100k salary? - page 8

18 year old male. I've wanted to be a nurse for a couple years and will be starting to work towards my BSN this fall. I've volunteered at the local hospital on med/surg floors and the ER room to make... Read More

  1. by   MendedHeart
    Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill NC
    A ton of hospitals, Duke, Wake Med, and UNC have travel nurse positions too. Cost of living low.
  2. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from MendedHeart
    Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill NC
    A ton of hospitals, Duke, Wake Med, and UNC have travel nurse positions too. Cost of living low.

    I looked into that area. I found very similar cost of living to the Twin Cities and 1/3 lower RN pay. At the time (5 or 6 years ago) new grads were only starting at about $40- $45K/year in that area of NC vs $65-70K in the Twin Cities.
  3. by   subee
    Quote from PMFB-RN
    I have looked into this extensively. The highest RN pay, relative to the area cost of living I have found is in Minneapolis / St. Paul Minnesota area.
    I checked this out and found that COL is 1.6% below the national average which really surprised me. Minneapolis is a terrific city, but so many people reject it because of the winters. But there's a LOT of stuff to do and you just put your warm clothes and get out there and do it!
  4. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from subee
    I checked this out and found that COL is 1.6% below the national average which really surprised me. Minneapolis is a terrific city, but so many people reject it because of the winters. But there's a LOT of stuff to do and you just put your warm clothes and get out there and do it!
    I agree. Add to the fact that with 5-10 years experience many staff RNs can be making 6 figures + without OT.
  5. by   Lisacar130
    ICU/ER usually pays the same (or within a buck or two an hour) as any other floor.

    If you're married and don't need benefits, you could work registry/PRN somewhere. It usually pays a lot more per hour. The risk is you are cancelled first usually if not needed but if you pick a hospital that is very busy it can be worth it. I have known people who worked full time hours this way and made almost $100K/year. I would still have at least a year experience before signing up as registry.

    There's always agencies as well, but not for a new grad.
  6. by   mmc51264
    I am a weekend option nurse, so I get a differential for that I precept on a fairly regular basis which is a couple $$ more an hour. I get some indirect time for being the unit diabetes expert and on the informatics council. Each meets once a month. We have a monthly staff meeting we get paid for. Just the odds and ends add up. I have been on my unit for 5 years. I do not make $100K but I am in the high 5 figures. This is why I am staying on the floor even though I got my MSN in Dec. haven't found a job to match my current pay. I only work 3 days a week. I live in NC.
    We use my husband's insurance, which is much better than what I can get through work. I put 10% into a 403(b). The only other costs are Flex account for mwdical expenses and parking-yes I have to pay for parking.
  7. by   NurseSpeedy
    A lot depends on where you live for base pay. I would have to work a ton of OT to make that kind of money and then I'd be too exhausted to enjoy it. Charge nurses don't typically get paid much more per hour. Upper level management would be a better bet.

    I have heard of travel nursing agencies offering some good deals, but you'll need a few years in first and there's usually a reason for the nice price tag they're offering.
  8. by   inthecosmos
    Quote from mmc51264
    I am a weekend option nurse, so I get a differential for that I precept on a fairly regular basis which is a couple $$ more an hour. I get some indirect time for being the unit diabetes expert and on the informatics council. Each meets once a month. We have a monthly staff meeting we get paid for. Just the odds and ends add up. I have been on my unit for 5 years. I do not make $100K but I am in the high 5 figures. This is why I am staying on the floor even though I got my MSN in Dec. haven't found a job to match my current pay. I only work 3 days a week. I live in NC.
    We use my husband's insurance, which is much better than what I can get through work. I put 10% into a 403(b). The only other costs are Flex account for mwdical expenses and parking-yes I have to pay for parking.
    NC has pretty lucrative jobs, but you have to be willing to do anything for them. Not worth it!

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