THE SALARIES IN N.C. ARE VERY LOW COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE. DUKE WANTED TO START ME AT 24 AND CHANGE PER HOUR with 12 years experience in Cardio-Thoracic! COMING FROM LOS ANGELES I WAS WAS FLOORED. WE GET PAID 40 PER HOUR ON AVERAGE. I KNOW THE COST OF LIVING IS LOWER BUT NOT THAT MUCH! Im loving North Carolina but the salaries for nurses are just so low. We deserve more. Duke is a great place but what they pay nurses is shameful and should be on life support. I don't like unions so much but maybe a nurses only union(NOT SEIU) would help
Dec 18, '10
Quote from llg
How does it compare with other hospitals in the area? That's the relevant question -- not how it compares to pay in California.
I recently had interviews at UNC, Rex and Duke. Duke offered me about $4/hr less than UNC and Rex offered me more than UNC did. UNC also had much better night and weekend shift differentials than Duke.
Duke tried to pull the, "Cost of living is sooooo much less here than where you live, that's why pay is less." When I researched it, cost of living in the Raleigh Durham Chappel Hill area was about the same as where I live in the northeast. It varied slightly depending on who's info you use, but the cost of living is very close to the area "up north" where I live now. Duke has a great reputation, but after doing the math, I'd make almsot $10,000 more per year at UNC than Duke. Benefits were similar between the hospitals.
Last edit by ChristopherB on Dec 27, '10
: Reason: fixed typos