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Thanks for the info. I looked at the attached payscale and it looks as if it is fairly difficult to make over $25/hr. Is that true? Maybe I'm just spoiled
Hey Erin! Congrats to your husband and family on his retirement from the military!! I'm getting ready to move to the Ann Arbor area myself, and have been doing alot of online research, maybe I can help you with some links I've found re the "U".
If you looked carefully at the contact of wages that Kris posted, you'll see that was from the last (I don't think current) contract that began in 2001. That link goes into detail about the clinical ladder, and gives a pretty good idea of how they advance nurses.
Here's another link-- more simplified, from Aug '04.
As you see, it looks like they pay those with more experience at high end--28.35/hr.
BUT here's a link to the salary/wage contract they are currently (or just finished) working on. Actually, it's still listed as "tentative" so who knows if it's just not been updated yet, or if the university and the union are at a standstill? I beleive someone (maybe Kris-- not sure) told me yesterday on another thread that the contract has been agreed upon, so there could as yet be changes to this union website-- Anyway, take a look down the contract, they certainly are planning on taking care of the nurses who advance along the clinical ladder, much better than Florida, at least! I just hope the clinical ladder is realistic and achievable.
I was just going to say that the benefits are awesome, but I'll bet with your husband being military, you're pretty well set in that dept.
I have had nothing but time on my hands the past few days. LOL! But I am doing as much research on the area as I can. And Kris wasn't joking when she told you about the high cost of living up there. But there are some really, really pretty suburban and country areas that wouldnt be too much of a commute for me. I'm willing to sacrifice a little to get the change of seasons, though!
For a city-to city comparison try this website:
Best of luck to you, Erin!