Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 30

Am I the only one who becomes at least mildly irritated whenever a random individual finds out that someone is a nurse and proceeds to say, "You're rolling in the big bucks!" To keep things... Read More

  1. by   TheCommuter
    Thank you for the update!
    Quote from Dassit82
    I left an optimistic sunny comment 2 years ago on this post about how excited I was to make a career change to nursing. I got a little push back saying it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Just wanted to repost 2 years later finally as a nurse that I'm absolutely loving it. I feel appreciated, important and an integral part of something great! Just one of the many experiences I have had in this one year outweighs all of the combined experiences I've had in my previous career. That's all! I'll check back in another 2 and hopefully still feel the same!
  2. by   ddmad
    Glad someone said it... Kudos...
  3. by   MLSTTS2015
    Quote from Kunzieo
    I think nurses get paid very well for the amount of education that they have. Not in many other professions can one make 60k their first year out of school. Sometimes I look at my union contract and think "I am part of what's wrong with healthcare in America." Double overtime, triple time holidays, large shift differentials, weekend bonuses, extra shift bonuses, and God help us if we don't get a raise every year... Don't get me wrong, I love these perks, but I do think nurses are more than adequately compensated. So yes, I guess to answer the question- nurses can make a good amount of money. Maybe not the "big bucks" but decent enough, I'd say! Hiding now, please don't hate!
    You must not live in the south. As a new grad were making around 30,000-40,000 if your lucky. 40,000 is for those doing nights; and thats for Richmond Va, its much much lower in other areas. granted their is a lower cost of living; I think nurses make decent money and there is room to grow and advance in this career; but big bucks defiantly not especially after you add on all the expenses of the real world. Nurses work very very hard and have a stressful jo. In comparison to other careers and the work that they do no its not an equal compensation but the same goes for firefighters and policemen.
  4. by   joanna73
    Unfortunately, nursing wages have been on the decline in many areas for years.

    In Canada, nursing is unionized across the country. Even non-union positions pay well in order to be competitive. With the exception of Quebec, nurses average 75-85 thousand per year, excluding overtime.

    Health care aides make 40,000+ per year. I am shocked at the low pay after reading some of these posts.
  5. by   VickieBligh
    After 38+ years at a single institution, I do make a decent salary. as my husband says it's to compensate for treating us like crap. How many times have you had to wait to go to the bathroom because your patient needs you, missed your lunch because there was no time or other staff? I work in a specialty area: Cardiovascular Lab. When I'm on call and called in at 1AM, 3 hrs later I want to get that patient in a bed because I have to be at work in 2.5 hrs for my regular shift, the money doesn't help very much when I'm fighting sleep on the drive home.
  6. by   CindiQuarles
    Nurses don't make big bucks but what we do make we earn every penny!
  7. by   GM2RN
    Quote from joanna73

    In Canada, nursing is unionized across the country. Even non-union positions pay well in order to be competitive. With the exception of Quebec, nurses average 75-85 thousand per year, excluding overtime.

    I've heard other Canadian nurses say something similar, yet many Canadian nurses come to the US to work. Why is that? They can't all be from Quebec.
  8. by   RNBillieBSN
    I agree with you...
    This has long been a pet-peeve of mine. We as nurses, who
    work with the sick and injured, we save lives, but we are paid
    so much less than so many others. People who work in the tire
    building plant. Those who work in a steel mill. My biggest pet peeve:
    sports-figures who throw or bounce balls and get paid mega-millions
    to play ball. That is SO WRONG!!!!
  9. by   TeeKay12
    i just told my future daughter-in-law that today, as she was telling me of her friends in nursing school because "it's good money, easily made". I'm afraid she'll now wonder if the insanity is hereditary due to my laughing hysterically at that and saying, "yes, it's easy - as long as you don't mind a little poop and vomit with dinner"
  10. by   Do_Good
    Quote from dudette10
    Our gross together is north of $170k. He makes more than I do (a computer programmer in a nonmanagement position), but my take home is more than the his. Paid 25k in federal income taxes last year, even though we shovel the max pre-tax dollars to retirement. Cars paid off, same 1400 square foot house for 20 years, no cc debt.

    Wow...."north of $170???" combined??? But your take home is more than his? You are paid well. In what state do you work? I'm in the northeast. Cost of living is high. I make $60K without OT and I've been a nurse for 5 years.
  11. by   joanna73
    @GM2 Some nurses migrate to the US for milder winters, some are under the assumption that working conditions and money are better in the US, and some nurses cannot find the jobs they want in Canada. It varies.
  12. by   NOADLS
    Quote from GM2RN
    I've heard other Canadian nurses say something similar, yet many Canadian nurses come to the US to work. Why is that? They can't all be from Quebec.
    Cost of living, taxes and the weak Canadian dollar.

    A RN working and living in Vancouver earning $32 CAD/hr vs a RN working and living in Chicago earning $32 USD/hr.

    The RN in Chicago will take home more money, have a better standard of living and have more spending power than his or her counterpart in Vancouver.
  13. by   midnighter94
    I've been a Registered Nurse for 21 years in the Midwest. When I started I was making almost $15/hour plus shift differential for midnight shift. At the facility I'm at now I've been at the top of the pay scale for awhile, which is just over $37/hour. So over the course of my career I would say, yes, I am happy with the way my pay has risen. But, the starting pay is now about $27/hour. So that means there is only a range of about $10 between new grads and nurses with tons of experience and I think that's sad. We're not getting compensated for our experience and loyalty. In the past 7 years we've gotten 2 raises. We're getting one next month, but those of us at the top of the pay scale are not getting anything, not even a one-time check. And every year our costs go up - our insurance is more expensive, our co-pays, we now have deductibles that we never used to have; there's a spousal surcharge for insurance (eg: my husband has insurance available at his work but opts not to take it and I have him on my insurance, I am charged $46/per paycheck for him).
    We miss holidays, birthdays, family get-togethers, school functions and so many other things because we are working. Yes, we make good money, but we work hard! We come home physically and emotionally exhausted. And maybe many of us "only" work 3 days a week, but in those 3 days we put in just as many hours as most people put in in 5 days at their jobs. We don't get benefits when we retire since we're not union, so no insurance, and hopefully we've put enough into our retirement plans.
    I love my job, and I can't even imagine doing anything else. I'm always proud to say I'm a nurse.