i'm a pediatric nurse with three years experience on an adolescent med/surge unit. i have a two year nursing degree and am a licensed rn.
my husband and i are considering moving to the portland area (from northern virginia) and i'm wondering what nursing salaries are in the area. i can't seem to get any nurse recruiters to tell me over the phone.
any help would be appreciated.
Dec 16, '08
pay here is more or less commensurate with experience, there is also (at least at my facility) a preference for BSN's, I only only one ASN here. In addition I would say the job market in portland is becoming more competitive for nurses, I think OHSU just froze hiring and its been restricted at a few other. The average salary in portland is 51K a year for nurses according to the article I read, so youll probably be close to that. Keep in mind we have a pretty high cost of living here.
Dec 29, '08
Pm me and I will give you more information.
Jan 18, '09
from what i've seen it goes from 30-45 an hour, depending on experience and specialty. but providence health systems just froze any new hiring, and i think that a few other hospitals have too, because of the economy. good luck to you though.
Feb 4, '09
This is suprising because according to a fairly recent publication that took into account the cost of living index, Oregon scored #11 out of all of the states as the best place to work in the US. I know that the pay in Chicago stinks and we have an even higher cost of living. 11% sales tax, and the cheapest house you can buy in a decent low crime neighborhood but is a little tiny box is going for more than a half a million. The only nurses I know in Chicago who are home owners work every single day, double shifts often in hosptials or in LTC.
I heard you can still buy a house for 200K in Portland. A friend of mine found a $30 an hour job in a small town near portland. Sure beats the hell out of Chicago's 24.50 average starting wage (base).