Nurse Salary Poll

  1. I'm completing research for my thesis and would greatly appreciate feedback on nursing salaries. I'm specifically looking at the salaries paid to full-time nurses versus agency nurses. Additionally, if any of you have knowledge as to how much your hospital is paying it's agency, I would appreciate that as well. My thesis is on the premise that hospitals would be better off if they paid their RNs more than an agency nurse makes, but in the end would pay less than what they pay the agency. (I have nothing against nursing agencies, but this is my thesis for school)

    If you'd like to respond, I would like to know:
    - Age?
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN)
    - City / State
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr)
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None (for type of benefits)
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay)
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse.

    Thanks so much for your assistance. You can reply here, or to me directly. Thanks again!
    Last edit by Tweety on Oct 23, '06
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  3. by   Tweety
    Age? 47
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN) 15
    - City / State: Saint Petersburg, FL
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr) $30/hr
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None (for type of benefits) Full
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay) n/a
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool n/a
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse. n/a


    We are "paid per skill", i.e. for precepting, leadership, Certification, BSN, each "skill" gets you a 4% raise when you achieve them.
  4. by   NurseyPoo
    If you'd like to respond, I would like to know:

    - Age? 40
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN) 2 1/2 years RN, BSN
    - City / State NY State
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr) $21.32/hr
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None (for type of benefits) Full
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay) ICU (Which does not get you an increase at this hospital. I Actually took a pay cut to work in ICU).
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool. Third/Night shift
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse. FT Staff

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am curious and have noticed that there really are not many actual salaries listed throughout this web-site. People talk about them but I have not really seen too many threads that actually discuss this problem. Personally I feel that nurses do not get paid well no matter where they are. NJ, NY, CA, Fl, etc... When you tie in the cost of living to our actual salaries...it does not add up. Most nurses that I know making a decent salary are not happy with their employment. Most of them complain that they are working too many hours or hate their shift...
  5. by   malire
    - Age - 26
    - Experience - new grad, BSN
    - City / State - baltimore, md
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) - $25.67/hr
    - Benefits: full benefits
    - Specialty: n/a
    - Shift / Pool: day/night rotation, every 3rd wkend
    - Staff / Agency: FT staff
  6. by   bisson
    Quote from abu1030
    If you'd like to respond, I would like to know:

    - Age? 40
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN) 2 1/2 years RN, BSN
    - City / State NY State
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr) $21.32/hr
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None (for type of benefits) Full
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay) ICU (Which does not get you an increase at this hospital. I Actually took a pay cut to work in ICU).
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool. Third/Night shift
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse. FT Staff

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am curious and have noticed that there really are not many actual salaries listed throughout this web-site. People talk about them but I have not really seen too many threads that actually discuss this problem. Personally I feel that nurses do not get paid well no matter where they are. NJ, NY, CA, Fl, etc... When you tie in the cost of living to our actual salaries...it does not add up. Most nurses that I know making a decent salary are not happy with their employment. Most of them complain that they are working too many hours or hate their shift...

    i somewhat disagree, here in new york a new graduate can earn 52- 60K starting salary. that's pretty good, at least to me. and you're always guaranteed a job no matter where you go. not to mention full benefits and lots of opportunities to branch out to.

    yes, nurses do not make enough to have $500,000 houses, but we don't make chump change either.

