Quote from zahryia
I don't understand why no one has replied to this post?
I am not a Nurse yet. So, I can't answer that question, but I do understand your concern. I believe that most people want to know "how much they will make" and "how much to expect." Life is NOT free and we all need to make money in order to live. That being said, many people forget about that once they "have the job" or were taught to never discuss money. I don't really get it, but that is our society.
Many people will tell you to go to sources such as salary.com, but I've had many jobs in different states and I find salary.com to be inaccurate. Statistics are a tricky thing. Imagine you live on a street where everyone on the street makes 20,000 a year and then Bill Gates moves into the last house on the street. Well, statistics will say the average homeowner there makes 1.2 million a year. OR it could cancel out the extremes...Bill Gates and the other guy down the street that is an "artist" and makes $5000 a year. Or they could take the mode or median. I think you see what I am trying to get at. Looking at stats doesn't really tell you much unless you know HOW they arrived at those stats.
The point is that because "our society" is so hush hush about money, people tend to not want to tell you what to expect. It's not like you are asking, "How much do YOU make?", but they hear/see the word money and they shut down. What can I say?
Anyway, in the Augusta area I've heard new grads start off between $18.50 and $20/hr. However, I am a firm believer in the power of negotiation. Set the rate at which you feel that you deserve based on your skills and experience and ASK for THAT amount per hour. I wish you both the best and happy job hunting.