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First RN job & it's pay

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Hello everyone,

I would like as many responses as possible. I am located in Houston, Texas but looking to working to work anywhere in the US. I am about to get my RN license and I have started looking for a job. What should I expect my salaray or my wage/hr at my first job as a RN with no experience? If people would tell me their personal pay they received at there first job would be helpful. I've researched the web and found just a scattered range of pays. Your responses will be very appreciated. Thanks!

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CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

People need to know where you are located as it varies greatly regionally.

Sorry about that. I am new to "allnurses.com". I fixed the thread and put my location. I am from Houston, TX.

I'm in San Antonio, Tx. My wife is a RN (1 year now) and we both work at the same system. Here, RNs are starting around $21.50, a little more if you have experience (2 years clinical, 3 years non-clinical)

I'm in San Antonio, Tx. My wife is a RN (1 year now) and we both work at the same system. Here, RNs are starting around $21.50, a little more if you have experience (2 years clinical, 3 years non-clinical)

That's not even $40K after taxes. Any idea what her pay would be at after 10 years of exp.?

Lissa,RN

Has 3 years experience.

I am in Montana. My first job as an RN, the job I still hold pays $24 an hour. It's in long term care in a less than desirable facility though. The cost of living is quite low here, but we actually do have a bit of a shortage of nurses in the town I live in, so they have to pay higher to have any staff at all.

I just got my first nursing job in southern California, I will start making 32/hr

I just got my first nursing job in southern California, I will start making 32/hr

Are you working in a major hospital? Was that job as an RN or BSN? What is your title now?

I am in Montana. My first job as an RN, the job I still hold pays $24 an hour. It's in long term care in a less than desirable facility though. The cost of living is quite low here, but we actually do have a bit of a shortage of nurses in the town I live in, so they have to pay higher to have any staff at all.

Do you plan on going to school or is making $40,00o sufficient enough to you?

Tait, MSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Cardiac, Education, Prof Practice. Has 14 years experience.

I am an ADN and started in Wisconsin as a new grad @ $20.90 base + $2.50 night differential. (Small rural hospital)

Came to GA (with less than one year experience) rate went to $21.90 +3.50 differential and a 4K sign on bonus over two years. (Large urban hospital)

BSN's in both jobs came with $.50 more per hour.

Momfirstalways

Specializes in Labor and Delivery, MS. Has 10 years experience.

I am not a new nurse but when I graduated from nursing school 20 years ago starting pay was $20.00. I see starting pay has not increase dramatically. Just curious how much did you expect to get paid. $40,000 starting pay out of college is not bad! Nurses often don't get raises every year and when they do it is very little!

ChristineN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric/Adolescent, Med-Surg.

Started out as a new grad (diploma RN) in Pittsburgh making $19.50/hr for a major hospital. Got my BSN and got a whopping $0.50 raise, only $1/hr differential for nights

I now work in the DC metro making double that $35-$39/hr plus differentials

I am not a new nurse but when I graduated from nursing school 20 years ago starting pay was $20.00. I see starting pay has not increase dramatically. Just curious how much did you expect to get paid. $40,000 starting pay out of college is not bad! Nurses often don't get raises every year and when they do it is very little!

That's true. New grads with bachelors degrees in other fields often make only 20-30 thousand dollars for an entry level position.

New grads in my state start between $22 and $27 per hour before shift diff, which varies between hospitals.

NG with a bachelor's in another field, am an ADN. As a new grad my first job was $28/h.

I have an ADN... as a new nurse I'm making $18.90 on regular days and weekends I make $23.90. It's ok pay.

*** Oh, and I live in SC

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gettingbsn2msn, MSN, RN

Specializes in medical surgical. Has 5 years experience.

18/hour. Have 2 years exp. Just left but looking for a job. This is in the southeast rural. I have a BSN--made mid 30's last year. Back in school--cannot live on that amount.

Good luck!

BronxRN28

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 3 years experience.

In the NYC area I know new grads who started between $68K-$72K.

However, I know upstate NY around the Binghamton area new grads start at about $20-$23/hr.

$40k isnt bad money, and if you need more then you can work a 4th shift one week (which would be all OT.) My wife made over $45 last year, and she wasn't working as an RN until mid April.

OP, why are you asking? From some of your responses, it sounds like you're trying to justify working as a nurse based on the pay... that's the wrong reason to be a nurse. Its good enough of a reason that there are a lot of nurses who do the job just for the money, but they're the nurses who end up on my desk [risk management] often and end up bouncing from facility to facility for related reasons.

Look at why you want to be a nurse. If the only thing you come up with is green and fits nicely into a wallet, please don't care for my loved ones.