Compare Nurses Salaries Across The Nation - page 4

Wondering how nurse salaries are comparing as a whole across the nation. Are you paid more for having a BSN or Masters as compared to those with an ASN degree? I am writing from Florida where our... Read More

  1. by   palesarah
    New grads at my hospital (in NH) were all hired at $17.64, with a 50-cent increase upon passing the boards, regardless of degree. The hospital is giving patient care staff an unexpected raise this week, I think it's 3% (75 cents minimum) for nurses. So for the new grads who have passed the boards, the pay will now be $18.89, with $3.50 evening shift diff and $6.50 nights, plus another $1.50 on weekends.
    I don't know what the experienced nurses are making per hour but the salary ladder goes something like- at one year/1000 hours, automatic increase to RNII, with a 3% raise. There are additional raises for RN3 & 4, which are not automatic, one has to accrue a certain number of hours and/or educational credits, etc. My understanding is that most of the RN4s are either MSN nurses with a few years experience or nurses with 15-20 years at the hospital. There is also an additional salary increase for RNC, but a nurse only gets the increase for one certification- some of our LDRP nurses have several certifications under their belts but only got the raise once. And then there are yearly merit increases. So, not as great pay as some places around the country, but enough for me As long as I work hard and earn it!
  2. by   KathleenC
    I'm glad we're union. The cost of living in the Northeast NYC Metro area is extremely high, but base pay for a new grad. is $55,000/yr at my hospital. There are differentials for evenings and night, degrees and certifications and experience differential of $830/year up to 25 years.
  3. by   -jt
    <Nursing Management Magazine has results of natl. salary survey>

    One was also published by Advance for Nurses. Link to the report is below. Very interesting data.

    2002 Salary Survey Results - location, demographics, rates, city/state comparisons and analysis:
    Last edit by -jt on Aug 5, '03
  4. by   Tinker
    I'm a new grad in New York City. I get base pay of $58k, plus a $6k a year shift differential, and $1000 for having a BSN. It sounds great, but after I pay federal, state, and city taxes, not too much is left over.
    Last edit by Tinker on Aug 7, '03
  5. by   VickyRN
    Now that I'm a nursing instructor, I make $10,000 year LESS than what I was making as a staff nurse. I am still thankful for my job and salary and truly enjoy what I do (though it is generally very stressful for the first 3 years till one learns the ropes). The worst part is the SHORTAGE of nursing instructors due to the LOW SALARIES. Most people (even BSN nurses) do not want to join our ranks when they find out the salary. So we are forever working short (I have 52 hours worth of lecture to get ready this semester; had double clinicals last semester). This can get very tiring.
  6. by   Chrislynn2003
    In Delaware, new grads (RN's) start around $20-22/hr.
  7. by   Nurse89
    I was a only a little surprised to see the differences in salaries posted here. I have nurse friends from several states and our salaries vary, but not even close to what I have seen posted...especially Debralynn,.. wow, have you checked around on the salaries, pretty sure you have, but....$12/hr??
    I got a dollar more than that as a new grad 14 years ago at the hospital where I started, and that was consider low then. There is a nursing shortage here, just like everywhere else,.. but a new grad is looking at appx. $20.00/hr to start and after a certain amount of years, usually 10, that goes up quite a bit.
    ok...that's my comparison fellow nurses.
  8. by   burp
    full time rns start around 16-17 a hr in nashville where im at, i do only agency and get 36-40 a hr. been a rn for 4 yrs, do icu amd er
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    burp??? How did you come up with that screen name, I wonder?
  10. by   burp
    do it alot , just like to share . hee hee...
  11. by   angelbear
    I am an LPN 5yrs experience. I started out as charge nurse on nights at NH making 11.25hr with .75 for nights shift diff. I left there after 2 yrs making 13.32 plus the .75 shift diff. Where I work now LTC for hanicapped I make 17.52 hr no shift diff no bennies. What really gets me is the other nurse I work nights with is an RN with 20+ yrs experience and she only makes 20.10 She can get med ins but she will have to pay nearly 300 dollars every pay period. Still no retirement plan. I will never understand how we can work our buts off and pay out the nose to go to school to take a job where we litterally at times hold peoples lives in our hands and still make less than a post hole digger. Around here they train 6 months and get paid while training when the training is over they make 30hr. If we make a mistake someone may lose a life, we may lose our license and we can be sued, If the post whole digger digs a whole in the wrong spot they will have to refill it and dig again. For this they may take a razzing from coworkers but no harm no foul. I just dont get it.
  12. by   YukonSean
    I have very much enjoyed reading this thread. According to one of those RN salary comparator sites I viewed (I cannot recall the URL for the life of me), California nurses apparently rake in the most; I think the starting figure was around $56000 per annum. My wife and I have long been toying with the notion of relocating to the USA (i.e., we've been passively nosing around, but not actively job seeking). Based purely on exchange rates, I myself could not work for less than CAD $35 or USD $25 per hour. I admit that I am at the high end of the scale in Canada, because I practice in the true north, next door to Alaska. Typically Irish, I have loads of family in New York and Boston, but it seems to me that the cost of living is prohibitive in the northeastern cities of the lower 48. As an experienced specialist RN (psychiatry), I would expect paid relocation, tuition reimbursement in exchange for service, etc., if I were to move. Of interest, nurses in Atlantic Canada are generally the most poorly paid in our country, while those of us living north of 60 earn the most, due to isolation pay. As the debate about the RN shortage continues, we often read that as many as 10 percent of Canadian grad nurses flock to the United States. For this reason, I expect that money will indeed become a bigger issue north of the border.
  13. by   Gomer
    Originally posted by YukonSean
    As an experienced specialist RN (psychiatry)....
    I'm not speaking for all areas of the U.S. but in the Southern California area, most of the in-patient mental health units were closed down or reduced in size a couple of years ago. You might find it a little difficult, with that specialty, to find a high paying job in our area.