Which state pays best for new RN grads??

  1. Hello. I'm graduating this year and was wondering if anyone knew which state or area offers the best starting salaries for new grads? And also anyone know of any openings in these states or areas? Take care!
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  3. by   JBudd
    Its not the dollar amount as much as the wages and cost of living in the area ratio.

    My hospital hires new grads (NM).
  4. by   VORB
    I'm not sure you'll find an objective source for this info on new-nurse wages.

    The Dept of Labor has info on nursing wages per state however. But like the previous poster wrote, you'll have to take into account costs of living as well.
  5. by   chicookie
    Not Florida that is for sure. Even with the cost of living, its weak!
  6. by   VORB
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    Not Florida that is for sure. Even with the cost of living, its weak!
    I have a friend who fell into a weekend nights (FR/SA/SU) schedule in Florida 3 months out of school for $31.70/hr. You could do a lot worse.
  7. by   chicookie
    Quote from VORB
    I have a friend who fell into a weekend nights (FR/SA/SU) schedule in Florida 3 months out of school for $31.70/hr. You could do a lot worse.
    I wanna work there!
    Normally for a new grad its $19 an hour for day shift. Nights and weekends here where I work only adds $8. (It depends on the area too. I suppose)
  8. by   1a2s3d
    It's amazing how smart our founding fathers were! Never read that one before. Thanks!!
  9. by   gracet84
    ive heard that nurses working in southern FL get paid more than northern FL. Not sure if its true tho. However, i did check out the pay in jacksonville, FL. like chicookie said, it was VERY low..
    Like others have said.. remember to take into account the cost of living
  10. by   TeeTee,RN
    I hear new grads make close to $28/hr in Philadephia and they definitely have a shortage there. There is not a shortage in alot of cities, but Philly has one.
  11. by   keithjones
    Seems like in the same town you can make anywhere from $18 to $38 an hour with varying working conditions, hours etc. Weekend night float pool is the best combo from what I read since their are premiums for weekends, nights, and floating, but those positions often don't include benefits. Everyone always wants to know where to go to make the best money but it's funny to see people making far more in the same vicinity because they went to the right place.

    Just my opinion but from what I've read here LTC seems to pay the least for the most responsibility (ratio wise) for the worst working conditions and the most liability. With the economy as it is though take what you can find get experience and move when you get the requisite experience and can find something better.
  12. by   FranEMTnurse
    New York City hospitals pay well, but rent is very high there. You probably would have to commute.
  13. by   swirlything
    I just got offered a job in the Orlando, FL area. Days at $20.85/hr for ADN, I know they pay a little more for a BSN. Weekend shift diff is $3.20.

    I should also add that there's no shortage of nurses here. A lot of new grads are not even able to get interviews.
  14. by   April, RN
    Quote from 1a2s3d
    Hello. I'm graduating this year and was wondering if anyone knew which state or area offers the best starting salaries for new grads? And also anyone know of any openings in these states or areas? Take care!
    At this point, it seems the big question is "which states are hiring new grads"? Boston starts new grads at $28-$30+ an hour. The cost of living here is high though, and finding a new grad position is very tough right now.

    Good luck in your search!

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