    maybe it's just my optimistic view of having a job security and room for growth with a decent salary.
  7. by   lmaldo
    - Age? 41
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN) 7 years
    - City / State San Francisco, CA
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) $44.57/hr
    - Benefits: Full Benefits
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay) Orthopaedics, but no difference in pay, BSN - 2% differential
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool Shift: PM's - 3 to 11:30 pm $5.50/hr shift differential
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse. Staff
  8. by   ursulanursula
    If you'd like to respond, I would like to know:
    - Age?-- 31
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN)-- 3.25
    - City / State-- Eastern Canada
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr) $27.14/h + $3.00/nights, $3.00/weekends
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None (for type of benefits) Full
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay) - No
    -Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool --Rotating shifts (12 hour days & nights)
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse. Full time.
  9. by   emrrn915
    If you'd like to respond, I would like to know:
    - Age 41
    - Experience :14 years
    - City / State: Spokane Washington
    - Salary : 82k plus bonus
    - Benefits: Full
    - Specialty: Workers Compensation case manager
    - Shift / Pool: Day
    - Staff / Agency: Full time
  10. by   Justhere
    Age?35
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN)RN New grad/LPN 15 yrs.
    - City / State Arkansas
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr) $19.61 (they gave me 7 yrs experience torwards my RN since I was an LPN for 15 yrs, new grads start normally at $16.50 at my hospital) Then I get 18% shift diff for nights, 30% shift diff on weekends
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None (for type of benefits) Full
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay) Nursery $1.00 for specialty area
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool Work 7p to 7a
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse. Full Time
  11. by   LEVODEVO
    Hi,I'm an RN with ADHD,even have the initials ADHD,next to my name after RN, on a custum name badge I have...anyway..already forgot most of you questions,so I'll just give youa bunch of info and u can pick it out
    I make $49.86 an hour...will ratify new union contract this coming tuesday...after 3 years I will make $55.02 per hour
    I work 36 hours a week...OT'S we short during the summer,starting to pick up big time..
    I work 7a-7p,every 3rd weekend..my eve and weekend and diffs average out to about 3 bucks an hour....we take turns doing charge/resource nurse and that is 3 bucks an hour..do this about 2-3 times a month
    I am a staff RN...we have no travelers/agency in my ICU..there are few in the hospital...probably due to the strong union/high wages..our OR nurses are almost all agency/travelers...we had a bunch that were all of the same age group and retired all at once...our acuity is incredible and I guess ti has been tough to get local RN's to train for OR...
    I have been at my hospital 20 years this February...
    my wife the witch carries the health insurance...she is also an RN. if I were to carry it,right now i'D BE PAYING 15% to the hospital's 85%...our next contract has changed that to 20%/80% it's the same for full or part timers..something the hospital tried to change...they wanted newcomers to pay more..way more...we stuck to our guns,most of the newcomers are out kids and we want to encourage good RN's to come here..we won
    I live in Pascoag,Rhode Island,but work in Worcester,Mass...26 miles away..Rhode Island is in the dark ages with wages and are paying the price(pun intended).agencies from Rhode Island call out ICU all the time with day shifts...$10,000 sign bonuses and 58$ an hour...when Woonsocket R.I. opened up their new cardiac unit..they found they had docs up the whazzooo.but no experienced RN's..and crap pay...I have my $18,000 sign on bonus letter taped to the outside of my locker...it makes me feel good at the end of a long day...
    Rambling as usual...I'm 51 been a nurse for about 25 years
    I've worked in nothing but ICU,right out of nursing school...Trauma 18 years...now combo of SICU/TRANSPLANT/CARDIOTHORACIC/VASCULAR..the airheads that run the hospital just built 3 beautiful new ICU's too bad no one to work in them..TRAUMA ICU...is wicked busy...I used to be stationed on a HELO CARRIER.. I think I see more landings here,then I did on that ship...so the RN's in Trauma are beyond burnt and will take advantage of these new icu's and finally escape...it's never the patients...but about 98% of trauma is associated with dysfunctional families,and the support at my place sucks..and the nurses can;t do it anymore...
    I don;t do nites..but diff is 5.00..eve 3.50...weekends...3.00...charge...3.00...preceptor ...1.00 so we all refuse..i think it went up with new contract..
    Boston about 25 miles away is about 10-15% more in pay..and their acuity gets spread around,,,we're in central mass and we get all of new england and new york and the islands..even canada/border..not to mention the folks from the caribean who fly into the country for the first time and have their free surgery the next day...Boston is one of the most expensive places to live in the world,never mind the country..so we do ok
    that's it rambling man is signing off.....
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    - Age? 51
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN) 31 years
    - City / State Nashville, TN
    - Salary $24/hr not counting $300 once a month for o/c pay.
    - Benefits: Eligible but don't need them.
    - Specialty HH
    - Shift Days
    - Staff Full time
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Oct 29, '06
  13. by   MIA-RN1
    - Age?37
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN)new grad 5/06
    - City / Staterochester ny
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr)$20./hr plus shift-diff
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None (for type of benefits)full but they are not free
    - Specialty (if you are working in a specialty area that might affect pay)maternity
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Poolstraight eves
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse.full time staff

    Thanks so much for your assistance. You can reply here, or to me directly. Thanks again![/QUOTE]
  14. by   icugirl33
    - Age? [34]
    - Experience (# yrs as an RN) [1 BSN]
    - City / State [Fort lauderdale, FL]
    - Salary (prefer hourly wage as full time equivalent) (ie, $32/hr) [29.32] & [32.67]
    - Benefits: just need, Full, Partial, None [Full] [prtial]
    - Specialty [Managed care] & [Telephone triage]
    - Shift / Pool: put shift # if you only work a specific shift, if rotation then put Pool
    - Staff / Agency; put if you are a full-time staff or agency nurse.[Full time & Part time.

    I have 2 jobs, Full time in managed care and PT doing tephone triage

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