Utah RN pay, Salt Lake City area - page 2

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Why are the RN salaries lower than other similar sized Western cities? Denver pays more why? Please do not say cost of living, because Intermountain does not take cost of living into consideration when considering salary. Just... Read More


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    Quote from Annamarie_RN
    I am a new grad and I have worked for MountainStar for 6 months. They pay less than IHC. I started st 21.40/hr, IHC starts at 21.80/hr. I also get night/weekend differential. I am also very disappointed with the wages here. I would love to move out of state but my husband would need some convincing. I am tempted to leave the hospital scene and work for a nursing home in hopes for better wages.
    It is a no win situation here, there is no competition, Mountain Star is benefiting from IHC taking a narrow lead on starting nursing salaries it is very close to salaries being manipulated by both hospital systems. This starting salary has been the same since 2008 and I do not see it changing for a while. With the glut of new nursing grads in this area they can keep the salaries the same. From what I have heard nursing benefits and salary increases having been getting slashed for the past 5 years at IHC.

    I was hired and during the nursing orientation I did not hear one thing about a nursing career at intermountain, how to level up pay, how they mentor nurse supervisors or management. Not a packet was giving ,nothing, it was a very cheap one day orientation because the budget has been slashed. This did not impress me at all, how would I consider staying for the long term.

    The attitude of you should be happy you have a job is no excuse. I want to work for an organization that really thinks about the careers of its nurses and retaining them.
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    I will be graduating nursing school on Friday from Salt Lake Community College in Utah. I have been putting feelers out to see who is hiring and what they are paying. The market is currently fairly bleak. I know people who graduated a year ago and still do not have nursing jobs. My hope is that persistence and determination will be enough to get a decent job.
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    To anyone considering up and moving to SLC to start your nursing career...and I emphasize start...don't waste another minute thinking about it.

    I have been looking DESPERATELY for a job for close to a year now. I've been on 2 interviews. One I know I didn't get because of experience and the other one I didn't get because I'm not in the club. The club meaning went to one of the local schools and/or don't know anyone here. As newnurseman mentioned, the outlook here is bleak. I even had a recruiter tell me this face-to-face when I stormed a career fair at UofU (I'm not a student there), just hoping to meet with someone, anyone and this was a lady from Intermountain. I asked her "What does the forecast look like for hiring new grads in the next 6 months?" She just shook her head and said "Not good." Which, of course, makes me wonder what they were doing at a career fair then -- isn't that to try and get people to come work for you?? LOL, yes, I know, there are more than just nurses in a hospital.

    Anyway, back to my original post, I thank God that we are not relying on my salary to get by and that we will be leaving here in 18 months and wherever we wind up has a better job market than here. Sorry this turned into a vent more than helpful advice.
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    Quote from KNMRN83
    I am an RN in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah Hospital and when I moved here last year from Portland, Oregon my hourly wage went from about $34/hr to a little over $22/hr. To say I was shocked is an understatement. My opinion on why nurses get paid so little here is that most of the new graduates in this area have no desire to leave Utah and therefore hospitals know they don't need to entice them with a big salary, they know they can pretty much pay them a little as they want and the nurses will still stay here because they grew up here, have families here, etc. My other opinion on why the hourly wages are so low is that is has to do with the culture here and that vocations such as nursing or teaching are primarily viewed as "women's work" therefore they pay less. I'm not stating that I agree with these opinions, I'm just stating opinions I have formed from working here over the past years and talking with co-workers. The wage here has nothing to do with cost of living, living here isn't that cheap.
    I completely agree and it's troubling to say the least.
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    I worked at an Iasis facility and my starting pay as a new grad was about 23 an hour, before the night shift differential (and I naively thought that was decent because I knew IHC was paying much less for a new grad). I later changed to an outpatient clinic job, but my hours got cut with the economy slow down. I have been looking for another nursing job in utah for the last seven months. I have applied several times to IHC, had a few interviews, but never manage to get the job. I didn't go to nursing school here, but where I moved from salaries were closer to 27 an hour starting for new grads. I agree with many of the previous posts...people aren't looking to move, they don't care enough to demand wage increases because for most it's just a part time job or a second income, and it is deemed as 'woman's work'. Plus, IHC pretty much dominates the whole state so doesn't leave a lot of room for competition, and the ratio of supply of new nurses to demand for nursing jobs is completely off. I've pretty much given up looking here and have started applying out of state, because I think it's hopeless to find a decent paying job here if you have limited experience or contacts at this point in time.
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    Quote from beachbumwannabe
    I worked at an Iasis facility and my starting pay as a new grad was about 23 an hour, before the night shift differential (and I naively thought that was decent because I knew IHC was paying much less for a new grad). I later changed to an outpatient clinic job, but my hours got cut with the economy slow down. I have been looking for another nursing job in utah for the last seven months. I have applied several times to IHC, had a few interviews, but never manage to get the job. I didn't go to nursing school here, but where I moved from salaries were closer to 27 an hour starting for new grads. I agree with many of the previous posts...people aren't looking to move, they don't care enough to demand wage increases because for most it's just a part time job or a second income, and it is deemed as 'woman's work'. Plus, IHC pretty much dominates the whole state so doesn't leave a lot of room for competition, and the ratio of supply of new nurses to demand for nursing jobs is completely off. I've pretty much given up looking here and have started applying out of state, because I think it's hopeless to find a decent paying job here if you have limited experience or contacts at this point in time.

