Male Nursing Salaries - page 2

hello, I am a pre-nursing student. I am wondering, what is your guys salaries like, how many hours per week do you work and how much do you make per hour. Do any of you do contract work???? And... Read More

  1. by   Jedi of Zen
    At the hospital I work at, I have heard that the base starting pay for new grads is $18.75/hr (which seems awfully low to me, compared to what I've heard nurses make elsewhere). However, I've also heard that new grads in this same hospital can make $30/hr by working nights and/or weekends.

    I'm hoping to make at least $20/hr right out of school. From all the quotes I always hear about most parts of the country and on this board, I don't think that will be too hard to achieve.

    I think my paticular state (AL) just doesn't pay nurses that well.
  2. by   Jedi of Zen
    Quote from SteveRN21
    You can easily pull 80k+ as an RN commuting to NYC.

    How does that compare, in your opinion, with the cost of living in that area?
  3. by   SteveNNP
    I live in central Jersey (shore) and take the train to work. I also have to pay state income tax in NY and NJ (although I get a break from NJ, since I work in NY)

    The highest-paying facilities within an hour's travel from my house were in the $26-$27/hr days, and $30-32/hr nights range, and I wanted to take advantage of the unionized hospitals and $10,000 tuition reimbursement I was offered in NYC.

    I was also offered, as part of the union contract:
    -no cost health insurance for me and any family members up to 23
    -night differential
    -no mandatory OT
    -no call shifts
    - 4-5 weeks paid vacation.
    - experience differential (up to $29k a year extra for 30 yrs exp)
    - education differential for BSN, MSN, etc.
    - pretax transportation and medical expense accounts.
    - 1 12/hr sick day per month
    - 6 paid holidays a year
    - 4 personal days a year
    - 3 paid educational days a year
    - certification differential (CCRN, RNC, etc)

    These were much better than what I was offered in NJ.

    Rents where I live are in the $800-1k range for a 1 bed. Rents in Manhattan are $1000-1500 for a studio.

    I really have no idea what my standard of living would be on what I'm making now. I am paying for an Ivy grad education out of pocket, paid off all my undergrad loans, and I'm plugging away on my car payment. I've always put every extra cent into decreasing my debts.

    I'm sure you could make a great living where you are in NJ. The reason I work in Manhattan was to work at the largest referral Childrens Hospital in the area, and to have the advantage of tuition reimbursement. There are a lot of great hospitals in OC, such as JSUMC, all of which could provide you with a decent living.
  4. by   Jedi of Zen
    Quote from SteveRN21
    I live in central Jersey (shore) and take the train to work. I also have to pay state income tax in NY and NJ (although I get a break from NJ, since I work in NY)

    The highest-paying facilities within an hour's travel from my house were in the $26-$27/hr days, and $30-32/hr nights range, and I wanted to take advantage of the unionized hospitals and $10,000 tuition reimbursement I was offered in NYC.

    I was also offered, as part of the union contract:
    -no cost health insurance for me and any family members up to 23
    -night differential
    -no mandatory OT
    -no call shifts
    - 4-5 weeks paid vacation.
    - experience differential (up to $29k a year extra for 30 yrs exp)
    - education differential for BSN, MSN, etc.
    - pretax transportation and medical expense accounts.
    - 1 12/hr sick day per month
    - 6 paid holidays a year
    - 4 personal days a year
    - 3 paid educational days a year
    - certification differential (CCRN, RNC, etc)

    These were much better than what I was offered in NJ.

    Rents where I live are in the $800-1k range for a 1 bed. Rents in Manhattan are $1000-1500 for a studio.

    I really have no idea what my standard of living would be on what I'm making now. I am paying for an Ivy grad education out of pocket, paid off all my undergrad loans, and I'm plugging away on my car payment. I've always put every extra cent into decreasing my debts.

    I'm sure you could make a great living where you are in NJ. The reason I work in Manhattan was to work at the largest referral Childrens Hospital in the area, and to have the advantage of tuition reimbursement. There are a lot of great hospitals in OC, such as JSUMC, all of which could provide you with a decent living.

    Good lord. Sounds like they're practically begging you to work for them, as far as benefits go!
  5. by   SteveNNP
    That's the benefit of working in a union hospital....collective bargaining, baby!

    We're in the middle of contract negotiations now... it'll be interesting to see what we get this time around...
  6. by   XIGRIS
    Base pay is $175,000/year plus benefits so around $205,000/year. By the way I work 3 weeks on and one week off with pay.
  7. by   SteveNNP
    Quote from XIGRIS
    Base pay is $175,000/year plus benefits so around $205,000/year. By the way I work 3 weeks on and one week off with pay.
    you lucky CRNAs.... are you in management? or a private surgical center?
  8. by   XIGRIS
    Quote from SteveRN21
    you lucky CRNAs.... are you in management? or a private surgical center?

    just an ordinary OR.
  9. by   DontDoThat
    Where I live starting wage is a little over $40/hr. There is no bonus for having a penis. lol But I'm still glad I have it.
    Last edit by DontDoThat on Apr 25, '08
  10. by   Gauge
    Quote from DontDoThat
    There is no bonus for having a penis. lol But I'm still glad I have it.
    +1!!

    I'm just a nursing student in west TN currently but average pay is between 18-$20 an hour for new grads plus shift diff/weekends of about $2-3 each.
  11. by   DontDoThat
    Quote from Gauge
    +1!!

    I'm just a nursing student in west TN currently but average pay is between 18-$20 an hour for new grads plus shift diff/weekends of about $2-3 each.

    It's true that you'd earn twice as much in California, but you'll also pay twice as much for your house, so it evens out in the end.
  12. by   Guitarman
    Thanks to everyone fpr the responses. I have applied to one nursing program so far (Ocean County Vo Tech). There is a waiting list. Anyone recommend any other decent LPN programs in the Central NJ are?

    The union positions in NYC sound pretty good but I have been commuting to the city for too many years already, but it is an option. After having that long commute for so long a local position is tempting.

    Thanks again.
  13. by   mcubed45
    Quote from sbc8201
    FIXED - "I'm definitely not going into nursing SOLELY for the money". Of course I expect to be compensated. I'm a nice guy - just not THAT NICE!!!!!
    hehe yea don't ever let anyone make you feel bad for wanting to be compensated. nurses provide a vital serivce, go through a heck of a lot of schooling to get there, and damn well better be paid accordingly. it's so disappointing when people try to make nurses feel bad for wanting to be paid more. this does NOT make you any less caring or any less of a nurse. the sad thing is that many nurses actually succumb to this thinking and don't demand what they are due.

    the argument has often been made that the increasing number of male nurses in the workforce has helped the profession because men are typically more agressive when negotiating pay and benefits. that may be true to a degree, but it's the responsibility of ALL nurses to stand up for themselves and demand adequate compensation for their services.




    btw here in hawaii, a staff nurse at a hospital starts at about $30 and goes up to about $40 with 2 years experience. that's before differentials and whatnot. that might seem pretty high but hawaii's got an astronomical cost of living.

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