I'm a Med Surg RN with 5 yrs experience from Texas. I'm planning to apply at L.A hospitals in March. With 5 yrs experience how much can I expect for hourly base pay? I heard Kaiser in L.A starts at $45/hr with no experience but I heard they are the highest paying hospital. I have a special contract where I'm getting $40/hr with benefits for being float pool at two hospitals in the same system. $40/hr where I'm at in Texas is equivalent to $55/hr in L.A with COL adjusrment. What can I expect for pay at a small hospital like St. Vincent's?