NC Nurse Salary

  1. Greetings and salutations?

    I was curious as to how the salaries of nurses in NC pan out? Are they all the same, or does it vary by location, speciality, etc.?

    Thanks!
    Steph
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   vivere
    Actually, it depends on the hours you are willing to work more than anything. If you can find a weekend option position, working two shifts a week, you can make 40 hours pay, and if you work at night, you can add another five dollars an hour. I generally make close to six figures.....I do make a bit more for being in ICU.
  4. by   Aneroo
    It depends on location and facility. I took a $3/hr pay cut when moving across the state. I make just as much now working for local govt. My husband works ICU and makes as much as I do.
  5. by   ellabella
    I'd like to poll everyone for the starting salary and where across NC...

    are there differentials for BSN vs ADN???
    Sign on bonus?
    Tuition reimbursement?

    Thanks!
  6. by   Aneroo
    Quote from ellabella
    I'd like to poll everyone for the starting salary and where across NC...

    are there differentials for BSN vs ADN???
    Sign on bonus?
    Tuition reimbursement?

    Thanks!
    If there is a pay difference between ADN and BSN it isn't a big one so long as you're talking about bedside nursing. BSN nurses are more likely to get admin/mgt jobs though (just because of the education), so that would cause a pay difference.
    Sign on bonus and tuition reimbursement vary from place to place. One part of the state doesn't have better things than anyone else (except for a hospital near the coast that used to offer $15,000 to BSN graduates for two years work).
  7. by   ello7
    I recently moved from Ohio to NC and I just got hired into CMC-main. With a little over a years experience and an associates degree in nursing, I'm starting off at $21 with a $6,000 sign on bonus to work in the ICU.

    Unfortunately, I'll be making about $5 an hour less than what I did in Ohio... but what can you do?:uhoh21:


    Quote from ellabella
    I'd like to poll everyone for the starting salary and where across NC...

    are there differentials for BSN vs ADN???
    Sign on bonus?
    Tuition reimbursement?

    Thanks!
  8. by   LovelyRN, BSN
    I started at $18/hr as a new grad with a BSN in New Bern and got the $15K as sign on bonus in exchange for working 2 years. Also there were two other large sign on bonuses offered to BSN nurses in hospital that were not offering the same to ADN nurses. But I was getting paid the same as the ADN nurses starting with me.
  9. by   Aneroo
    Quote from LovelyRN, BSN
    I started at $18/hr as a new grad with a BSN in New Bern and got the $15K as sign on bonus in exchange for working 2 years. Also there were two other large sign on bonuses offered to BSN nurses in hospital that were not offering the same to ADN nurses. But I was getting paid the same as the ADN nurses starting with me.
    I just want to add, that sucks big time! LOL I had several friends who did the sign on bonus there, and I called about it and didn't qualify since I did the ADN route. Same skills, but whatever...debate for a different time.
  10. by   barefootlady
    I think sign on bonus can be a trap at some facilities. It may suck that they make such a difference between the two degrees but it may be a good thing in the end.
    Just a thought from a older nurse who fell for a sign on bonus once.
  11. by   altomga
    Quote from barefootlady
    I think sign on bonus can be a trap at some facilities. It may suck that they make such a difference between the two degrees but it may be a good thing in the end.
    Just a thought from a older nurse who fell for a sign on bonus once.
    Not only can they be a trap, but it isn't fair (in my opinion) to those loyal employees that have dedicated their career to one place. What is the incentive to stay if you salary trickles up and those new people come in with "experience" pay and sign on bonuses; and relocation assistance. allow these individuals to "climb the clinical ladder" and you will find them making more than some people that have been there for years.

    I have been at a facility for >10yrs and there are new grads and "exp" nurses with 1yr coming in not that far under salary from me...and yes..I have had promotions..and climb the ladder for extra pay...


    Not on a soap box..just stating an opinion
  12. by   dreamon
    If the hospital needs nurses badly enough to offer a bonus, the new nurses should be a welcome addition to the staff, making it easier on everyone.

    Either way, anyone who is considering a hospital with all these perks should look very closely at what the are signing up for.
  13. by   Aneroo
    Quote from dreamon
    If the hospital needs nurses badly enough to offer a bonus, the new nurses should be a welcome addition to the staff, making it easier on everyone.

    Either way, anyone who is considering a hospital with all these perks should look very closely at what the are signing up for.
    It doesn't make it easier. The new nurses come in, do their two years, and most of them dislike it so much they leave as soon as they can. I had several friends who did that "scholarship" and bailed as soon as they could! It's a quick fix for an existing problem. It's a waste of time- you are constantly hiring and training people to do the same job. Focus on the people already there and being loyal, and put a little more focus on retention instead of recruitment!
    It is a hospital in a military setting, so I sure that significantly increase the turnover rate for staff. I know several other people with their ADN who work there, and seem pretty loyal to the program. The $15,000 for two years seems like such a waste that could be better used. Just sayin'
  14. by   WantAccel.BSN
    Quote from vivere
    Actually, it depends on the hours you are willing to work more than anything. If you can find a weekend option position, working two shifts a week, you can make 40 hours pay, and if you work at night, you can add another five dollars an hour. I generally make close to six figures.....I do make a bit more for being in ICU.
    Would you share what hospital you are at, or at least what area of NC?
    Thanks!

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