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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   TX_TeleRN
    Quote from alliestar
    I too have a job making about twice as much as a beginning RN. However, I have been working in my field for about 13 years. My career field tends to cut you off at 40 and send you out to pasture. At this point, you're pretty much starting over anyway.
    We all (us over 35) have to realize that even though we are starting a nursing career late in life, we still have to start at the bottom. But the job stability, schedule flexibility, and options for over time are worth it as you get older. Plus, the opportunities to make much more money are available if you are willing to go for that masters.

    I would be open to hearing any stories about career changers late in life and how they dealt with the pay decrease.

    I for one is in a similar boat as you... I was in engineering for 10 years, and got tired of the layoff cycles. So I went into nursing in hopes of more flexibility as my family grows. For me, the best part is that now I only work 3-4 days/wk, and one of my hardest adjustments is the pay decrease. I now make less than when I started engineering 12 yrs ago, and the cost of living is definitely higher now! I opted for loans so that I don't deplete all of my savings, and the key is to watch my spending.

    Any career changes will be hard, but as long as I'm realistic and focus on the positives, the transition will be smoother. :spin:

    Starting from the bottom is expected, and that includes the lower wage. I'm at the low end of D-FW's new nurse pay scale, but I opted for environment (appropriate RN: pts, staff, cleanliness, etc.) and growth potential, instead of choosing a position based on the highest offer. I'm new--I need to learn! so I placed higher values on these 2 criterias over pay. Seasoned nurses told me that I can supplement with OT and work differentials, and after 1-2 yrs under my belt, I can go elsewhere for higher pay, etc., if that's the route I want to take. Ask me again in a couple of years to see if I made the right move!
  2. by   sjt9721
    Quote from TWU_Engr2RN
    Starting from the bottom is expected, and that includes the lower wage. I'm at the low end of D-FW's new nurse pay scale, but I opted for environment (appropriate RN: pts, staff, cleanliness, etc.) and growth potential, instead of choosing a position based on the highest offer. I'm new--I need to learn! so I placed higher values on these 2 criterias over pay. Seasoned nurses told me that I can supplement with OT and work differentials, and after 1-2 yrs under my belt, I can go elsewhere for higher pay, etc., if that's the route I want to take. Ask me again in a couple of years to see if I made the right move!
    Well said! As an experienced nurse, I think you made the right choice!
  3. by   mymomisanurse
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    these are horrible hourly wages for rns' in this area.. i thought it was much more than that...looks like ill be takin a pay cut when i become a rn.....
    you are right. these are horrible wages. i am moving to the fort worth area soon and was quoted $23.50 and this is with 2yrs of nursing experience. i will also be taking a pay cut when i move. i started out at a higher rate as a new grad. texas does not pay their nurses well at all. and they have a higher nurse to patient ratio than cali. so it looks like i will get paid less and have more work to do. needless to say iam not happy about this move.
  4. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from mymomisanurse
    You are right. These are horrible wages. I am moving to the fort worth area soon and was quoted $23.50 and this is with 2yrs of nursing experience. I will also be taking a pay cut when I move. I started out at a higher rate as a new grad. Texas does not pay their nurses well at all. And they have a higher nurse to patient ratio than cali. so it looks like I will get paid less and have more work to do. needless to say Iam not happy about this move.
    The cost of living difference between California and Texas may more than make up the difference though.

    You can still buy a VERY nice house in Texas for $150K.
  5. by   foxyhill21
    That was the exact same salary I was quoted as a new grad for methodist hospital in houston

    Quote from mymomisanurse
    You are right. These are horrible wages. I am moving to the fort worth area soon and was quoted $23.50 and this is with 2yrs of nursing experience. .
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from mymomisanurse
    Texas does not pay their nurses well at all. And they have a higher nurse to patient ratio than cali. so it looks like I will get paid less and have more work to do. needless to say Iam not happy about this move.
    Actually, studies have proven that Texas ranks #1 in the nation for RN wages after cost-of-living adjustments have been made.

    I am a native Californian who lived in that state for 24 years before moving here in late 2005. Most of the nurses that I knew in Cali were either renting apartments, leasing houses, living with family members, or took in roommates to be able to afford to live in certain areas. The nurses who could afford homes typically had spouses who earned a lot more money than them.

    Nurses, in my opinion, are solidly middle-class. However, some nurses have decided to live the upper-class lifestyle, thereby taking on more financial obligations than their earnings can handle. I'm living nicely in this state because I ACT MY WAGE. I live in an 1,800 square foot newer home, not a 5,000 square foot mini mansion. I drive a 2006 Toyota Corolla and 2005 Chevrolet Silverado truck, not a Cadillac Escalade or BMW sportscar.

