Published Feb 12, 2014
Does anyone know which cities offer the best paid nursing jobs in the US?
mclennan, BSN, RN
LTCs in Los Angeles or NYC.
Awesome.. thank you
I was being sarcastic.
NurseRies, BSN, RN
Cost of living makes things a lot more complicated... :-/
Travel nurses usually get paid a lot more than staff RNs. I know when we changed computer systems the travelers got paid even more than usual … I'm talking twice what the rest of us made plus housing stipends and some of them get bonuses either to sign on or extend their contract.
Staff Nurse jobs in parts of California pay the most. 50 60 70 an hour is not uncommon. I got a per diem at kaiser at $60 an hour with 2 years experience.
San Francisco Bay Area and its outlying regions pay very, very well.
Cost of living can be high.
There's a salary-survey thread floating around, by TheCommuter as I recall, in which I posted relative cost-of-living data for comparison with the anecdotal responses therein.
I'd focus more on where you want to live and don't want to live and then start looking at compensation.
I work with a number of nurses from various parts of the country including NYC, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, and Detroit and they all feel like they are doing much better here than from where they came.
San Francisco pays well due to 40 years of collective bargaining. Anywhere chattel slavery was ever legal won't pay as well. YMMV.
NPOaftermidnight, MSN, RN, NP
My husband is interviewing with a company in San Francisco.. just for fun I looked up RN salaries in the region. Holy. Crap. Even with the cost of living adjustment, it's still a lot of money.
California- very good pay. And it's easy to live in relatively inexpensive areas and commute.
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