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A question to new grads...how satisfied are you with your new salary ?

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by Back2Nursing09 Back2Nursing09 (New Member) New Member

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I know Registered Nurses earn a pretty good salary.Is it true that hospitals start you off with a $50,000 or more ?

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NeoPediRN has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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I work in Boston and with two years of experience I make less than most new grads start off at in 70% of other Boston hospitals....

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It very much depends on where you work. Some parts of the country pay as low as $18-$19/hr to start. Others start in the $30s or higher, but generally have a higher cost of living. I'd guesstimate the average to be in the low to mid $20s/hr for a new RN.

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SirJohnny has 8 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Pittsburgh, PA -- Start at $22.50/hour.

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casi has 3 years experience and works as a LTC RN.

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I'm making 23.40/hr I'm thankful that I was able to secure a job and they pay more than my job as an aide.

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LoveMyBugs works as a Pediatrics.

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I will let you know when I can finally get a job:crying2::yeah:

I am doing some flu shot clinics and they pay $22:D

I interviewed for a large MD office/clinic and they start new grads out at $21

and if you are lucky enough to actually get a job in a hospital the starting pay is $28 and some change

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nursynurseRN has 12 years experience and works as a RN.

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28.45 new grad RN with 3 years LVN experiece...... uuuhhhh about 49,000 per year in Orange County California... not working any overtime...

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I make $24.50 base pay and I work nights with a $5 differential. I graduated in December and I have made $45,000 to date. But I have worked quite a bit of overtime. I just did 6 12hr shifts straight and a month before that I did 9 straight. However, I wouldn't recommend doing that because of burnout potential :smokin: I would say that Im pretty satisfied with my new salary and also happy just to have a job with opportunity to make a bit of extra cash should the need arise. I also like getting a few days off after working a series of shifts.

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RNDreamer works as a Nurse.

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To be honest, while I am grateful to have a job, I'm not satisfied with my salary. I am making half of what my area pays RNs. I can't wait until I am no longer a New Grad.

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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I'm a new RN with four years of LPN/LVN experience and, no, I'm not satisfied with the pay. This is probably due to the fact that I was already earning a very competitive LVN/LPN wage for the area in which I live (North Central Texas).

I was earning $27.04 hourly as an experienced LVN in a nursing home. I now earn a whopping $28 per hour as a new grad RN at a different facility. As you can see, I received a $0.96 boost in hourly pay for earning the degree and upgrading the licensure.

I also landed a PRN job at a rehab hospital for $36 per hour, but the hours at this workplace are not guaranteed.

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LETRN works as a ER.

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Not very!

If it weren't for shift differential and percent plus pay ($4.00 extra an hour in exchange for opting out of benefits) I would be making a pittance. It's a good thing my husband makes decent money because there is no way we could live off of what I make!

There's earning potential down the road with more experience, but in the state in which I live new grads do not make very much at all. Which makes it interesting when trying to figure out how to pay off the massive student loan debt I accrued while getting my BSN :uhoh3:

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none the wiser has 5 years experience.

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Pretty much the entirety of SC starts you off at 18.25-18.75/hr. BSN is about 50 cents more.

I was unaware that was the bottom of the spectrum until this thread lol.

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