As an RN, I make about the same wage as a skilled tradesman (carpenter,painter, plumber). The extra money comes into play if I work a double (16+hrs) or have overtime, or come in my my day off to work extra.
I can only speak for myself, and there is a point where the money doesn't matter as much. I work 10 hr days routinely, when it's supposed to be 8 hrs. I rarely can take a break. It's so busy & there's just not enough staff or time to do it all.
My phone rings nearly every day I have off- my employer asking me to work an extra shift. We always seem to be working short.
So, you might be able to earn some decent money, but after a point, you get so tired and burned out, you would rather stay at home.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, $30/hr is standard day shift new grad pay (not including shift differential). But basic starter homes cost at least $440,000 or so in the suburbs, and a 1 BR apt. is about $1,000/mo (nothing fancy).
You can look at average wages at www.salary.com