Comparing a nurses' salary - page 2

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   nursie_nursie_415
    During my first year as a new grad I made just under $90k working 32hrs/week on the evening shift. My second year I made just under $110k. I live & work in the Bay Area & these types of salaries are why nurses from all over the world are trying to work here. Those out-of-staters who do land jobs here unfortunately do not spend their money in Bay Area communities but instead spend their paychecks in their home towns. California is bankrupt, people! If you want to continue being paid these good salaries, be sure to support your local businesses - these are the people who are our patients/paying clients. I am not against non-Californians being hired in Bay Area hospitals, but it is important to "give back" instead of taking, taking, taking...

    Don't get me wrong - I have so much love for my fellow nurses who fly in from other states regularly for work here in the Bay Area to support their families back home, but my heart aches for my other fellow nurses who can't get jobs. The situation is not helped with all these "nursing schools" pumping our new grads every semester. California, what is happening to us?
  2. by   SE_BSN_RN
    Quote from nursie_nursie_415
    During my first year as a new grad I made just under $90k working 32hrs/week on the evening shift. My second year I made just under $110k. I live & work in the Bay Area & these types of salaries are why nurses from all over the world are trying to work here. Those out-of-staters who do land jobs here unfortunately do not spend their money in Bay Area communities but instead spend their paychecks in their home towns. California is bankrupt, people! If you want to continue being paid these good salaries, be sure to support your local businesses - these are the people who are our patients/paying clients. I am not against non-Californians being hired in Bay Area hospitals, but it is important to "give back" instead of taking, taking, taking...

    Don't get me wrong - I have so much love for my fellow nurses who fly in from other states regularly for work here in the Bay Area to support their families back home, but my heart aches for my other fellow nurses who can't get jobs. The situation is not helped with all these "nursing schools" pumping our new grads every semester. California, what is happening to us?
    Yep. I was born and raised in Cali. Went to nursing school in Santa Clara. I hear ya.
  3. by   Wild Irish LPN
    yikes!.....30 G per year?....I am not boasting but as a new LPN grad in Colorado I am looking at $65,000 per year, and I am not in LTC....I am in corrections nursing, best gig ever....
  4. by   SE_BSN_RN
    Quote from Wild Irish LPN
    yikes!.....30 G per year?....I am not boasting but as a new LPN grad in Colorado I am looking at $65,000 per year, and I am not in LTC....I am in corrections nursing, best gig ever....
    Wow, that's great! I am in CO, too. Interviewed in NoCo for a corrections position. Changed my mind. I made $65K in LTC. Took about a 10K pay cut to do private duty. MUCH less stress!! I really enjoy it.
  5. by   joanna73
    30,000 is extremely low, even for a new grad. Where I live, new grads average 68-80,000 gross. My gross pay at the end of my first year was 85,000. I'm very content with my pay.
  6. by   needshaldol
    Our new grads earn $100K first year. But I happen to live in a very high cost of living area.
  7. by   sil2012
    which state do you live in needshaldol?...100k?..what department does a new grad can make that much?..new grads with an ADN OR BSN?...THANKS FOR SHARING!
  8. by   bubblejet50
    I live in iowa and as a new grad make 41,000/yr. I just have my adn but my pay is comparable to other new grads that are bsn's at hospitals. Low end ive seen new grad rns in clinics being offered $17/hr to new grads in ltc starting at $25/hr. Cost of living here is pretty cheap. I paid $650/mth for a 2bdrm that was nice and not in the bad part of town. I live in a city that has 6 nursing schools so finding a job is hard for the new grad here.
  9. by   kht124
    New grads in my area starts at around 19.80. Pretty low and sad actually. New grads here are also having a hard time finding jobs. Having a job , anywhere, right out of school, is a blessing right now. Only the few and far actually manages to work in the unit "of their dreams".I will most likely move out of state after graduation. Colorado sounds decent, or Florida.
  10. by   whichone'spink
    Quote from nursie_nursie_415
    During my first year as a new grad I made just under $90k working 32hrs/week on the evening shift. My second year I made just under $110k. I live & work in the Bay Area & these types of salaries are why nurses from all over the world are trying to work here. Those out-of-staters who do land jobs here unfortunately do not spend their money in Bay Area communities but instead spend their paychecks in their home towns. California is bankrupt, people! If you want to continue being paid these good salaries, be sure to support your local businesses - these are the people who are our patients/paying clients. I am not against non-Californians being hired in Bay Area hospitals, but it is important to "give back" instead of taking, taking, taking...Don't get me wrong - I have so much love for my fellow nurses who fly in from other states regularly for work here in the Bay Area to support their families back home, but my heart aches for my other fellow nurses who can't get jobs. The situation is not helped with all these "nursing schools" pumping our new grads every semester. California, what is happening to us?
    . Oh, how I'd love to move back to California again, as a nurse this time. It beats the village state I live in now.
  11. by   Vegas7-8
    Where do you live?
  12. by   colesedwards
    You have to factor in cost of living in your area, cost of benefits and commuting costs.

    You can make a lot of money as a nurse-it depends on how much you want to work, climbing the clinical ladder and pursuit of continuing education. As more hospitals strive to achieve magnet status, less ADN and diploma RN's are being hired despite experience in the work place.

    I feel lucky to work about 36 hrs a week (3 shifts a week , I self schedule), work only days unless I want to work nights, every 3rd weekend, some holidays and get about 7 weeks of PTO a year. I average about 50k per year and that is enough. Working per diem, PRN and OT can get you a lot more money but then you have no time to spend it?

    I think nursing is pretty great for time off and flexibilty of time to spend with my family and friends.

    I love not going to work 5 days week!
  13. by   SE_BSN_RN
    Quote from kht124
    New grads in my area starts at around 19.80. Pretty low and sad actually. New grads here are also having a hard time finding jobs. Having a job , anywhere, right out of school, is a blessing right now. Only the few and far actually manages to work in the unit "of their dreams".I will most likely move out of state after graduation. Colorado sounds decent, or Florida.
    Colorado is fairly decent. However, jobs are limited, and few. You'd think we would have a lower unemployment rate, but we don't. It's sad.

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