I'm in Michigan. That's "reasonable" for nurses (new) around here.
You have to consider all sorts of things when asking whether that will be enough money to live on though.
At that rate you will make about $864 per week.
At least $150 of that will be taken out in taxes.
You will probably want benefits (sometimes they are mandatory) and those will most likely run you at least $50/$100 per 2 week period.
Rent around this area is probably between $700-$1000 depending on if you want 2 or 3 bedrooms.
Summer isn't too bad, but winter incurs some pretty high expenses. Heat + electric for even an apartment will probably run about $150-$200/month.
Groceries - $75-$100 per week.
Automobile - $300/mo. ulness you own your own.
Insurance - Homeowners/renters/auto/etc. $100/month.
Cable TV/Satellite/Internet/ETC - Pick what you like. Probably at least $50 /mo.
Now, that's just around here (pretty decent cost of living). If you add all those up using about average or in between some of the figures I gave you you'll have about $600 left per month for other things (gas/food/clothing/eating out/movies/Christmas/etc.). While I think it's "okay" money that really isn't a lot left for "just in cases".
If you're talking Califormia from what I hear EVERYTHING is more expensive in Califormia. I think is some areas you can't even buy a house for less than like $400,000 (and that is a one bedroom one bath - certainly not big enough for a family). My brother lived in Sacramento about 8 or 9 years ago and their rent for a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment was $1600 per month. :trout:
I guess there are lots of things for you to look into. Yes, the weather is really nice in CA but I don't know how anyone can afford to live there.
Good luck!! I hope you find something.