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Can a registered nurse live comfortably with their salary?

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I didn't have loans, paid off school as I went with scholarships and money from jobs. I like nicer cars, I prefer to and do lease and still have plenty to save. I do a ton of overtime if I get up the motivation. For a young person without loans or kids $40,000-50,000 is a great salary.

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JZ_RN has 5 years experience and specializes in Oncology.

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I am middle class. I can't afford expensive vacations but we do have a new car (not a fancy car, just a car, nothing to write home about.) We live in a decent neighborhood. We have food to eat. We can buy ourselves things once in a while if we want. We are not rich. We aren't living a luxury life. We get by. I am an RN and my SO makes a decent living in another job. We will never be wealthy. Not even a little bit. We aren't poor though.

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There was a pretty large thread like this recently. And it all comes down to what you mean by living comfortably/luxurious etc. For me having enough to pay my bills, drive a car that works, not live in a ghetto/high crime area, buy any kind of food I want, buy nice clothes( nOT $1,000 shirts and $4,500 shoes) is living a life a lot more luxurious than most people I know in real life .

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Who said it had to be a new Mini Cooper? Hello, there is a thing called "buying used"! Besides, Mini Coopers aren't any more expensive than a nicely equipped Toyota Camry. You don't see people in a huff over a nice Camry; they just accept it.

Other than that, I cosign with everything else that the others have posted above.

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on eagles wings has 2 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in SDU, Tele.

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this is a great thread for us youngin's lol.

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MomRN0913 specializes in ICU.

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All my single RN friends live comfortably and drive nice cars. I OTOH, live OK as a single mom. My daughter does not go without, has very nice things, we rent a decent apartment and the car is fine. I paid a lot for her preschool likewise (could have been driving a mini for that money, plus the car I have now!) I enjoy some things myself, and pay my bills. I don't have much by the way of savings, but one one income in NJ (the next most expensive state after CA I think) I don't do so bad.

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NickiLaughs has 8 years experience and specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care.

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I'm living paycheck to paycheck in California, but I also have a husband who has been unemployed since 2008, and not making progress in school because of the budget cuts. A toddler and a ton of student loans. We do make it by, but barely. Just try to be conscious of your future, finding a significant other can happen....and things change. But in the event you are single and are careful about loans, you will be fine.

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RNGriffin specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

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In California, which I assume is comparable to the cost of living in NY, you can live a comfortable lifestyle. Me on the other hand, I am addicted to all things luxury...So, I often juggle 3 positions at once & can be found dabbling into other endeavors during the holidays to maximize my lifestyle. It's really dependent on what you deem comfortable. For the lifestyle you have described, of course a nurses salary is enough.

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FlyingScot has 28 years experience as a RN and specializes in Peds/Neo CCT,Flight, ER, Hem/Onc.

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Who said it had to be a new Mini Cooper? Hello, there is a thing called "buying used"! Besides, Mini Coopers aren't any more expensive than a nicely equipped Toyota Camry. You don't see people in a huff over a nice Camry; they just accept it.

I'm not honestly seeing anyone in a "huff" on this thread...and perhaps even a "nicely equipped Toyota Camry" is out of reach initially.

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yes, you can live comfortably, the key is to NEvER live outside of your means, point blank. I drive a new car, live in a nice house in a subdivision, buy whatever i want, ect. i work in LTC 3 days a week and make 60,000 a year. state GA.

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Gypsy_Nurse specializes in ICU 3+ years, travel nurse 1+ years.

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Agree with most posters on this thread. I live in the midwest, and granted the pay is not the best where I'm from but as a travel nurse I am making it work. I own my own home, drive a brand new car, am paying off my loans and just bought a hot tub (yay!) as well as saving for the future. I do not have kids, however I have a cat who can be just as expensive :rotfl: At the same time I'm supporting my boyfriend as he is going to school. Just budget wisely and you will do fine.

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CarryThatWeight has 5 years experience and specializes in Oncology, Mental Health.

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Funny thing about California: the salaries do not necessarily coincide with the cost of living. In Sacramento, cost of living is much less than Southern California, yet nurses there start an average of about $10 more an hour than nurses down south. I never could figure that out. When I worked near Los Angeles as a new grad, I lived paycheck to paycheck. Sacramento pays much better and rent is also lower. Bay area nurses make MUCH higher salaries, but cost of living there is outrageously high. So, given that you could get a job in California's saturated market, choose location wisely.

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