How do your wages compare with other states? Do you get benefits? What are you really worth?
If you're an LPN, the median wage in the USA in 2000 was $14.15 per hour, with a low of $10.34 to a high of $20.10
If you're an RN, the median wage in the USA in 2000 was $21.56, with a low of $15.33 to a high of $30.94.
A physical therapist in 2000, earned a median wage of $26.35, with a low of $18.51 and a high of $40.08.
A CNA, in 2000, made a median wage of $8.89, with a low of $6.48 to a high of $12.69.
In 2000, the median wage for a computer programmer was $27.69, with a low of $16.84 to a high of $44.81.
Some occupations per wage hour, that require only on-the-job training (in 2000 using median wages) were:
Air Traffic Controllers $36.71
Elevator Repairman $24.74
Carpet Layers $22.63
Some occupations per wage hour, that require post-secondary education or an Associates Degree (in 2000 using median wages) were:
Dental Hygienists $26.71
Registered Nurses $19.37
Massage Therapists $17.72
Computer Support Specialists $17.16
Some occupations per wage hour, that require a Bachelor's Degree or higher (in 2000 using median wages) were:
Surgeons $70.00 ++
Chief Executives $50.06
Internists, General $64.73
Computer and Information Systems Managers $32.67
Computer Software Engineers, Applications $31.33
Information compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Career InfoNet
Are nurses wages really too low? You decide.
Oct 10, '02
Great answer, Renee !
We decide what we're worth. We may never be compensated accordingly (in terms of $$), but I sure do sleep well at night knowing who I am. To me that is worth more than all the cash in the world. Knowing my own worth makes all else pale in comparison. And as far as my patients go.. to them I am priceless. So what I don't receive from the "corporation" I have enough of myself to draw on, and that keeps me going..as well as knowing what I'm worth to my patients. Money's nice, it helps, but it sure can't replace the other ! I've seen years without a plug nickel...but I've always held onto my selfworth. If I can look in the mirror and like what I see.. look into my soul and find all is well...what more can I ask?
Last edit by jnette on Oct 10, '02