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best paid state for nursing I am a new grad. I have a list of states that I am considering going to, but I need to find out what the salary ranges are especially for a new grad. I have Hawaii,... Read More

  1. Visit  alohadeb profile page
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    Quote from bashy
    best paid state for nursing

    I am a new grad. I have a list of states that I am considering going to, but I need to find out what the salary ranges are especially for a new grad. I have Hawaii, maryland, newyork, georgia, california and nevada on my mind so far. Is there somewhere that ranks states according to salary for nursing and standard of living. I would like to do a comparison.

    cost of living in Hawaii far surpasses the pay...try elsewhere first.
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  3. Visit  cheyeree profile page
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    Quote from Audreyfay
    Travel to Hawaii and make extra money? I think not! The cost of living is so high there that you will soon find out that the income pays for your living expenses, and not much more. Food, gas, and everything else are very expensive. Color me...been there, done that!
    Its really expensive in HI im married to a Filipino born in HI and im considering working somewhere Utah or Arizona so its true but people over there have LOTS OF ALOHA :wink2:
  4. Visit  gracet84 profile page
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    i'm currently considering va and fl. anyone knows which would be better?
  5. Visit  WindwardOahuRN profile page
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    You have to take into account the cost of living when you review the salary ranges for new grads.
    Hawaii has a very high COL, as does NY.
    If you are used to a high COL then the regions that have high COL's won't phase you.
    If not, prepare to be blown out of the water.
    Travel agencies do not hire new grads (thank God) so that option is totally non-viable.
    Advice? Look for a place where you are going to get a good solid new grad orientation and where you will be able to learn and develop your skills and knowledge.
    The rest will come in time.
  6. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    I have heard nurses on this site state that Florida is one of the lower paying states.
  7. Visit  gracet84 profile page
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    blackcat99, you're right...
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  8. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    Yes, it is not good here in Florida. I have heard that South Carolina is even worse than Florida.
  9. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    Hi gracet84, this is an old thread. I'm curious. Did you ever end up in Virginia or where did you go?
  10. Visit  gracet84 profile page
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    I ended up going to FL. I'm thinking about moving to Houston, TX after my contract with the hospital is over. Where do u live?
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  11. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    Yes, I am in Florida too. I came here despite being warned about the low wages. A friend had bugged me for years to visit her in Florida but I had no desire to do so. However, I thought well it's just for a vacation so no big deal. I fell in love with Florida while on vacation. I hate the low wages but I really do love living in Florida so here I am.
    I love all the bugs,alligators, green trees and crazy people here. I wish you the best of luck in Texas.
  12. Visit  gecko972 profile page
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    I live and work in Albuquerque, New Mexico. New grads at my hospital start at around $32/hour and if you work weekend nights the differential is $8.25/hr. I think it breaks out to $3.50/hr for nights and $4.75/hr for weekends. Some nurses make $40/hr base pay easy and there may even still be a sign on bonus. It was $15-20K for a two year commitment but I'm not sure that is still in effect since nurses are a bit easier to come by now. However, they are still paying us referral bonuses so I guess it's not as easy to find qualified nurses as they make it seem. Our wages may not be as much as Hawaii but our cost of living is so much lower. New Mexico is actually probably one of the best paying states in relation to cost of living. I work with many nurses who used to be travelers but signed on with the hospital several years ago. Now they would like to go home but don't want to give up the money. It's not a bad place to live and get some experience so you can eventually go back to Hawaii. Hawaii will have a shortage again very soon, the current situation cannot last...baby boomers, aging nurses, economic recovery, etc.
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  13. Visit  Ashley2011 profile page
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    Quote from bashy
    best paid state for nursing

    I am a new grad. I have a list of states that I am considering going to, but I need to find out what the salary ranges are especially for a new grad. I have Hawaii, maryland, newyork, georgia, california and nevada on my mind so far. Is there somewhere that ranks states according to salary for nursing and standard of living. I would like to do a comparison.



    I moved from the Jersey shore to Houston, TX... I only make about a $2/hr less and the cost of living is SOOOOO much CHEAPER!! Plus, there is no state income tax here unlike NJ.


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