RN Pay Rates in NC - page 2

by tracyprn

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Hello everyone. I currently live in NJ and am planning on moving to Mooresville NC. I knew that my pay would be lower moving south, but I just got a quote from a hospital $18.60 an hour. I have 9 years critical care... Read More


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    Quote from smileyRn96
    Monster.com has a great cost of living calculator...I move from CT to NC 2 years ago. Monster said I would see an 8% drop in pay with a 6% drop in cost of living. That makes a net 2% loss, which is about right. Although, I live in a nice area with good schools and my house cost about $200,000. This same house would have been over $400,000 in CT, taxes are about 1% annually vs 4% annually in CT. Everything else is the same price or more.
    Also, the insurance stinks here, you pay twice as much in premiums, have larger co-pays, and less coverage When I complain about stuff like that they say things like "It compettitve with the area facilities:angryfire In other words average:angryfire Well, I do not give average nursing nor do I think the facilities expect average care
    You will love the weather here in Raleigh it is great. Despite the benefits being bad. I would recommend a move to this area, great quality of life.
    Almost forgot you want numbers, worked weekend option nights in Ct $36/hr with weekend and night diffs about 42/hr...I work weekend option DAYS here 24/hr plus 8/hr wknd diff about 32hr...about 25% drop, but I went from north to south and nights to days. Plus I still get bennies.


    How many years have you been a nurse? Getting that much here is rare. Very rare and that's one very unfair thing about nursing. Same work load, same units, same or even higher degrees but differential is sometimes 100%.
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    I have been a nurse for 11 years. I know of many people who make more then I do, because they do not need insurance or other benefits and work as contracted staff. They can make like 40+/hr especially if you can work weekend night$$$. There is also travel postions. I do not know how much they make. I here it is very good, plus money for housing. You would have to talk to someone who does that type of thing for more specifics.
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    Quote from owura143
    Imagine sometimes taking 3 patients at a neuro ICU, plus no secretary so one would have to be entering orders , plus no cna to help. Horrible! All this for $19?

    There are hospitals all across the country where ICU nurses have 3 patients and no unit coordinator. We have no CNA in my unit....ever. If your assignment is 3 patients, you can always talk with the charge nurse or house supervisor. You can always refuse report.
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    I would suggest, as another poster stated, to look at the larger hospital systems like UNC, DUKE, Wake Forest, Forsyth Med (Novant Health Group). These are paying new grads ~$20 per hour without diffs. Or look into the VA medical centers at Durham, Salisbury, Fayetteville. The VA is highly competitive in pay, often above what you would get in the public sector.

    I cannot believe that they would offer you that little money with experience.
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    Hello everybody,
    I have a contract with Novant health care and the salary is 20$/h for orientation period (12 weeks) in neuro unit . Does onyone know how much will they pay afterwards?
    Thank you.
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    I think COL is very expensive in NC. Daughter is always c/o high cost of certain foods, like potatoes. Rent, utilities, and school fees are expensive too.
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    Quote from owura143
    They say the cost of living is lower. The truth is that it's really not, unless one was living around time square in ny where accomodation is very high. THe pay down here is horrible and working condiitons too. Imagine sometimes taking 3 patients at a neuro ICU, plus no secretary so one would have to be entering orders , plus no cna to help. Horrible! All this for $19?
    Cost of Living IS lower here in NC....

    From http://inflationdata.com/Inflation/C...Calculator.asp

    "The cost of living in Raleigh is lower than the cost of living in Newark. If you make $100,000.00 in Newark and move to Raleigh, you will only need to make $79,400.46 ($20,599.54 less) to maintain the same buying power."

    I plugged in all cities listed for both NJ and NC and it came down to the same thing every time - NC has a lower cost of living no matter what city you choose.

    For example: My 1300 sq. foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in a suburb of Raleigh, NC cost $116,900. Find THAT anywhere up north. I'm originally from Boston, where the house I grew up in (that was bought in 1994 for roughly $300,000) is again selling for $750,000. I moved to NC from Florida, where the COL has tripled in the past 10 years.

    NC is getting to be a hot spot now too - Raleigh-Durham tops the list as one of the "Best Places to Live" for a number of reasons. Google it yourself.
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    Also -

    New Grad salary at Rex Hospital in Raleigh

    Base: ~ $20 an hour
    Evening Diff: $3.50/hour
    Night Diff: $5.00/hour
    Weekend: $10/hour

    Do the math - A new grad can make up to $35 an hour if he/she works Friday or Saturday nights...not too shabby in a place where you can buy a house for under $150,000.....
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    TNUp2Jen:

    Thanks for the link and the info!
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    Quote from tracyprn
    Hello everyone.

    I currently live in NJ and am planning on moving to Mooresville NC. I knew that my pay would be lower moving south, but I just got a quote from a hospital $18.60 an hour. I have 9 years critical care experience. If anyone could help me get a better idea of what my hourly rate would be with this experience I would be soooo gratefeul. I am having a hard time with hosptials giving me salary ranges. I make $35.00 hour in NJ. I don't want to go much below 30.00/hr to have the same responsibilies at work. PLEASE HELP. We were planning on buying a home this week!!Thanks Tracy
    Hi Tracey
    I wonder which hospital quoted you this?
    I am in England waiting to come to NC and have been offered a job at Northeast medical center in Concord which is east of Mooresville (AROUND 30 MINS). I found there benefits and pay to better than Lake Norman Medical center and I was actually warned off working at LNMC by someone who was a nurse.
    The cost of living is lower in the Charlotte area than Raleigh/Durham.
    As someone else said the cost of living In NC is lower than the US average.
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    Good Luck!
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