Am I being offered a fair pay? - page 3

by AussiRN

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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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    For the person asking about new grads in Staten Island - I'm in NJ within commuting distance of Staten Island and started at $33/hour as a new grad, in a hospital. I would think given the proximity that Staten Island would be comparable.
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    It's pretty clear what is happening with wages. There is a surplus of nurses; hospitals, agencies, etc. no longer need to lure nurses with high salaries. If you don't take the job, someone else will. Nursing schools are churning out new nurses far faster than jobs are created or older nurses are retiring. Already we're hearing stories about pay cuts, reduced hours, and even terminations of those on higher pay scales. Hospitals can easily fill those jobs with new grads. Get rid of 10 experienced nurses each making $50/hour and replace them with 25 recent grads who are willing to work for $20/hour. When there are 50 to 100 applicants for each position the prospective employee isn't in such a great bargaining position.

    My suggestion is to try to negotiate; it certainly can't hurt and you may end up with a dollar or two more. It's highly unlikely you'll get much more than that. Most large employers have fairly rigid pay scales and use a formula for determining wages. There is often a standard wage for new employees, then you might get $.50/hr more for each year experience up to 5 years, $.25/hr for each additional year up to 10 years, an extra $.50/hr for a BSN or a $1.00 for an MSN, etc., etc. This is not always the case, other employers have their own systems, but it's rarely without fairly strict guidelines. Employers don't want to hear arguments that, "she has less experience but is being paid more", or (even worse) accusations of discrimination. So, they follow a pretty exact equation so there are no charges of preferrential treatment, nepotism, or discrimination.

    I've seen a very definite downward trend in wages over the last 10+ years. With hundreds and hundreds of nursing schools each graduating hundreds of nurses each year there is every reason to expect the trend to continue.
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    Quote from 8jimi8ICURN
    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.
    Be careful with the agencies. A friend of mine got her agency pay direct deposit and only got 2 check stubs. After a year, and making almost $75K she got a 1099 from the agency. This is because they didn't cut any taxes out of her check, she was a contract worker, and she was on the hook for all of her taxes that Apr., Fed, State, and FICA. She had to take out a loan to pay her taxes.
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    Austin is BADLY saturated with new grad nurses so it is very hard for people to get jobs here therefore desperate nurses mean less pay.

    People live in Austin for the beauty not the pay/traffic. Seton Brackenridge pays the most and offers most opportunities for professional growth and pay but is hard to get in and has to open a new hospital.

    Your pay is about the same as a new grad ICU nurse. You can go to Scott and White an hour a way they are in need of ICU nurses.
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    Not sure what a fair rate for that area is but do remember that the US dollar has more buying power than the Australian dollar ( not talking about the exchange rate but the lower costs of goods here ). When I moved here from NZ many years ago my first job paid less than what I was making back home but that smaller amount went a long way.
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    If the pay is fair or not can only be determined by you. If you are satisfied and willing to work for the pay then it is fair.
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    I'm a home hospice nurse in San Antonio and making around 32.00 plus mileage. I'm not sure what they pay in the hospitals but I thought they paid more. We are looking for 2 RN's if you want to move down the road!!
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    I am a brand new nurse in Dallas and that amount is my base pay (I work night shift so actually my pay is $3.50 higher making my hourly salary about $28). My friend is in ICU and she accepted $35 to start in the Dallas area. She has about 5 yrs ICU experience.
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    I have never really focused on the hourly pay rate. For me it is always about getting the shift I want, the unit I want, the travel distance, etc. Three years ago I moved to Alabama and took a big cut in pay, but by the time I factor in the low cost of living, plus I am less than 10 miles from work, I actually end up making the same.
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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...
    G'day, mate! Welcome to America.........and to An!

    Here it has EVERYTHING to do with location, location, location. California is probably the higest paid but it is also the highest cost of living and housing. The market here in the US has been strongly affected by the economy and jobs are tight. With many applicants for the same position the pay/hr will drop.....the whole supply and demand thing.

    Looking at the boards here I would still say that they are lowballing more than just a bit. Historically....HR has a "range" that they can pay of about $5.00 dollars an hour......I would let them know you ahve done your homework and that while your are new to the country......your expereince is worth more than new grad pay.

    Best of Luck !!!!!!


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