Hi...I am a Med Surg nurse with two years experience who may be relocating to Oahu. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of salary I might expect, as well as the job climate. I love my job, am passionate, and will take a step down, but I just want to know what's up. Thanks so much!
Sep 10, '12
I've never seen that kind of pay for a holiday here---where do they pay double-time-and-a-half for a holiday? IME it's time-and-a half. 1.5 times regular pay. There are five holidays per year where premium pay is earned according to HNA contracts---New Year's, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Mainland nursing jobs with a good union routinely have at least 10-12 holidays at, yes, double-time-and-a-half.
It would be nice to know that someone here gets that kind of holiday pay but I'm not sure it's possible in Hawaii.[/QUOTE]
Each hospital has its own union contract. I am 100% certain that my facility's contract agrees to 2 1/2 hourly rate for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Id prefer not to compare contracts, though. Because trust me, our contract is not perfect in many ways.
Likewise, regions of the US are different, because Im familiar with hospitals in more than 3 eastern states and none of those hospitals had 10 or 12 holidays. More like 3 to 5 holidays at 1 and 1/5 times pay. Which mainland union job has 10 or 12 double and a half time holiday pay? IMO, hands-down RN pay in Hawaii is much better than most of the US. I cant speak for urban areas of San Francisco, Texas, or NYC, but a BASE pay of around 50.00/hr for a regular scheduled medsurg nurse with 2 yrs experience is literally unheard of stateside.
California pays higher than most states but still not $50/hr. I was looking at travel nurse jobs to UCLA starting at about $39/hr (and this was in a speciality). Even Mayo Clinic doesnt start that high.
The reality however, is that cost of living in Hawaii makes $50/hr FEEL like $25/hr
Last edit by BandaidBunny on Sep 10, '12