    I am a new grad, Rn with my BSN and I keep getting turned down for jobs b/c I have no experience but idk what I am supposed to do to get experience! I also went to school out of state, where all my old classmates are making $28+ per hour but I am stuck here b/c my husband is military. We were hoping to get to move this year but just found out we will probably be stuck here another 2 years.....just hoping for a nursing job to come along soon, even with the crappy pay! Any advice???
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    If you are definitely stuck here for 2 more years then I would look into non-hospital nursing jobs. Check out home health care, hospice, long term care/SNFs, etc. Also, I know that sometimes eating disorder clinics will take new grads. I also know that you can work at plasma donation centers (not ideal for sure) as a nurse and get some good phlebotomy experience at least, which might transfer to dialysis type stuff or make it easier to transition into that kind of nursing later. I hope those give you some good ideas! Don't give up yet
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    Quote from beachbumwannabe
    If you are definitely stuck here for 2 more years then I would look into non-hospital nursing jobs. Check out home health care, hospice, long term care/SNFs, etc. Also, I know that sometimes eating disorder clinics will take new grads. I also know that you can work at plasma donation centers (not ideal for sure) as a nurse and get some good phlebotomy experience at least, which might transfer to dialysis type stuff or make it easier to transition into that kind of nursing later. I hope those give you some good ideas! Don't give up yet

    Thanks so much for the advice! I plan on going to a bunch of non-hospital facilities this week and actaully talking to people to see what is out ther! Hope I have some good news soon!
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    Hello all. My family and I will be moving to the Salt Lake area in a couple of weeks from the Reno, NV area. My wife got a job at the U of U, so here I go trying to find an RN job. I just graduated in December and have been working at a local hospital for the last 3 months. I luckily landed a job in SLC after about 2 months of searching. The only reason I got the job is because I went knocking on people's doors. Just putting my application in online didn't get me anywhere. So for those of you looking for a job in the area, I suggest going to the place of employment and talking to people in the know, throw yourself out there! Hope this helps.
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    I have lived in Utah my entire life and I am responding to your post.

    I do not believe in any way shape or form that Utahns accept lower nursing salaries because it is "women's work." A statement like that is based on stereotypes and cultural ignorance. Women in Utah are not held back professionally any more than they are in other states. Likewise, for most nurses in Utah their job is NOT "just a part time job or a second income". Seriously??? Nursing is not a flight of fancy for anyone who enters the profession.

    To the best of my knowledge the wages are lower here because the largest chain of hospitals in Utah (IHC) is a not-for-profit organization. The other hospitals and healthcare agencies do base wages on marketplace comparibiliy which.. yes are going to hit up on the IHC salaries since they are the largest health care employer in Utah.

    As for why we accept these lower salaries... Honestly I have felt no need to compare wages against the wages in other states, so on that variable you may be correct. I don't have any intention to move just for a higher salary.

    Frankly, I think paying an inexperienced employee who requires large amounts of additional training more than $21.00 an hour would be ludacris from a business stand point. The money I make as a new nurse here is sufficient for my families needs and I am doing work I love.

    The job market in Utah is tight right now. Its difficult to get on with any of the large hospitals even if you worked for them while going through school, but its still possible to obtain employment as a new grad at the apparently very low going rate. I was able to obtain a job within a month of receiving my license last August.


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