Hey just thought I would throw some pay info out there for new grads for st. Louis area. I interviewed this month with SSM St. Joseph Health Center, SSM St. Mary's and I have 2 more interviews this week with St. Lukes and Missouri Baptist Med Center. The starting pay at SSM St. Joe's is $18.25 with a sign on bonus of $5000. Shift diff is different for evenings and nights and weekends and weekend nights. I was told weekend days was $2.00 xtra and weekend nights was $3.00 per hour more. SSM St. Mary's is downtown St. Louis, and they are more desperate for nurses, but I don't think the pay reflects that much. St. Mary's offers 11% nights and 16% weekends of your base pay. Base pay is $18.25. SSM does offer tuition reimbursement and they will pay back your student loans up to $12,000. Benefits will start the day you start. I used to work for SSM before as a Medical Assistant and they paid better than BJC. I was offered a position years ago at BJC and they couldn't touch SSM pay. If you start as a new grad, they only require a 18 month contract, which isn't bad considering that you will get your experience in 1 1/2 years and will be eligible to do travel nursing and make more money. I don't know about you all out there, but I would like to retire in 20 years or sooner and have my house paid off, and be able to travel to other countries on vacation before I end up too old. Nursing to me, isn't just about money...I want to be able to be somewhere, where I will be happy to go into work in the morning. I will post next week what St. Lukes and MOBAP will offer.
According to Salary.com, nurses in St. Louis area should be making minimum of $53,000 and max of $64,000. I am wondering if the $18.25 would be negotiable. I would be happy starting at $20.00. Does anyone know how to go about negotiating base pay? Thanks
ANTONA>>>>>>>Why did you leave St. Lukes? Was it just to travel? What agency are you working for? What did you like about it and what did you not like about it? What floor did you work on? I recently accepted a position there and was kinda wondering from others what to expect. I would like to travel once I get some experience.
Last edit by tigerrose on May 28, '06