think it's around $20-$25 at other hospitals in town.
  7. by   healer54
    I started out @ $5 / hr in 1974 - In central Oregon I now make $39 / at my day job and I take night Recovery call in a postion that I am guaranteed 20 hr / wk at $46/ hr - last year, my gross was $115,000 - no where near a Dr.'s income. But compared to minimum wage a very good wage. I disagree with the nurse that said you should not apologized for caring about the wages. I work with a few nurse that went into nursing just because of the good wages and in the long run they are not very good nurses. A committed nurse works for the caring and giving to others and the wages are a bonus. So I commend you for feeling committment to nursing as a career and something that helps others and provides you with great satisfaction.
  8. by   annette1
    Not sure if you are interested...but R.N.'s in Ontario Canada usually make anywhere from $28 to $ 44 an hour. We have a province wide union that most hospitals and nursing homes don't get paid by your specialty, but by how many hours you have worked.

    RPN's (the equivalent to LPN's) get paid anywhere from about $18/h to $30/h and are doing a lot of skills that were previously reserved for R.N.'s only. RPN's do not have their own union and are often a part of an other union.

    Cool blog!
  9. by   lab1
    It also makes a difference were you nurse. Acute care hospital nurses make more and if you work nights and weekends that also increases your take home pay.
  10. by   Maddie-LPN
    i meant that is an insult to the RN for only making as little as that, when LPN's make 29/hr and RN's make 40/hr here in CT.
  11. by   Rayisa
    A nurse-RN (cousin) told me she made $161k in 2009, working in a Nursing Home & Visiting Nurse Service (NYC area). Not bad for a 2yr degree. Those with Masters degree in Biz r making $10/hr. Go figure! You know Im in an LPN program now.
  12. by   Neuronurse77
    Yes, it definitely matters where you live and who you work for. I am in Texas and starting pay for a floor nurse can range from $20-$28/hr (plus differential pay) depending on the facility. As an office nurse, I think the range is more like $60-$80,000/yr depending on years of experience. Then, not to mention if you get hired as an agency nurse. Those folks are making $35-$40/hr (plus diff) in the hospital. I have heard ppl have made anywhere from $50,000- $110,000 in a year as a bedside nurse (low end is employed at the hospital, high end is an agency nurse in the hospital). Here in Texas, ADN's and BSN's (2 yr v. 4 yr.) don't get paid differently. I know of a APRN/Nurse practitioner who started in the $100,000 range right out of school working in a doc's office. Wish I had info for you in other parts of the country. My only other reference is a nurse I went to school with who started travel nursing in California. He was making $90,000 almost right off the bat as a traveler, then has only gone up from there. Now he's a flight nurse and God knows what he's bringing home
  13. by   jtmarcy12
    Quote from Cuezee2
    I live right outside San Francisco and you should expect at or above $100,000.00 when you are an established RN (meaning you have been in the field for a little while/not a new grad). But the cost of living is crazy high too. I live in Marin, just 20min north of San Francisco, and the AVERAGE house cost is around a million dollars. New grads can make about $80,000.00 starting (plus sign-on benefits if you're lucky). My friend is a nurse practitioner in CT and she only makes like $70,000.00 a year, which is crazy low compared to what nurse practitioners make here ($150,000.00+). If you are a nurse anesthesiologist, you can make over $200,000.00 a year. The bad part is that we get a LOT of traveling nurses here and other nurses from other parts of the country because the San Francisco Bay Area pays higher than any other area in the US. So, if you are a new grad, it's practically impossible to get a job here. Hospitals would much rather pay for a traveling RN than pay to train a new grad. I know several new grads who are still working as CNA's because they can't get jobs. It's sad. I graduate next year and I know my chances of getting a job where I live are very slim.
    I came to the bay area as a travel RN and signed on to permanent staff. The hospitals are not even hiring new grad b/c it's easier to get a traveler because they hit the floor runing ( already trained). So for now it is cheaper in the long run to hire a traveler. Even though the company I worked for(Aces) paid for a rental car, housing and round trip airfare, it is still cheaper to hire a travel RN, because the hospital don't have to pay benefits. Keep your head up the nursing business is cyclical and will rebound again. Best wishes!!!

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