Am I being offered a fair pay? - page 3

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... Read More

  1. by   jeannepaul
    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!!
  2. by   RNjan2012
    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.
  3. by   applewhitern
    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.
  4. by   Esme12
    Quote from AussiRN
    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....

    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 !!!!!!
  5. by   42pines
    Austin is expensive. Your pay ought to be $28-34/hour.

    But there is a glut of nurses, and pay scales have been dropping....
  6. by   logachelle
    To the Hospice Nurse in SA.... Where do you work and do you like it, if you don't mind me asking. I loved the time I worked in Hospice back in Arkansas. I would love to get closer to home (Northwest Arkansas) but I can not afford to take the pay cut. I'm currently working Med Surg in California making $43 an hour. I was making $27 an hour as a house supervisor when I left Arkansas four years ago.
    Last edit by logachelle on Aug 7, '12 : Reason: I wanted it to to go to a specific poster
  7. by   Stephalump
    Wow...that's how much new grads are making in Houston and our cost of living is a quite a bit lower. I'd be really surprised if that was considered a fair rate in Austin.
  8. by   mmc51264
    New grad in NC ~$20 across the board (differentials are varied widely from facility to facility). Not going to complain. I have a job that I love, I like it here. More money would be great, but after being unemployed for 3 years (after losing my job as a teacher-another saturated field) it is enough for us to live comfortably, not extravagantly, take care of our children. I would not move to make more money.
  9. by   CrunchRN
    Too low. Try for more.
  10. by   GitanoRN
    unquestionably, it all depends on the state or facility, in addition, i would do a little research around your area in order to get a better idea of the going rate. having said that, i would nicely decline the offer, but then again i already have a job. wishing you the best in all of your future endeavors...aloha~
  11. by   tothepointeLVN
    Quote from kcmylorn
    I saw this pay down of nursing rates coming 3 years ago and posted up in arms about it. I was flamed and about thrown off the boards here.
    It's not just nurses. For example my husband's company is paying its workers on average $2/hr less than a few years ago. So it's not some evil conspiracy against nurse. Weak economy = less money to go around for everyone.
  12. by   kcmylorn
    I'm not really concerned what other industries are making. I'm just concerned about what is happening to the nurses pay. And over the past 3 years I've seen our pay go down, way down.

    In the 1980's we had nursing union leaders who fought hard to bring nursing pay up from the $12/hr range and it did happen. By the year 2000 my pay had doubled- $28/hr. In 2006, nurses in my area were making $36-38/hr. I was at $37/hr Now all I am offered

    (30yr of hospital bedside nursing) is $29/( and that was to keep the same job I was doing, only a different contracting agency who was out of Florida) Bull crap- That does't even cover my month bills in my state. My property taxes alone are$750/mo and I don't live in some big McMansion.

    A waitress in my area can make $20/hr including tips. And that not at a fancy posh upscale restaurant. I know, My daughter is a waitress. ibet those waitresses in diners make as well if not better given how busy the diners are.

    If we go with the philosophy, well McDonald's only pays their workers Minimum wage, the nurses should take minimum wage and be happy!! This is where this line of thinking is going to get us. And it's already happening

    As long as nurses think so little of what they do and compare themselves to other industries, we will continue to make lower and lower wages. That feeds right into the hands of the corporate healthcare CEO's- their keeping their mega million paydays, don't see any pay decrease on the horizon for them scumbags.
    They are driving down the cost of healthcare by driving down the cost of nursing wages. No one is looking at the top for the cost cuts
    Last edit by sirI on Aug 8, '12
  13. by   rickbar
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    What is fair pay depends upon where you are living and working. I make twice that, but then I'm not in Austin, TX. (For which I am grateful!) Over the years and across the country, I've found that what you make and what you have to pay for housing/utilities/groceries is usually correlated -- the more I've been paid, the more I've had to pay to live. I've also found that most of the hospitals in town pay relatively the same.

    ICU experience is great, but only if you're going to work in an ICU. Home care isn't going to pay more for ICU experience.
    I worked in ICUs for 10 years, ERs for 2. I went into home care and made 100,000 my first year. Year 3, 183,000 and I have the w2 in a frame to prove it. Home care will not pay for your experience, but you sure as hell can put that experience to good use.