Tell me how you made >$100K or more per year - page 2

I'm interested in hearing success stories of those who turned their love of taking care of people and found a way to make bank doing it :):twocents:... Read More

  1. by   Orange Tree
    $100,000 is "less" than $50,000 in some cities.
  2. by   eymilin
    Working per diem in a 90+ bed NICU. There are occasional on-call opportunities and plenty of overtime available. I do work a lot (in a row), but am able to take a week off here and there for vacation/travel. It would be very very difficult to make 100K+ as a 1-5 year experienced full time nurse in this southern hospital.
  3. by   kalevra
    Quote from Meep,RN
    I have less than a year in the ER and I'm making $19.5/hr WHAT THE HELL am I doing wrong?!
    Where you live makes a huge difference. Look at the rates in California for a RN. RNs working in the ER for under $25 an hour is just unheard of.
  4. by   lifein08
    That is good. The most I have ever made is 55k per year and I have been a registered nurse since 2004.
  5. by   mattiebeee
    I'm not a nurse but I have an aunt who has been an RN for over 19 years. She told me she makes $120/hr. I'm not sure how many hours she works or what her specialty is though. lol oh and we live in CA
  6. by   nursenotamaid
    I live in the bay area. average hospital nurse pay is 110,000-150,000/year.
  7. by   RNDance
    Quote from Meep,RN
    I have less than a year in the ER and I'm making $19.5/hr WHAT THE HELL am I doing wrong?!
    You're living in a place where the pay scale is low. But I bet you are living in a place where the cost of living is also low.
    The median sale price for a single-family home where I live is close to $600K. I make a little bit more than $100K/yr but it doesn't go far here.
  8. by   NickiLaughs
    I make approx 75k a California, one of the highest parts of the country. I rarely do extras, maybe four or five a year. I think I'm underpaid for the amount of work I do. Anyone who does this for money is making a mistake. I love my job, but all I can manage is a 2 bedroom for me and my family. And I'm broke the second I get my paycheck. Do something else if you're looking for money.
  9. by   Emergency RN
    Doing it by only working 3 x 12 hour shifts per week, with 6 weeks annual vacation (BSN, 26 years exp, nights); but unfortunately live in bleed through the nose (tax and expenses) New York. If I moved to Texas, I would make ~ 43K but actually have a (calculated) 16% increase in my standard of living.

    So it really isn't all just dollars and cents.
  10. by   This Jenn RN
    Im a new grad and on track to make about $100k my first year. I work holidays as Overtime and pick up 3-4 OT shifts per month. The OT is time and a half. Plus weekends are an extra $4 an hour. I could work more OT but 3-4 shift per month is just right. I dont get burned out plus the money is great.
  11. by   Quickbeam
    Correctional nurses in my state make that easily with OT. ICU RNs who work 12 hour shifts and pick up extra handily clear 6 figures in my midwestern state.

    I make 80K at a straight M-F office case mgt job, no OT. I could make more but that is plenty for me.
  12. by   Texan_Gal
    Well you know, one of the best ways to make a solid living in any field is to know what you do best and market yourself with a focus.

    For instance, if you've worked in the EC (Emergency Center) & love doing triage, then you likely have strong assessment skills. Sharpen those skills by working with a larger variety of patients (such as infants, peds, geriatric patients) and then market yourself with these skills. If you apply for a position in another EC, then focus in on those skills during your interview & negotiate your rate of pay.

    Remember, the better you market yourself, the stronger your rate of pay will be, but don't forget to negotiate! Don't be afraid to say, "I'd like X amount because of my strong assessment skills with XYZ populations". Be specific & you'll get what you deserve!!

    PS: I'm telling you this because I've hired nurses based on their ability to sell themselves well & so far, I've not regretted any hiring decisions I've made

    Best of luck to you!!

  13. by   dpiana
    Be a Traveler
    Be a Floater, Work nights,work just weekends if they have a $ incentive
    Become a manager or supervisor
    Become a VP of Nursing or Administration
    Become the CEO
    Become the President