Comparing a nurses' salary - page 11

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among Registered Nurses will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. They also report that large metropolitan cities such as... Read More

  1. by   Nursinggal79
    I'm an lpn and i make over 35,000 a yr. I wouldn't start off at a lower salary than i make now. Rn's in hospitals make about 25 or more an hr so how is that only 30,000 a yr?
  2. by   anitalaff
    I'm a new grad RN and I work as an RPN and an RN in the community (depending on level of care required) so my wages are mixed. Also, community work has a reputation for lower pay than hospital work. The situation in my area is that hospitals are eliminating RN positions, and using RPNs and PSWs to do the work (that's another story). It looks as though my annual will be around 50k this year.
  3. by   VegGal
    Quote from Brian
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among Registered Nurses will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. They also report that large metropolitan cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, etc will be hiring the most nursing jobs.

    According to PayScale, new Registered Nurses (RNs) earn between $30,233 - $63,540 per year (2012). That's not bad compared to other professions.

    How do you feel about your salary compared to other professions?
    As a new RN (without a BSN when I first started), but with several years of LVN experience, I started at about 75K based on an hourly wage of 40 hrs/wk, in a suburb of Los Angeles. The cost of housing is very high of course, when compared with a couple other states where I've lived, and state taxes are high as well, so I'm not sure if the extra money makes up for these higher expenses, but I'm grateful for it.

    Friends in other fields of work, for example a tech writer, an engineer and a geologist in my area, all with over 15 years of experience each make between 90K (geologist and engineer) and 115K (tech writer), so I think my wage is fair when considering their years of experience.
    Last edit by VegGal on Dec 9, '16
  4. by   RNOTODAY
    Quote from SL2014
    From what I have seen here in the Phoenix, Arizona area, hospitals start at about 21.00/hr (42K a year) but LTC facilities start RNs at 30ish/hr (60K a year). I personally think that the financial benefit of being a nurse exists in the 12 hour shifts, one could easily pick up a one-twelve per week second job and bring in an extra grand a month...
    Wow that's low... 16 years ago as a GN I started out at $23.67/hr , ( Hospital) but yes I agree with the 12s... if you can do them, it's sooo easy to pick up and make GOOD money, yet STILL have time off during the week .... I love 12s I'll do nothing else.. but I'll admit, if I occasionally pick up an 8 hour shift ? When I leave I feel like a million bucks , and like I worked a half day ������
    Last edit by RNOTODAY on Apr 7
  5. by   RNOTODAY
    Now, 16 years as a RN, 7 years OR experience, minimal- a good amount of OT plus call requirement---I make well over 125k
    and it's never enough!! The more I make the more we need/ spend ( yes I realize this is a whole other issue entirely 😕)
  6. by   RNOTODAY
    But boy have times CHANGED since I was a new grad-- before leaving school, before sitting for Nclex, I had 4 jobs to chose from-- all ICUs, and one in the ICU I absolutely wanted ( neonatal)
    now? Experienced RNs are struggling for jobs, never mind new grads!!! Wow such a contrast!!! I remember thinking nursing was a sure thing, you'd never be without a job... wow
  7. by   RNOTODAY
    Agree,,, 30k? You can make that doing pretty much anything... never would I work for that, it's insulting, even in the Deep South where col is next to nothing, sorry...
  8. by   Raven1994
    Where I'm from new grads earn a median of 53,000 - 58 000 Dollars. Median lifetime salary is 70, 000. The range is usually 53000 - 85 000 per year. Many RNs do earn above 100 000 though (that gives me hope! Lol). I plan to work a few years as an RN, earn a bunch of "extra" credentials, and then apply to masters programs to become an NP
  9. by   soutthpaw
    National safe staffing level laws would have more impact than anything else in improving pay for nursing. IMHO of course. CA has it and is the highest average pay in the nation.
  10. by   VegGal
    Quote from soutthpaw
    National safe staffing level laws would have more impact than anything else in improving pay for nursing. IMHO of course. CA has it and is the highest average pay in the nation.
    I tend to agree, however you'd be surprised how poorly paid some nurses are even out here in CA. I've seen ads for LPN positions where they seem to think that $17 an hour is an "Awesome hourly rate!!!" And I've seen low rates for RNs advertised as well, although not as often as the ones for LVNs.

    Several months ago I interviewed for a LTC RN Supervisor position where the DON commented that my asking rate was too high (I had written "$40/hr, negotiable.") When I asked what amount she had in mind, she said "$19 to $22 or $23"!!! I laughed.

    She called me a couple weeks later and offered me $25, but that was still ridiculously low. If employers think they can get away with paying low wages, they will. I understand that when the cost of living is extremely low, it's OK to pay a little lower, but not $19!! It doesn't matter how low the cost of living is. RNs should not be accepting $19/hr anywhere in North America!!
  11. by   Raven1994
    Quote from VegGal
    She called me a couple weeks later and offered me $25, but that was still ridiculously low. If employers think they can get away with paying low wages, they will. I understand that when the cost of living is extremely low, it's OK to pay a little lower, but not $19!! It doesn't matter how low the cost of living is. RNs should not be accepting $19/hr anywhere in North America!!
    19$ an hour?!?! That's almost insulting for an RN! We go through 4-6 years of intensive university education!

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