Hourly vs Salary Position

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by Sadnewgrad Sadnewgrad Member Nurse

Has 1 years experience.


Hi all! I'm probably gonna be offered a position in an outpatient surgical center (not attached to a hospital system) where I will be paid hourly. My current position is in a major hospital system where I’m currently working bedside and it’s salaried. I absolutely hate working bedside and I’m looking to leave for my own mental health and sanity. I need some advice on which you would choose and why. Thank you! 


Specializes in Critical Care. Has 7 years experience. 827 Posts

I prefer to be paid hourly; I found that as salaried I usually worked closer to about 45 hours per week and obviously wasn't compensated for that time. 


ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Med-Surg, NICU. Has 7 years experience. 1 Article; 2,549 Posts

A salaried bedside position? I have never heard of that. 

Hourly is so much better. 

Davey Do

Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,844 Posts

Hands down, hourly.

I was hired as a NS for a 35 hour a week salaried position which turned out to be more like 50 hours a week.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 30 years experience. 31,319 Posts

14 hours ago, Sadnewgrad said:

 I absolutely hate working bedside and I’m looking to leave for my own mental health and sanity. 

Hourly or not if I felt like this I would take the hourly.  

Personally I like getting paid hourly and for the time I'm working and overtime when I go over 40 hours.



175 Posts

I have also not heard of salaried bedside positions. 

I would say the answer depends on the position. Hourly- you should be getting compensated for any overtime. Salaried jobs tend to be more flexible...eg you may work late Monday and take off a bit early on Friday, or you have the flexibility to go to the Dr/ have a longer lunch. Again, that's totally dependent on the job itself. I prefer exempt.  

No Stars In My Eyes

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience. 2,820 Posts

I worked for a company that seemed unable to decide to pay by salary or hourly, or per visit (in Home Health). We had our pay method jerked around so many times that I think by the time I was retired, I was earning less because of those continual changes. Who cares about the nurses pay? Not the company that is always trying to figure out how to get more $$$ for themselves; nurses were just warm bodies to cover cases.

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 20 years experience. 3,572 Posts

Hourly, that way you are guarantied to  get paid for all the hours you work. Unless of course the salary position allows scheduling flexibility that you need which a bedside position sure wouldn't.  The other consideration for salary being a better option is if you are the sort that likes to come late, take long lunches and leave early, I've worked with a few managers like that in the past who worked at most 30-35 hours while I am sure they were getting paid for the full 40 hour week.  I've never heard of a salaried bedside position by the way,  didn't know such a thing existed.