Pay difference rural v urban

  1. Hi y'all! I am beginnig my 2nd year in nursing for the ASN, and have obtained a position as a Nurse Tech part-time as well, to try and be more in the know for when I graduate. After graduation and passing the NCLEX, I will remain at the Nurse Tech location, which has approx 114 beds and no ED designation, for that summer in a residency program, and then one year after that (contract that comes with residency). Where I live, this is the best hospital around, and it is an hour from home. I will be 46 when I graduate and start working on BSN, 48 when I obtain that. I don't have 25 years to build this career, so I am hoping y'all can help me out.

    My 1st yr will be 'local', 2nd year still 'local-ish' 90 miles away but at a rural Level I ED. 3rd yr out I plan to be at a Level I in a city with my BSN....and there's my 3 yrs trauma exp so I can cert out with my CEN.

    I plan to travel nurse a bit, and was wondering if any of you can give me some figures on pay scales in ED (with and without CEN) in rural and urban locales...wherever you live. I realize it isn't cool to talk money, but as I mentioned, I am in a bit of a time crunch.

    I think the Nurse Tech job out here pays 9$/hr. I am assuming if national average for RN is 24/hr, they'll pay approx 20-22. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
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