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Hi I was wondering if anyone knew the starting or average salary of an RN in the DFW area?... Read More

  1. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from foxyhill21
    Just out of curiosity how much do RN make at the nursing home you work at?
    At my workplace, RNs are started at $23 hourly. At my friend's facility, RNs start at $25 hourly.
  2. by   medsomething
    Actually, when I toured a Ft Worth hospital, I was told that after you pass NCLEX you get bumped to 21 an hour (from 19.50) + there's $3ish an hour more for nights and $4-5 for weekends...Childrens and Cook Childrens both pay more I've heard.

    As a new grad, I expect to work nights (and probably a lot of weekends too) so when you add it up, it's not too shabby.
  3. by   tawillia
    I was very disappointed to discover that after spending $20K on my nursing degree I will only be making $1.50/hr more than I made before nursing school. But, I will have opportunities to make money by picking up extra shifts or doing agency work that I would not have without being a nurse. My department offers bonus pay for nurses that pick up extra shifts.

    Nurse are underpaid, but I think we all knew that going in.
  4. by   NurseLatteDNP
    Quote from medsomething
    Actually, when I toured a Ft Worth hospital, I was told that after you pass NCLEX you get bumped to 21 an hour (from 19.50) + there's $3ish an hour more for nights and $4-5 for weekends...Childrens and Cook Childrens both pay more I've heard.

    As a new grad, I expect to work nights (and probably a lot of weekends too) so when you add it up, it's not too shabby.
    You are right. Childrens has a large shift dif. For nights+weekends they pay $11 more per hour. Baylor does too.
  5. by   carachel2
    Quote from tawillia
    I was very disappointed to discover that after spending $20K on my nursing degree I will only be making $1.50/hr more than I made before nursing school. But, I will have opportunities to make money by picking up extra shifts or doing agency work that I would not have without being a nurse. My department offers bonus pay for nurses that pick up extra shifts.

    Nurse are underpaid, but I think we all knew that going in.

    I disagree that nurses are underpaid. 40-45K is an average salary for most college graduates with a B.S. degree. I won't even get into the ADN discussion.

    Nursing is way more flexible than a LOT of other degrees and within a year or two I predict your salary will go up dramatically after passing the NCLEx and adding in your shift diff,etc.

    Did you not investgate salaries before you went into school ? I have a hard time believing this is such a shocker.
  6. by   jspacegirl
    Quote from carachel2
    I disagree that nurses are underpaid. 40-45K is an average salary for most college graduates with a B.S. degree. .
    Ha, when I graduated with a (non-nursing) BA in 2003, I was praying for a job that would pay at least 30k!! Maybe the job market has changed a lot since then, but I was one of the only people I knew who got a job almost right after graduating, and it paid 24K! After a year and half, I got another job that paid me a whopping $29k. And all the while I worked a part time job waitressing. That's part of the reason I decided to go back to school for nursing. Too much time paying dues to only HOPE to make some kind of money at a job I didn't really like.

    I can understand why some people are disappointed. I too, agree that nurses deserve more than $40-45k. Why should we make as much as the "average" college graduate? There are so many jobs out there that almost anyone can do, regardless of what degree they have. Not so much with nursing.
  7. by   carachel2
    Quote from jspacegirl
    Ha, when I graduated with a (non-nursing) BA in 2003, I was praying for a job that would pay at least 30k!! Maybe the job market has changed a lot since then, but I was one of the only people I knew who got a job almost right after graduating, and it paid 24K! After a year and half, I got another job that paid me a whopping $29k. And all the while I worked a part time job waitressing. That's part of the reason I decided to go back to school for nursing. Too much time paying dues to only HOPE to make some kind of money at a job I didn't really like.

    I can understand why some people are disappointed. I too, agree that nurses deserve more than $40-45k. Why should we make as much as the "average" college graduate? There are so many jobs out there that almost anyone can do, regardless of what degree they have. Not so much with nursing.
    I think we are forgetting about the potential for growth here. It isn't like the salaries are stagnant.......they are stagnant ONLY if you don't learn and grow and keep taking advantage of opportunities. I could EASILY be making 60-70K right now doing any number of things.

    Sure, there *are* jobs at places like Bell Helicopter for people with no degrees. But they are dead end jobs and very volatile. Layoffs happen at the whimsy of whomever has a stronghold in the Senate (Dems vs. Republicans). Jobs like that in manufacturing are disappearing very fast while our jobs and our job market only continues to expand.

    I just don't feed into the "poor us" we are so underpaid feelings for new grads.
  8. by   tawillia
    Quote from carachel2
    I disagree that nurses are underpaid. 40-45K is an average salary for most college graduates with a B.S. degree. I won't even get into the ADN discussion.

    Nursing is way more flexible than a LOT of other degrees and within a year or two I predict your salary will go up dramatically after passing the NCLEx and adding in your shift diff,etc.

    Did you not investgate salaries before you went into school ? I have a hard time believing this is such a shocker.
    Yes I did, hence my statement "nurses are underpaid, but I think we all knew that going in". I stated I was disappointed, not shocked. I decided to go to nursing school inspite of the pay because that is where my passion is. I'm sure this is the case with many others even though we feel we should earn more.
  9. by   nfsaldal
    The hospital I am working at pays 22.85/hr (for new grads) with an evening shift diff of 2.50 (3-7pm) and a 4.50 shift diff between 11pm-7am. Weekend shift diff is $5/hr. If you sign up for a fourth shift in a week you are given a double bonus of an extra $10/hr on top of any overtime. An on-call shift is paid at time and a half regardless if you have 40 hours or not. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy with my hospital and my paychecks!!
  10. by   missdeevah
    nfsaldal, what hospital is this? Is this for medsurge or specialty area?
  11. by   foxyhill21
    I was wondering the same thing... Which hopsital pays time in a half for being on call?

    Quote from missdeevah
    nfsaldal, what hospital is this? Is this for medsurge or specialty area?
  12. by   nepsys
    My wife is going for BS->BSN degree after getting fedup with her computer
    engg job. I am software ebgineer and I make in the range of $90+/hr in CA.
    After 50+K of tution and 1.5 years of hardwork, I don't think she will be
    heppy to know what she will be making when she finally graduates. I know
    it makes no sense to switch from 'high paying' profession to 'low paying'
    profession, but we did it because we were just tired of living seperate or
    getting scared when my assignment will be over !!

    Peace of mind and being together has no price tag. So people, we all have
    have our reasons for quitting a job, swiching a job or moving to a new
    place. All you need is to find your priorities in life.

    Nursing pay is pathetic but I will not rule out the other nenefits that made
    us (me and my wife) to lower our pay scale. I am sure it will be worthwhile.

    Nepsys
  13. by   Kristin_collegemom
    I just graduated and am starting my internship in L&D on Monday. So I do happen to know the salaries for several area hospitals for GN/RN internships:
    Parkland $20.69/h
    Methodist $19.75/h
    Baylor $20.50/h
    Med City $22.85/h

    Shift diff is pretty good at some of the hospitals, and all but Med City have a signing bonus.

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