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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... Read More


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    Quote from Teal72
    I'm surprised how little RN's are getting paid. As a medical assistant (9months of schooling) I left and I was making $24 per hour!I became an LVN started off at 29.50 per he and then left making $34 per hr!I started RN job at $45 per hr and that's is kind of low cause the hospital that I worked at starts nurses off at $52 per hr. I live in sacramento California!
    You can't really compare nursing jobs in California to pretty much anywhere else in the country. I live in the South and I have a brand new home on about a one acre lot in a nice neighborhood. My home and lot in CA would be worth about 1 mil., maybe a little more. My house payment is about $1,200.00/mos. If nurses in certain parts of the US were paid as we are here, they would have to live in their car.

    I was hurt over the years with my salary because unlike many of my classmates, I stayed at my jobs for long periods of time. Over 13 yrs, I had 3 jobs, averaging 4+ yrs per job. I started out in 1996 as a new graduate at about $12/hr. I was never good at negotiating when I started a new job, I just took what they offered, so my salary never increased very much each year. The upside of this is that I usually get big fat raises, lol... The last 2 years I have received over 4% for my raise. I think sometimes this is to level the playing field and bring me up to what my fellow nurses are making. Once I was one of several nurses just given a spontaneous raise and we were told it was to bring us up to the competitive rate. I am currently just under 60,000/yr. Where I work now we also get bonuses twice every year, which is very nice.
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    Live in the NE and the cost of living is high.

    Started as a new grad at base pay of $62k with night differential of $5k per year but benefits were not great.

    Moved on to a private hospital where my base hourly rate was about $32 per hour. First year in there, I grossed almost $80k with the night differential.

    Got specialty certification the year after and that added another $2000 per year.

    Union job with great benefits including full tuition reimbursement. Actually one of the lower base pay rates around but best benefits.

    Graduated ASN debt free thanks to earning scholarships in reward for having perfect grades and using my benefits to fully pay for MSN now.

    So, using the education levels available wisely is the key. If I stay a staff RN with the higher degrees, I will get an extra $5000 per year and of course my base rate increases each year due to seniority. But I won't. I'll move away from bedside nursing into advanced practice.

    All in all, I believe nurses of any degree level are underpaid for the insane amount of work we perform and the high levels of stress and responsibility we have. NP starting salaries are terrible! But that's another thread

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    [QUOTE=brian;6864299]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?



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      I am a new graduate nurse waiting to take my boards. While I didn't go into nursing for the money but the fulfillment, I don't think nurses get paid enough. Nurses are responsible for people's lives which is one huge responsibility. Therefore, no, nurses definitely don't make enough money.
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    Here in Florida you have to have a master's degree to teach where I went to school. And clinical instructors had to be enrolled in a master's program if they didn't already have their master's degree.
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    I've been working as an RN here in Southern California since March of this year. I'm set to pull in about 75k this year with night shift diff, and that's with working the first 3 months of the year as an LVN. Of course our cost of living is ridiculous compared to other people's. For instance: Someone here wrote that they pay 700/month mortgage. I'm currently trying to buy a home, and even if I buy a cheaper home I'm looking @ 1500/month. On a side note, it seems all of my coworkers who have worked at my facility for 5-10 years pull in 90-120k. Salaries in Northern California are even higher. My cousin started out @ kaiser making 50/hr. Of course the average home price up north is 600k though.

    I do feel like I am reasonably reimbursed for the work I do.
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    Oh..and I only have an ADN
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    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? Click Like if you enjoyed it. Please share this with friends and post your comments below! Want more nursing cartoons?
    7yrs. experienced RNs in Northern California make ~125K/yr., but can go up to $200K if they do on-calls (extra work). But I do agree that 30K for new grad RN is quite insulting to the profession, guess depends on what type of nursing job & where you live. Our minimum wage here is $8/hr, $10.20 in San Francisco (but cost of living there is among highest in US, next to Manhattan, NY).
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    I've been working as an RN here in Southern California since March of this year. I'm set to pull in about 75k this year with night shift diff, and that's with working the first 3 months of the year as an LVN. Of course our cost of living is ridiculous compared to other people's. For instance: Someone here wrote that they pay 700/month mortgage. I'm currently trying to buy a home, and even if I buy a cheaper home I'm looking @ 1500/month. On a side note, it seems all of my coworkers who have worked at my facility for 5-10 years pull in 90-120k. Salaries in Northern California are even higher. My cousin started out @ kaiser making 50/hr. Of course the average home price up north is 600k though.

    I do feel like I am reasonably reimbursed for the work I do.
    This is pretty much what I was trying to say. I also feel like I'm reasonably reimbursed for the work that I do.

    Feels like nobody considers cost of living these days.
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    Like Nursie Nursie #13, I live in the Bay Area Calif. But although salaries are good, cost of living is very high so it may all be relative. Home sales were not hit hard here and houses sell above asking and are on market 2 wks max in the area I live in. The Bay Area is HUGE so where it is high priced one place, it is not in another. Remember, Google, and FB, Oracle, Apple are here so there is a lot of $ here. That doesn't make it a better place, just more economically secure. Our energy bills are low as we can get by without AC for example and it doesn't snow either.
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    Yea here in iowa housing is cheap. Like I said earlier I pay $655 for my 2bdrm apartment, gas is 3.59 as of this morning, and I can buy a week of groceries for under $100. So my $41k/yr is quite comfortable for my living costs.


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