Tell me how you made >$100K or more per year - page 3

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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


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    I make approx 75k a year....in 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.
    livelifeloveRN, Lev <3, MBA2RN, and 1 other like this.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!!

    -DJ
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    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
    fetch, StephMom&RN, DizzyLizzyNurse, and 4 others like this.
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    Cost of living is so relevant that until I know what part of the country someone lives in, knowing how much they make doesn't really mean anything.

    Example: I live in Illinois, (not Chicago)here a good burger is going to cost about $12.
    In California where my cousin lives, a good burger costs $29.

    Same burger, same setting, but different part of the country.
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    Quote from samirish
    Cost of living is so relevant that until I know what part of the country someone lives in, knowing how much they make doesn't really mean anything.

    Example: I live in Illinois, (not Chicago)here a good burger is going to cost about $12.
    In California where my cousin lives, a good burger costs $29.

    Same burger, same setting, but different part of the country.
    *** $29! That must be up north someplace. I was in San Diego in August and had the best burger in my life for $5 at a little road side stand just off I 15 a few miles south of Temecula.
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    All the people here in TX I know that make $100k as a nurse work 5 12's a week. They work a full time and then do 2 days PRN.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** $29! That must be up north someplace. I was in San Diego in August and had the best burger in my life for $5 at a little road side stand just off I 15 a few miles south of Temecula.
    You went to Nessy Burger! Yes, their burgers are legendary.
    C-lion and PMFB-RN like this.


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