Quote from Groovychick718
Hmm see that's what I've been having a hard time with..my girlfriend who is over in PA just got a new job and her rent including ALL of her utilities is $600 maximum, in a very nice neighborhood... she is going to be making more than me about $5/6 dollars more...So when I hear that my living expenses are going to be in the ballpark of $1000 dollars and that I will be making significantly less than my friend, it makes me kind of think that the cost of living compared to the salary is a little off in OK..No?
You cannot really make a fair comparison of pay rates in these two states.
PA is a northern state known for strong unions, so of course the nursing pay rates are going to be competitive with the cost of living. OK is partly in the South and partly in the Midwest, has no unionized hospitals, and is generally not known for offering competitive nursing pay rates.
It is a regional thing. Most of the states in that region (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.) pay staff nurses terribly and are vehemently against unions due to regional traditions.
You must also realize that OKC is a much smaller city than NYC, but is totally flooded with nursing programs
that churn new nurses into the local job market every few months. When too many nurses are in a local job market, this tends to keep wages low due to oversupply.
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarine University, Oklahoma City University, Central Oklahoma University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Rose State, Redlands, OCCC, Platt, and other schools offer nursing programs that graduate new nurses into the OKC area.