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How Much was your First RN Paycheck?

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by sophiemer642 sophiemer642 (Member)

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I'm just wondering. I'm not trying to get in nursing for the money, but I have heard a lot of other nurses complain about how low their income was as a new nurse. 

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silverbat has 22 years experience and specializes in Care Coordination, MDS, med-surg, Peds.

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In 1996, central MO hospital $10.40/hour!!!

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llg has 40 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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South Central Pennsylvania in 1977.   Staff nursing in a level III NICU.

$4.51 per hour.    $.25 differential for evening hours, $.50 for nights.   $.25 (I think) for weekend hours ... and $.50 per hour for being the Charge Nurse.

When I left after 2 years to go to graduate school ... I could make just over $6.00 per hour is I were in Charge on a weekend night shift!    And getting over that $6.00 mark was a real thrill.

2 years later (at age 26), I was working in Chicago with my MSN as a CNS -- making a salary of $25,000 per year.   I felt rich.

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peacepilgrim66 has 24 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Geriatrics.

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1994 my starting pay was $13/hr.

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In 1996 I started at $12.60/hr.

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JBudd has 38 years experience as a MSN and specializes in trauma, teaching.

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In 1981, $9 and some change, an hour.  Minimum wage was 1.23 or so.  Almost 9 times the minimum wage!

Now, less than 5 times the minimum wage........

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RainMom has 7 years experience.

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My paychecks have been consistently about the same as my prior job as an office manager/chiropractic assistant.  My actual pay is greater but now I have benefits & 403b contributions withdrawn; previously I only had taxes taken out of my checks, so the $5/hr boost in pay was eaten up. 

Even now after several yrs & raises, I mostly bring home about the same (unless i have a lot of OT & sometimes my checks are smaller than what I used to bring home if the OR is slow) because I increase my retirement contributions each year.

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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In 1997 my starting wage was $14/hr. and I thought that was amazing. By the end of my career I was making $30+/hr. Now my son is an RN who makes $57/hr. I shoulda stuck with it!

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Started 2 years ago (2017), earning $28.50

Left that job because I didn't feel like I was being compensated well compared to my workload. Sought another job, same type of work, and now I'm earning almost $10 more than what I used to earn.

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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In 1983 I was making like $4-5 per hour...too long to exactly remember

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BiscuitRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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2015, made $28/hour

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience as a MSN and specializes in OB.

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$39 base pay, $3.50 night differential for med/surg in NYC in 2008.  I just tried Googling what that hospital pays a new grad now out of sheer curiosity, to no avail.  

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