Pay Scale - page 23

Please let me know what your base pay is in your part of the country. I live in TN and where I work our base pay is 13.00/hr. And if you are a CVICU nurse, do you get paid more for what you can do.... Read More

  1. by   Claire_Fraser
    Quote from Balder_LPN
    Well, I live in a small town on the border with Canada, and there are clinics here that specifically cater to canadian clients b/c the wait is so long for procedures and tests up there, and not just elective items either!!! all kinds of things, those that have the money up there purchase thier medical care here.

    I would be curious though how the pay differs from Vancouver BC to Seattle.

    I live in Vancouver. Make $33/hr (graduated in 2006) before shift differentials. Overtime is double time. I made $85,000 CDN this year. Which according to is $81,000 USD. Keep in mind that my overtime pay is $66/hr. Vancouver is also the most expensive city to live in in Canada, and one of the most expensive cities to live in here in North America. I rent a tiny (550 square feet) one bedroom condo for $1400/month. If I were to buy it, it would cost $350,000. And it's not even new. Seven year old buiding. You cannot buy even a crappy single family home in the city of Vancouver for less than $600,000.

    Here's the link to all the wait times in our province. A surprise to most of you, I'd think.

    You'd be surprised at how many Americans come to Canada for health care.
    Last edit by Claire_Fraser on Dec 26, '09
  2. by   trulara
    I have 6 years experience in ER and ICU I'm making base pay in central texas about $28.60 without shift differetial or weekend pay! Moving to southern california due to army (husband) hope the pay is better.. Cost of living differences can't be forgotten though.
  3. by   Claire_Fraser
    Quote from sunnycalifRN
    Well, I know you won't believe this . . . but I'm not lying . . . in the SF Bay area, starting salary for ICU is $32 - 40/hr. At four years, with rapid advancement, $50/hr is normal. And, my hospital is just average . . . the upper end is $55-60/hr.
    Believable. Here are the UCSF pay rates:

    other nursing pay rates:

    Of course, the Bay Area is very expensive.
  4. by   Mr I Care
    O my I can not believe what I am reading here in this forum. I am a nursing student and I work at Home Depot as Supervisor making $16.00 hr. Based on what I have read so far I make more than some nurses. O, no I just can not believe this. This makes me rethink my career goals like for real. My ideal salary as a new grad nurse is $24-28.
  5. by   JulieCVICURN
    I'm in the south suburbs of Chicago. 3 years ago, I started at $22.55/hr in the CVICU as a new grad. Now, I'm at $24.75/hour base (we have no clinical ladder at my facility) plus a $5.00 hour shift differential, and I'm a weekend program RN so I get time and a half for all the hours I work. I consider my "base" to be $42.25, although if I were to interview somewhere else that might not fly.
  6. by   NtannRN
    Here in MA, at the community hosp. I work at starting pay is 25.60 for a new grad. I'm in Critical Care Unit. 16 bed mixed unit - no extra pay. I graduated in 08 and went right in to ccu. I do however get $15.00 a week extra for having my BSN. As a union hospital everyone with the same experience gets the same pay regardless where you work. I know in Boston when I graduated, Mass Gen. was starting at the same exact pay except that their raises were more frequent and more $$. Plus their difs were way better. Anyway, I see how CA nurses get 40 something/hr. and their cost of living is high? Here it's $2.60 for a gallon of gas and almost $4 for a gallon of milk. You can get a small 2 bedroom ranch house with no yard for about $250,000.oo (after market crash). But you can't beat the seasons. LOL
  7. by   MrsRNn2009
    WOw! I knew I was fortunate to even land this amazing job in California but wow. I work at a childrens hospital in the CVICU. As a new grad I make $36/hr and have a 3% increase in 5 months.
  8. by   NtannRN
  9. by   LuckyoneRN
    Just saw this thread...
    Wisconsin tertiary hospial, MICU...base is $33.65. Weekend diff $3/hr, PM's $2/hr, NOC's $3/hr. Non-union hospital. Three years experience as RN, all at current hospital. No differentials for critical care units or BSNs.
  10. by   NAVRN
    I am in the US Navy, with 17 years. I am an O3 and with housing allowance make $107,000/yr. Looking for per diem jobs in Atlantic County, NJ, as I plan to make my transition to civilian life.
  11. by   MegNeoNurse
    Base for most ICU here in Omaha is $18.50, non-agency RN. With experience scale obviously goes up. Oh, and we are not unionized.
    Last edit by MegNeoNurse on Apr 5, '11 : Reason: additional info
  12. by   KeepItRealRN
    Rochester, MN base for new grad I believe is high 20's/hr. Top of scale is mid 40's/hr. Cost of living is low, but the weather sucks. Boring place for a single, but great place to raise a family. Working conditions second to none. I've worked in over 15 different places from coast to coast and this is by far the best for working conditions. They say they put the patient first and really put their money where their mouth is.
  13. by   cdash724
    Phoenix AZ new grads start at $25 typically (I did 4 years ago..) and from what I hear, it's still right around that mark. I now make $33.74/hr now on days in CVICU. $4/hr diff for nights, $2/hr diff for weekends. $2/hr for CCRN cert. No clinical ladder at my hospital though.

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