Am I being offered a fair pay? - page 2

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Hi :hug: I am a Registered Nurse and have 3 years of ICU experience. At an interview for ICU RN position, I was much appreciated for my ICU experience but I was offered a pay rate of $24.60/hr in Austin, Texas. Is this... Read More


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    I am a new grad nurse, currently unemployed, but our starting pay in central North Carolina is $20.10 with differential for nights and weekends. I'm thinking that doesnt really sound that great anymore. :/
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    I am a new grad and recently started my first job as an RN in Austin, TX. I started at 25/hr but was offered as low as 17/hr. So, I would say that it is a low offer with your experience.
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    Quote from AussiRN
    Hi
    I am a Registered Nurse and have 3 years of ICU experience. At an interview for ICU RN position, I was much appreciated for my ICU experience but I was offered a pay rate of $24.60/hr in Austin, Texas. Is this ridiculously low pay or this is the usual pay rate here . I used to make way more than this but that was in Australia.

    Can you all lovely nursing friends guide me. Should I accept this pay and start or should wait for a better pay. So confused and upset with the pay rate.

    help help help....

    Cheers...
    Sorry to say, that the Austin market is saturated. I left there with 2 years of ICU experience making about 25.71. That is AFTER working my way up from the new grad pay scale of 21.5. If you want to get paid for your skills go to another area. Arizona, where I am now, offered me more than that with less experience than you.

    Austin will always pay you lower because people want to live in that city very badly. Dallas pays considerably more as well. As new grads, i was making 21.5, my friend started a year after me and was offered 25.50 as a new grad at parkland.

    Sorry to say, take your offer, counter offer, or move along. that is the going rate in austin.
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    I am an RN with 17 years of experience, and I only make $27/hr. I work in rural Nebraska, so cost of living is a little lower, but still....seeing all these higher rates makes me question how valued I really am.
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    I think the real important question here is not "Is the pay rate fair?" But rather...

    Do I want to work at the facility? DO I want to live in that city? and Can I live on that pay rate?

    In Florida that rate would be OK for a nurse with 3 years experience, but we don't really pay very well here in the Sunshine state.
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    i received an offer from the regional level 1 trauma center in Columbia, SC, for permanent hire at 20.41/hr. That is WITH 3 years of experience and 2 in specialty. Now then i know the hospital down the road offers 5/hr more, but it isn't a trauma center.

    It just depends on where you are. California offers considerably more. Maybe going agency will get you the rate you want.

    I just accepted an offer for 40/hr here in Tucson, this very morning. Now then it is agency. But my f/t staff position at Uof A is considerably better than i was making when i left austin, and not much of a pay cut from what i was making as a traveler.
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    What about a new grad from Staten Island NY?
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    Sometimes I was offered a fare pay by the pt when I transported them to radiology or something. But I felt guilty taking their money....
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Sometimes I was offered a fare pay by the pt when I transported them to radiology or something. But I felt guilty taking their money....
    bwahahahahahaha....
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    Hola

    I live in Corpus Christi and the prices vary, but that is definitely low pay / you should try to negotiate it. In Corpus Christi, the lowest an RN makes would be $20.00 hr but the highest I have seen was $35.00 hr. My friend who graduated, managed to get a job in ER with no previous experience and is getting $35.00 an hr / no benefits. I would have thought the Austin area would pay more but in Texas, too many graduates are saturating the area particularly in Houston & San Antonio. Overall, low pay considering experience + area +specialty.


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