2005: The State of Nursing Salaries - page 10

from: advance for nurses survey results: the state of salaries by stephanie m. adamow, erin james & abigail scott what you are making? in our survey, nearly half of the 11,000... Read More

  1. by   MichaelLooney
    I work in Nebraska, make about $18,000 a year, and am told that this is 'competative wages as compaired to other long term care facilities in our area.' The only loss of logic in that statment is that the area they're 'compairing' us to has only ONE other LTC facility.
  2. by   nursecounselor
    Quote from miamiblue
    The salaries in Florida are considerably more - mostly due to the shortage and overtime.
    Salaries in south florida are quite inflated. I live in the central area and nurses are leaving south florida in droves for central and north florida, even though the salary structure is less; the land, real estate costs, taxes, and congestion are much less. Proves that money is a satisfier but not a motivator. I am working within my hospital system to increase RN salaries, provide diff for high skilled areas & education. Together we can do more.
  3. by   MichaelLooney
    Quote from MichaelLooney
    I work in Nebraska, make about $18,000 a year, and am told that this is 'competative wages as compaired to other long term care facilities in our area.' The only loss of logic in that statment is that the area they're 'compairing' us to has only ONE other LTC facility.
    Boy, my math is bad...I make only about $16,000 a year (just barely over $15k, but we'll go with $16k and assume I worked a lot of over time).
    Now, I'm bad with percetages and everything, but after taxes I take home about $450 every two weeks. Now, I pay $275 rent, about $200 utilities, $100 groceries (sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on what's on sale and what we need), $60 for phone bill (includes long distance and internet), $30 at the Farmer's Market (I'm a sucker for freash peaches, sorry), $60 goes into life insurance, $200 into a saving account that we don't touch except in DIRE circumstances...so, by the time we add all that up, we've spent about $825 a month. Now, after taxes, I'm taking home about $900 a month...so we ALWAYS end up taking about $100 out of savings to make sure we're not in the red, so with our other little expenses (other various shower/laundry/cleaning/bathroom/whatever supplies) we only manage to put away $100. If we have to see a doctor, since we don't have health insurance (about $600 a month though the place I work!!!), its $80 each visit (and we NEVER are restricted to one visit...usually have to go BACK agian), so by the end of the year we're BEGGING for that tax money!
    Quite frankly, I'm glad I'm moving...all this stress over finances (as well as a few other things I don't want to go into detail with) is really wearing on me. And the worst of the whole thing is that I'm only getting paid as a CNA b/c I don't 'do a significant amount of Medication Aide responsabilities' (read: 'we don't need you but to pass meds but once in a blue moon you moron!' in one of those 'mobster' voices), which means I'm doing a LOT more physcially demanding work, with not enough help (they keep cutting our staff), in a setting where the administrators sit on their butts, hiding in their offices, and sheak out at the end of the day.
    My real question is this: Why is it the people who do the most demandingly physcial work, get injurered (or are more likely to), and miss more days BECAUSE of injuries, always the ones who get paid the least?
  4. by   LIRN
    I work in Palm Beach County, Florida. I am an RN with 22 years of experience, only the last five as an RN (was an LPN prior to that). I am an MDS Coordinator. My salary is $56000.00 a year. The floor nurses in the LTC/short term rehab facility where I work make $21-$22/hr for RNs (depending on experience) and $18-$19/hr for LPNs. I believe these rates might be slightly lower than some other facilites in Palm Beach County, but not by much. On the east coast of Florida, the farther south you go the higher the salaries get. I work one county south of where I live for this reason.
  5. by   Evonne
    Im a LVN in Northern CA and make 48,000 a year
  6. by   Lany_RNphil
    hi... thats fine.. im a nurse here in the philippines and im planning to work in california .... what hospital are you from? thnx Godbless.
  7. by   coffeedog
    Hi dose any one know which state has less tax requirement and lower housing expense?

    thanks!
  8. by   lossforimagination
    Quote from coffeedog
    Hi dose any one know which state has less tax requirement and lower housing expense?

    thanks!
    Texas has no state income tax and most cities in Texas have reasonable housing costs. Florida has no state income tax, neither does Nevada, but I don't know about housing costs. It should be easy to research. But, usually where there is no state income tax, the sales taxes are usually high.
  9. by   coffeedog
    Quote from lossforimagination
    Texas has no state income tax and most cities in Texas have reasonable housing costs. Florida has no state income tax, neither does Nevada, but I don't know about housing costs. It should be easy to research. But, usually where there is no state income tax, the sales taxes are usually high.
    Thanks! you are so nice!
    can I ask how much is the rental for a small apartment for single in texas?
  10. by   jsteine1
    Quote from coffeedog
    Hi dose any one know which state has less tax requirement and lower housing expense?

    thanks!

    Re: Florida: no income tax, average sales tax. Cost of housing very variable. East coast higher than west. Northern Florida lowest, South Florida high;ie Lauderdale,Miami, Naples, Sarasotas. Tampa and Orlando, moderate.
  11. by   Angie_Baby
    I don't know about Las Vegas, but housing here is very expensive. Apartments seem to be pretty similar to other metro areas around the country ($700-800 for a 2-bedroom), but your standard 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom single family home on a 1/4 acre lot is going to run around $400,000 - and that's if you can find one that inexpensive. In the last three or four years, housing here has skyrocketed.
  12. by   nursecounselor
    Start w/Orlando and go North. No state or city taxes; real estate once your are out of Orlando proper and the big burbs is much less as is traffic and congestion


    Quote from lossforimagination
    Texas has no state income tax and most cities in Texas have reasonable housing costs. Florida has no state income tax, neither does Nevada, but I don't know about housing costs. It should be easy to research. But, usually where there is no state income tax, the sales taxes are usually high.
  13. by   blinky
    I was thinking of going into nursing and was looking up different positions/salaries on salary.com. most seem to be around 55k for staff nurse RN,is this realistic? can any rns comment on this in the detroit michigan area. also i was looking at psychiatric nurse RN and research staff nurse RN, can any one comment on what they do in these fields also what they started out doing to enter this field and what kind of salaries they earned once in this field,benefits,where they work?
    thank you

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