How much do you bring home a week? New Grads in NC.. also do you get alot of overtime

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Hello I still have a while before I graduate nursing school but I was curious about how much you bring home a week as a new grad in NC or similar states that start out around 20 dollars an hour. While they say the salary is around 45,000 a year I calculate way less. Which seems crazy to me because I am going to school gaining a bachelors degree and my dad is going to be making way more money than me and he never attended college. But anyways thats just a off topic rant. Also was curious if you get alot of overtime.. especially if you are around the Davidson county, Greensboro ish area. I have plans to work as much overtime as my body will allow for the first couple years before I have kids.

/username, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. 526 Posts

Salary is mostly dictated by market values and cost of living in your area. It is completely irrelevant how much your dad is making, and with an estimated 20 years more work experience than you, he should be making significantly more, degree or not. Overtime is not guaranteed, and some hospitals will not allow you to work "as much overtime as [your] body will allow." Unfortunately, this is something that you won't really be able to answer until you start working and learn your facility's policies regarding overtime. Additionally, you likely will not be able to pick up any shifts until you're off orientation, regardless of where you go. However, orientation lengths vary greatly by facility, so you'll also have to wait to find this out until you start working.

ONCRN2017

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Salary is mostly dictated by market values and cost of living in your area. It is completely irrelevant how much your dad is making, and with an estimated 20 years more work experience than you, he should be making significantly more, degree or not. Overtime is not guaranteed, and some hospitals will not allow you to work "as much overtime as [your] body will allow." Unfortunately, this is something that you won't really be able to answer until you start working and learn your facility's policies regarding overtime. Additionally, you likely will not be able to pick up any shifts until you're off orientation, regardless of where you go. However, orientation lengths vary greatly by facility, so you'll also have to wait to find this out until you start working.

Well the dad thing kind of was relevant because I could quit my job right now and work where my dad does and make the same I would as a starting nurse. Maybe even more because they don't have part of their paycheck taken out for insurance. I just want to make sure this is worth it or if I need to start planning to further my education after nursing school.

Stephalump

Specializes in Forensic Psych. Has 2 years experience. 2,723 Posts

Sometimes I wonder where people get the idea that nursing = rich. I mean, I know people who make good money, but it's either after years of experience or they work multiple hours/lots of overtime. My mom supported us comfortably as a nurse....with 2 jobs working 5-6 12 hour shifts a week.

My husband never went to college and has been working as a welder for three years and makes more than I do.

Stephalump

Specializes in Forensic Psych. Has 2 years experience. 2,723 Posts

Also, there are calculators online whee you can calculate take home pay 👍

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown. 1,419 Posts

Sometimes I wonder where people get the idea that nursing = rich. I mean, I know people who make good money, but it's either after years of experience or they work multiple hours/lots of overtime. My mom supported us comfortably as a nurse....with 2 jobs working 5-6 12 hour shifts a week.

My husband never went to college and has been working as a welder for three years and makes more than I do.

Right; my aunt has been a nurse for a while now and she makes a decent amount, but she works a lot and is also a floater. The money doesn't come easy, haha. OP, why did you go to nursing school? Genuine question.

If your dad is in a union and your hospitals are not, that could explain it.

20/hr sounds a little low in NC from what I hear, but not way off. It really depends on where you are, too... West state probably earns less than Research Triangle area

ONCRN2017

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If your dad is in a union and your hospitals are not, that could explain it.

20/hr sounds a little low in NC from what I hear, but not way off. It really depends on where you are, too... West state probably earns less than Research Triangle area

This is true my dad is in a union actually. But actually triangle area is kind of low compared to where i am which is between gsboro, winston salem, and charlotte.

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU. 3,663 Posts

My ex husband does not have a college degree and makes a boatload of money. If you become good at a trade, that is honestly where the money is. College degree does not equal money. It just means you are more marketable. His brother who has a masters degree cannot touch what my ex makes.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

Yep - it's all about supply and demand. If you really want $$$ in my area, go to HVAC school!!!