dibuho wrote: yes of course, compared to dubai, saudi, canada or even there in UK, the salary pay in the US is much greater.. starting regular nurse base pay in california (bay area) without experience new graduate is $40.. and if you work night shift, it's 12% difference, plus overtime? overtime is time and a half, and full time is just 3 times a week and 4 days off.. and if you're an experienced nurse with 5 years, you can be earning $60 per hour without differential
The $40 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area seems about right. In the hospital where I used to work, the starting salary is now about $50/hr. and it tops to over $70/hr. for RNs with more than 25 years of seniority.
I have a nephew who work in Phoenix, Arizona who is earning around $30/hr. The salary is lower compared to the Bay Area but the cost of living in Phoenix is much lower.
Florida RNs earn even less and the working conditions are less than desirable compared to California's. In California, an RN in acute care hospital cannot have more than 5 patients, in other states such a Florida, RNs are typically assigned 6-8 patients. But in Florida, the cost of living is lower. It is "all relative" as they say.
At the risk of sounding too materialistic, but if you are the type of person who wants to earn lots of $$$, California is the place to come. I see many RNs driving luxury cars (Mercedes Benz, BMW, Lexus), able to afford nicer homes and expensive vacations because they get paid handsomely. This is not to say that RNs in other states cannot afford these finer things in life though.
If you are one of the lucky RNs who work or used to work in a government hospital here in the U.S.A. like myself, then you have that "early retirement" privilege and you get to retire in your 50's and get lifetime pension.
The thing nowadays is that there are so many unemployed American nurses desiring for the same U.S. nursing jobs
nurses in the Philippines hope to bag. Sadly, things aren't so rosy right now for Filipino nurses wishing to get hired here in the U.S.A.
Just be patient folks. For how long? I wish I knew.