Published Aug 6, 2005
i am currently going to school to be a surgical technician in Oklahoma.. i will be moving to oregon shortly thereafter and i was just wondering if anyone could answer me a few questions... how much do surg tech's make and what is the cost of living like in oregon?? thank you for any help you can give me
I don't know how much surgical techs make here but in the portland metro area, rent seems to range from 500-1000+ per month depending on how big the apartment is (and what part of town it's in).
VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN
I work at a community hospital in the mid-Willamette Valley, where surgical techs are unionized and thus make a fairly decent wage (upwards of $13 an hour, I think). Rents in this part of the state aren't too bad, with 3-BR houses going for about $850 per month and apartments in the $450-700 per month range depending on size and surrounding neighborhood.
Good luck to you, and let us know how it goes.
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zambezi, BSN, RN
Hello! In southern oregon, the housing prices currently are pretty high. We are going though a huge housing boom here and it is getting expensive...Gas in Oregon (as it is everywhere) is also expensive...I am paying at least 3.17/gallon for premium and over 3 for regular. Food, etc is probably comprable with other areas. Despite all that, southern oregon is a fantastic and beautiful place to live. Lots of outdoorsy things to do. All four seasons (except a really snowy winter- we get more rain/fog than anything). The starting pay for a surgical tech where I work is 13.96-19.38 depending on experience. The other hosptial in the area is probably somewhere in that range too, give or take a little. Hiring range for RNs is 24.34-28.88 (possibilty for higher negotiation if you have a lot of experience, other certs, etc).
Rent for housing probably ranges from 600-1600 depending on where you are renting (but that is just a guess).
I hope you find the answers you are looking for- oregon is a beautiful place to live.
I live in NW Portland wh.ere rent is higher but I never have to drive anywhere! I live in a studio apartment and pay $570. But again, this is a very trendy, urban area where rent is higher than other areas like NE Portland.
I moved from Kansas and the rent and stuff is a little higher then it is there but i feel it is worth it cause the pay is a little higher too per cost of living and pay it is about equal Im living in Eugene and there is somewhat of a high demand for all medical persons. They are talking about getting really to build a new hospital. I havent seen where they have desided yet but im sure it will be in the works soon. Good luck ( my rent here for a 3 bdrm is $650 which isnt to bad):)
I live in NW Portland wh.ere rent is higher but I never have to drive anywhere! I live in a studio apartment and pay $570. But again, this is a very trendy, urban area where rent is higher than other areas like NE Portland.J
I am new to the forum. I am thinking of moving to Portland too.
I just have a tour in portland last week. I realy like the city.
I have 4 years experience in Step-down. I don't have BSN. How much the chance I can find a ICU job there. I am wondering how much I can get per hour? and how many times raise you can get per year. It is true that you get raise from the unionized? and what about the hospital. And what the shift differential?
thank you so much for taking time answer my question?
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