New Grad RN starting salary

  1. I just got a job offer for an RN job in Southern California for $25.50/hr. Not sure if this is high, low, average? What is everyone else starting out at?
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  3. by   HappyNurse2005
    what is cost of living though? isn't it astronomically high in SoCal to buy a house for example?
    where i live, a decent house can be bought for 150K, 350K can buy you a large 5 bedroom home.
    i am graduating in 3 months, 29 days and working nights w/ the shift differential, i'll be making 20.05 an hour. (38,000 a year). if i do nights on the weekend or do all 3 shifts on teh weekend (weekend option) i'd get more an hour. that is absolutely plenty for me to support my family of 5.
  4. by   luilui_604
    i accepted a job offer in one of the most expensive cities in North Cal (San Francisco East Bay) ...when i go and work i will have had 6 months working experience, so the base pay will be $35.51....i prefer to work nights so add another $7.25 for shift differential and my hourly wage is $43!!! wooohooo....since i was recruited from Canada, i get another $8000 relocation bonus plus 40 days free hotel accomodation..........my contract is 2 years

    cheers!
  5. by   *PICURN*
    I'm in Southern Cali and my starting pay is $25.36, after 6 months it jumps to $29 something...

    I'd say your salary is within normal range for a new grad.

    Congrats!!!
  6. by   lossforimagination
    Quote from RNinMay2005
    what is cost of living though? isn't it astronomically high in SoCal to buy a house for example?
    where i live, a decent house can be bought for 150K, 350K can buy you a large 5 bedroom home.
    i am graduating in 3 months, 29 days and working nights w/ the shift differential, i'll be making 20.05 an hour. (38,000 a year). if i do nights on the weekend or do all 3 shifts on teh weekend (weekend option) i'd get more an hour. that is absolutely plenty for me to support my family of 5.
    You didn't say where you are, that would be a big help to anyone looking at RN grad pay info.
  7. by   *PICURN*
    It is really ridiculous to buy a home in So Cali.

    Hence why I still live at home!!!!!

    In the area I am in, most houses are 600k +
    Even if you go to a part of town thats not so hot, you won't find much for under $400k

    So the salary definately has to match where you live
  8. by   breastfeedingRN
    here in phoenix, arizona, i am a new grad and started at $20.23, plus 15% differential for nights. so i am making $23.26/hr. cost of living isn't that bad here, so i am pretty happy with my pay. especially since i went from stay at home mom to that! i only work 2 days a week.
  9. by   maire
    In southern New Jersey, pay seems to be anywhere from $25 to $31 an hour for a new grad, depending on shift.
  10. by   newgrad2005
    Thank you! Anyone else???
  11. by   nptobee
    Washington DC
    The positioned that I have accepted 24.00 days, 28.80 evenings, 30.00 nights.
    Rotating shifts
  12. by   UTAlli
    I work in Houston, in the medical center and make $21 and hour.
  13. by   KIMRNNYC
    New grad pay: $18.50/hr. plus $1.00/hr eve shift diff, $1.50/hr night shift diff, $1.00/hr weekend day shift diff, $2.25/hr weekend evening shift diff, $3.50/hr weekend night shift diff

    This plus $7,500 sign on bonus - 2 yr. commitment

    I think I got it all correctly. I just received this info. from one of our local hospitals.
  14. by   RNMay2005
    I live in Iowa, one of the lowest paid states for nursing :imbar In the hospitals you start anywhere from $16.75 (VA and county hospitals) to around $18.50/hr for day shift. $1.50 to $3.00/hr shift diff for evenings, nights and weekends. Cost of living here is pretty good, a decent home is around 150k-200K.

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