    Nurses will get into dire trouble if they attempt to live like royalty on their middle incomes.
  7. by   smk1
    Thanks for all of the info, keep it coming! We have kicked around the idea of moving to the dallas fortworth general area (plano, mesquite, arlington etc...) after I graduate and have worked for a year or 2. No idea if we will really do it (all of our family is out west or in north cali, but I am gathering info.
  8. by   Conqueror+
    I am an LPN and I make $32 an hour now through agency in Philadelphia. Will be moving to DFW in '08 after completing RN school. I have found after 14 years and EVERY specialty there is that nuses can make almost as much/as little as they like within reason. I made 65k last year and some friends made 35k. I have an RN friend, a travel nurse who worked a LOCAL contract meaning the housing stipend paid her mortgage for her. With some OT and bonuses she broke 100k in 2006. This was her salary MINUS a monthly mortgage payment. It just depends.
  9. by   mymomisanurse
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Actually, studies have proven that Texas ranks #1 in the nation for RN wages after cost-of-living adjustments have been made.

    I am a native Californian who lived in that state for 24 years before moving here in late 2005. Most of the nurses that I knew in Cali were either renting apartments, leasing houses, living with family members, or took in roommates to be able to afford to live in certain areas. The nurses who could afford homes typically had spouses who earned a lot more money than them.

    Nurses, in my opinion, are solidly middle-class. However, some nurses have decided to live the upper-class lifestyle, thereby taking on more financial obligations than their earnings can handle. I'm living nicely in this state because I ACT MY WAGE. I live in an 1,800 square foot newer home, not a 5,000 square foot mini mansion. I drive a 2006 Toyota Corolla and 2005 Chevrolet Silverado truck, not a Cadillac Escalade or BMW sportscar.

    Nurses will get into dire trouble if they attempt to live like royalty on their middle incomes.
    I still will miss my big paychecks even though the cost of living is suppossedly cheaper. You must have lived in southern cali, because where I live at, even new grad nurses are buying houses. my girlfriend that purchased a house and she is a single parent of 4. The pay here has kept up with the price of houses. since I started working I've received an 8% and a 7% pay raise not including yearly 3% pay raises
    Last edit by mymomisanurse on Sep 25, '07 : Reason: need to add more info
  10. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from mymomisanurse
    I still will miss my big paychecks even though the cost of living is suppossedly cheaper
    The cost of living in Texas is not "supposedly cheaper." It is significantly cheaper, even when one factors in the oppressive ISD property tax.

    My parents sold their 1,100 square foot home (built in 1962) for $435,000 in Southern California. The same home would have cost less than $100,000 in most parts of TX. Is the cost of living cheaper? Heck yes!

    People in my So. Cal hometown are paying $1,500 monthly to rent 1-bedroom apartments. The same apartments rent for $600 to $700 monthly here in TX.

    California pays their nurses significantly more but, unless the nurse lives in a sorry Central Valley town amid the cow dung, the supposedly "good money" and "big paychecks" are typically eroded by the expensive cost of living in that state.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from mymomisanurse
    I still will miss my big paychecks even though the cost of living is suppossedly cheaper. You must have lived in southern cali, because where I live at, even new grad nurses are buying houses. my girlfriend that purchased a house and she is a single parent of 4. The pay here has kept up with the price of houses. since I started working I've received an 8% and a 7% pay raise not including yearly 3% pay raises
    I lived in Southern California for 22 years, more specifically Ventura County.

    I lived in Bakersfield from 2003 to 2005, and was able to purchase a home there as a single female with a moderate income. Back in 2003, my 2-story house cost $145,000. Today, the same home is worth $300,000.

    You cannot compare the Central Valley to NorCal or SoCal. The cost of living is higher in NorCal and SoCal, because those are the places where people wish to live. Many of the Central Valley towns (Delano, Visalia, Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto, Hanford, Tulare) have a certain degree of undesirability, and people tend to move there because they have been priced out of all of the other areas in Cali.
  12. by   mymomisanurse
    I can agree with that. It does suck here in central cali to some degree. My husband has been stationed in lemoore since 1991. I'm originally from baltimore and yes it was a big shock when I came to cali. I was like this is not the california I heard of but it has been my home for the past 10 years. and yes the house prices have gone up and now are going down. Entry level starts at $240,000 for a brand new home. I've seen this area grow from the NO.cal and SO. cal transplants and it has gotten better. yes the property taxes are outrageous in texas, that's what I can't get over. But even with that I am still getting more house for the money. Texas has it advantages. But I will always be a baltimore girl.
  13. by   smk1
    About what could on expect to pay in property taxes in a good neighborhood on a 150k house in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area?

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