OP, I worked on the floor and I just transferred to the ICU and I did not get a raise. Instead, I get the opportunity to learn and be taught, while getting paid, how to work in critical care. This is a huge investment on the hospital's part and it really is a privilege and an honor to be entrusted with their critically ill pts. You will be happier if you adjust your attitude about it a little bit...Every RN you bump into is going to have a different pay rate, due to merit raises, how long they have been there, whether they were even eligible for a merit raise at their last evaluation etc. there are lots of factors. My hospital trains new grads in their ICUs and my preceptor happens to be one of those that was hired right out of school and ICU is all she has done. As a med/surg nurse, there have already been lots of knowledge I was able to contribute to her regarding chest tubes, wound care, policies, etc that I dealt with more on my floor. So dont knock floor nurses, if you floated to the floor, chances are they gave you the easiest assignment. Some days get down-right ridiculous,and the tasks, meds, pain meds, phone calls, dealing with family members, coordinating transport for 5 pts to go to different tests and procedures all day, calling the lab on 5 pts all day, contacting the dr on 5 pts all day, can seem overwhelming and humanly impossible to deal with sometimes. What if 3 of those 5 or 4 of those 5 pts were totals, and they also had cdiff, loose BMs all day, needed to be turned q 2, needed to have their feedings held one hr before and after dilantin all day, ripped out their IVs that they absolutely needed because they are on hep gtts, then you have family members calling you 3 or 4 times a shift on them for updates? There is a reason I transferred!