$18.00 an hour?
I earned more than that as a newbie xray tech.
I earned $28/hr to start with CT/xray/4 years experience (in Florida).
...and I was offered $19/hr to 'shoot' basic routine xrays at an ortho CLINIC (in San Antonio).
(the pay in Texas and Florida are the same...but the COL is nastier in Florida, go figure)
God knows why we're paid so much, while these poor grunt-worker CNAs - who do MORE work, by far - are paid the equiv of pesos and lint.
I'm currently attempting to transition into a PCT-position w/in a hospital but for now I'm a nursing home.
I'd given myself a little self-talk before rec'vg my first check...but, I was 19 yrs old the last time I saw $9.50/hr.
I swear, I rec'vd more money on unemployment after leaving the military!
If I didn't value the experience of being CNA and kinda like my job I'd say, "...the hell with this' and go back to 'shooting' (xrays).
Forgot to mention that my aunt (who is a RN in a psych unit) makes a pretty penny. She's no newbie. Been at it for 40 years.
...but she just built a 2-story in Sugarland and always drives pretty cars.
So...she is paid rather well.
How much? I do not know. She's always asleep whenever we visit...
Last edit by MedChica on Dec 5, '10