What's good pay?? - page 2
Hey There I've looked here and there and of course every place is different. I am a person who doesn't really mind moving away once graduating, but what is the best I can get? I am talking about... Read More
Nov 14, '02Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 10South central Pennsylvania's starting salaries are $18-19/hr. New Jersey starts at about $20/hr.
Nov 15, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 38; Likes: 1I work in Denver, Colorado. I started out at $20/hr. I work days, but the night differential if I were interested is $5/hr more.
Nov 15, '02Occupation: Pedi RN Joined: Sep '00; Posts: 2,728; Likes: 109Our facility in East Tx (not far from you) starts at $17, is close to your home but far enough away to be independent. Housing, etc. about the same as Ark.
Nov 15, '02Occupation: RN Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in ICU, nutrition ; Joined: Jan '02; Posts: 905; Likes: 281Hey, Arkansas, I'm originally from Arkansas, too, but I've been living in South Louisiana for 4.5 yrs now. I've been a RN for a year and I started last January at just under $15/hr plus shift diffs of $4/hr eves and $5/hr nights. I got a 10% differential in July for working in critical care and a 4% raise last month (across the board for all nurses in the hospital). I'll be up for my annual raise in January and I hope it will be another 4%. The hospitals in New Orleans (about 2 hr from here) start around $17-18/hr for new grads and some of them offer a weekend differential as well as eve/night diffs.
I heard Houston is paying huge amounts of money, but working in an area with such an acute shortage may not be the best learning environment when you get out of school. I had a really good orientation and I feel pretty confident now in my ability to assess and care for my patients.
Go to the place that will give you the best orientation for a year or two, then branch out and go wherever your dreams take you. If you're a nurse, you ought to be able to find a job anywhere.
To the person who posted about living in Fayetteville, AR: I lived there too for about 4 years and I have to agree, the COL is way to high for the salaries they pay! The rest of Arkansas is not that way though, not even Little Rock. I can't wait till the day I get to move back (but not to Fayetteville).