Moving to Tennessee from New Jersey
- 0Jul 21, '10 by lilNJrnCurrently I reside in NJ, my boyfriend got a significant job offer to move to New Johnsonville TN. I have spoken with the recruiter at Vandy (vanderbuilt) in nashville... I was quite surprised to hear that I would be making signicantly less money then what I make in NJ. I currently make 55000 as a new grad with 1 year experience. I was told that I would be making 20 dollars an hour which is almost 15000 less then what I make now per year... WHat I am wondering is there any "northerners" that have made that kind of move and do you find yourself struggling to make money??? What do you think about living around the nashville area... any kind of comments would really help...
If anyone knows of any hospitals in the nashville area that pay better I would really like to know... otherwise agency might be my best choice
- 0Jul 22, '10 by harley0511Hi NJ2TNrn,
Just some info that might help. TN has NO state income tax. That may make up for a little bit of the pay difference. Also, there isn't a lot of 'unionizing' in the south. TN is gorgeous (esp. the further east you go!) and the cost of living can be significantly less than many areas north of us. That pay rate seems to be pretty common across the state, esp for grads/newer nurses. Good luck with your decision & potential move!
- 0Jul 27, '10 by JStyles1i wouldn't say your a new grad with 1 year experience. new grad has become such a bad term lately. say you've been a nurse for a little over a year
as far as the money goes, TN's cost of living is far less than NJ and that should make up the majority of the money difference. I found a $10k raise by moving from east tennessee to west tennessee
- 0Jan 19, '11 by Spirit2L1Take a look at Cookeville, TN. Best pay around I have found is here and the hospital is the BEST job I have ever had and I lived in 5 different states, from NY originally. The benefits are good, the area is beautiful and they have an awesome orientation program, and they even train new grads for the units.