RN hourly salary in Illinois - page 3

hey guys, I've been an RN for about 7 months now in California. I work at Cedars Sinai who pays really well. ive had an idea of moving to Illinois cause I have alot of cousins over there. i just... Read More

  1. by   KellyLynnRN
    Wow-I never worked as a CNA, but I know many of friends who did and made almost 14/hour doing that. I know for sure you would be making much more closer to Chicago, but then again, the cost of living is much higher here also. Something to consider though if you're willing to make the move.
  2. by   romie
    One of my colleagues is a new grad and making 24.50@ one hospital and 26.40 at another in Chicago. 24-27 seems to be the going rate for Chicago. Remember that most new grads are having a hard time finding jobs and are just glad to have a hospital job.
  3. by   winnieander
    Thanks for the update romie. I thought the new grad hourly rate would be a lot higher in Chicago considering the higher living expenses. Perhaps I'll hold off on moving there after graduation.... ugh.
  4. by   Aurora52
    Why are new grads having a hard time finding jobs?
  5. by   netglow
    Because there is no nursing shortage. There are thousands of nurses who cannot find employment in Illinois, and across the country. Mostly new nurses but experienced ones as well.
  6. by   dudette10
    I had two job offers as a new grad. The base was $26 for both facilities in Chicago, but they had different shift differentials.
  7. by   NICU<3RN
    I am $27 as a new grad RN, registry.
  8. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from Aurora52
    Why are new grads having a hard time finding jobs?

    We recently emerged from a very deep recession.

    Healthcare is not immune to the same hiring jitters that affects every other industry.

    Preceptor/internships, training new grads is much more expensive than hiring a skilled and experienced nurse
  9. by   nadrian85
    Hey I know everyone is worried about finding jobs after school but, every year people also retire. Just dont give up fighting what you have all worked so hard for. I know I wont!!!
  10. by   TeleMeMore
    Cedars Sinai? Lets trade places!!!
  11. by   ad1028
    I work in Chicago and new hires usually start off at 26/hr. This can change depending on the hospital, but most range from 24-28/hr. Hope this helps
  12. by   rjosborn
    It really depends on your experience and the amount you ask for.
    At my hospital, starting nurses usually make $26/hr after their 90-day probation period. I started at $28/hr because I came in with experience.
  13. by   loubet
    Unrelated question, I guess, but I'm wondering if any of you newly hired nurses had to have a hair follicle pre-employment drug screening? I'm just a liiiiiitle worried about how far back that testing goes. Thanks.