I graduated last year and was started at $18.65 on a tele floor. You might be able to find some hospitals that pay around $19.00 an hour. Not the best paying state. I have worked for two hospitals in Salt Lake. My personal bias is working at a teaching hospital. You will learn a lot more as a new grad. You will have interns asking you what to do. They don't realize that you just graduated and aren't really sure what is going on either. It's pretty cool though.