ER nurses make $144,000 a year! - page 3

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  1. by   RNKPCE
    A nurse with 20+ years of experience working at a SF Bay area hospital 40 hrs a week, with shift differential can make close to this without OT and there is no pay rate difference for ER nurses. But lets puts things in perspective you can't find a single family home for under $450K.
  2. by   Kymmi
    They did list the average at 66,000. I think the 144,000 was probably what was reported by what everyone else here has said and thats working lots of OT and working the highest paid areas of the country so it was a bit misleading however they did list the low range as 42,000 I think and the average as 66,000.
    I know my base pay is 68,000/yr but when I add shift diff and weekend diff. plus I usually work 1-2 extra days per pay for a total of 84-96 hours in a 2 week period I made 90+ last year.
  3. by   SummerGarden
    "charge nurse ($44,000) to nurse emergency rn ($144,000)" quoted from the article....

    someone tell me who in his/her right mind would take on the headaches of a charge nurse to make less then those he/she manages??? i do not think anyone should read too much into this article because i do not think the author even knows what a "charge nurse" is since the mistake was not made in reporting management vs. entry level regarding the other professions. never mind the fact that it is noted that education wise there are only 3 ways to become a rn.

    the real question we should be asking ourselves is did this person receive payment for this trash? if so, where can i sign up? clearly facts are irrelevant and hype is everything. :typing
  4. by   Iam46yearsold
    You take my base and diffs and years of service. If I worked full time I would earn a bit over 6 figures. Yes, That is in the ER. I just choose not to work full time, just 24 hrs a week.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from batmik
    but lets puts things in perspective you can't find a single family home for under $450k.
    bingo!

    Quote from mba2brn
    the real question we should be asking ourselves is did this person receive payment for this trash? if so, where can i sign up? clearly facts are irrelevant and hype is everything. :typing
    :chuckle

    cheers,
  6. by   Xbox Live Addict
    Quote from Kymmi
    They did list the average at 66,000. I think the 144,000 was probably what was reported by what everyone else here has said and thats working lots of OT and working the highest paid areas of the country so it was a bit misleading however they did list the low range as 42,000 I think and the average as 66,000.
    I know my base pay is 68,000/yr but when I add shift diff and weekend diff. plus I usually work 1-2 extra days per pay for a total of 84-96 hours in a 2 week period I made 90+ last year.
    Again, I'd like to see that. Most nurses I know in Oklahoma are barely making $38,000 a year, below the low range Yahoo quoted. Where are they getting their facts?
  7. by   Kymmi
    I do believe that the wages they report are averages so lets say 10 nurses report their earnings at 35,000 and 10 nurses report their earnings at 70,000 then the average wage of all 20 nurses would be 52,500$........I used a very small average of only 20 nurses just to give a example so imagine of they had 5000 nurses reporting salaries anywhere from 30,000 to those that work alot of OT reporting 100,000 and taking that average the actual wage would be higher than what is truly the average. For example they state the average wage for a RN is 66,000 which is what my average wage is however when adding my shift diff, weekend diff and OT I would report my income as 90,000+.
    I hope that all makes sense...makes sense to me but Im not so sure I was able to relay it right.
  8. by   rn/writer
    Let's look at the outlay for someone in this rarefied earnings atmosphere:

    Divorce/spousal and child support--$36K

    ETOH/pharmceutical assistance--5-10K

    ETOH/pharmaceutical treatment--5-10K

    Tax disadvantages--20K

    Toys to compensate feelings of deprivation (car, computer, stereo equipment, vacation, jewelry, etc.)--15K

    Therapy for whatever is left of mind and spirit--10K


    Compared to:

    Peace of mind that comes from having a manageable work schedule with time to enjoy family and friends and smell the occasional rose and maybe even order pizza and throw in a couple of videos and take a walk and read a book and play a game and come to allnurses.com--

    --PRICELESS!
  9. by   oramar
    Quote from batmik
    A nurse with 20+ years of experience working at a SF Bay area hospital 40 hrs a week, with shift differential can make close to this without OT and there is no pay rate difference for ER nurses. But lets puts things in perspective you can't find a single family home for under $450K.
    Was that before or after the housing market tanked? I am seriously asking this because my son lives in southern Cal. and will be in the market for a house soon.
  10. by   Nurse Salt
    Quote from oramar
    Was that before or after the housing market tanked? I am seriously asking this because my son lives in southern Cal. and will be in the market for a house soon.
    I am seeing this currently, after the fall, but the SF Bay is VERY over priced. Besides, Southern California housing prices are very different from Northern Cali and depending on where he is will make a huge difference in price.
  11. by   Errn4lyf
    WOW...ER Nurse...work hard to make 70,000. 144,000 can if there's a lot of OT allowed, some areas send you home of take you off the schedule if you have too much OT and also UNCLE SAM will eat you another hiney...
  12. by   Jo Dirt
    Even if this figure is true for NY or California...consider the cost of living. On top of that the taxes eat you alive. I personally know someone who lives in a plain house in Bethpage and pays over $12,000 a year in property taxes!

    Bottom line, that $144,000 figure is grossly overinflated. I don't know anyone who can work 6, 12 hour days a week, for very long anyway. This is beyond insanity and not doable in the least.

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