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How much are nurses making?

Posted

Specializes in Orthopedics. Has 4 years experience.

I am just curious on how much nurses are making in Washington state? If you don't mind sharing please do, i'm going to be starting nursing school in a couple of months and want to get an idea on what the pay might be like. Thank you! :)

I would look up the job information on WA state's links.. if you go to the state gov home page they have some great job/salary info.

Base pay for RN's in WA parts, (RN new grads aka no experience...), is around 24 to 25 dollars per hour... shift differentials and experience will increase it from there.

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Reno1978, BSN, RN

Specializes in SRNA. Has 6 years experience.

For the hospitals covered by WSNA, the contracts could be found online. I'm not sure about other hospitals, but my contract includes salary and differential information.

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kat7ap

Specializes in Mother-Baby, Rehab, Hospice, Memory Care. Has 8 years experience.

As a LPN with 2 years experience in a hospital I made on average about $20.50/hr with my evening and every other weekend shift differential. However this was hardly enough to support myself and my husband in the Seattle area (one reason why we moved a few months ago). New RNs start off about $24-25/hr before any shift differentials which are usually about $3-5/hr more.

pererau

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

I've found the 24/hr starting range to be pretty universal throughout WA

Larry77, RN

Specializes in Trauma/ED. Has 10 years experience.

New grads start out at 27 and change at our hospital...

I have found that the more rural community hospitals are offereing a higher pay scale to try and get nurses to come work there. For most city, suburban hospitals, 24/hr is for sure the norm!

You really need to pay attention to the benefit package of the hospital though. You may get hired on and making 27/hr, but have to pay a pretty good premium every paycheck for benfits. On the other hand, you can get hired and make 24/hr and be at a facility that offers free medical and very minimal premiums for dental/vision. Don't just focus on your hourly rate!

romie

Specializes in Not specified. Has 3 years experience.

I know that salary wizard is not the end all be all authority on nursing pay, but it appears that the average RN in WA makes more than $65K a year. I am particularily interested in RN pay in Seattle. I am an RN with 7 months of Med surg experience under my belt and plan on moving to either WA, OR or CA when my year is up based on the pay and cost of living index. Any nurses living on Capitol hill or the U district living comfortably enough to pay off student loans and have a car? Private me, if necessary.

kat7ap

Specializes in Mother-Baby, Rehab, Hospice, Memory Care. Has 8 years experience.

I know that salary wizard is not the end all be all authority on nursing pay, but it appears that the average RN in WA makes more than $65K a year. I am particularily interested in RN pay in Seattle. I am an RN with 7 months of Med surg experience under my belt and plan on moving to either WA, OR or CA when my year is up based on the pay and cost of living index. Any nurses living on Capitol hill or the U district living comfortably enough to pay off student loans and have a car? Private me, if necessary.

Well you will not be making that much with only one year experience unless you work OT. Your base pay in a hospital will be about $25-26/hr. Living comfortable varies from person to person. If you are a single person I would think you could rent an apartment, have a modest car, and pay off student loans.

I have 7 years of RN experience ( not in the USA). How much could I make?

Nurse4life09

Specializes in Med/Surg, OR, HH,Case Management. Has 6 years experience.

I know that salary wizard is not the end all be all authority on nursing pay, but it appears that the average RN in WA makes more than $65K a year. I am particularily interested in RN pay in Seattle. I am an RN with 7 months of Med surg experience under my belt and plan on moving to either WA, OR or CA when my year is up based on the pay and cost of living index. Any nurses living on Capitol hill or the U district living comfortably enough to pay off student loans and have a car? Private me, if necessary.

Hey I was making 24/hr at UW with a car paying off student loans with 800/mos rent and i was doing fine. I actually bussed to work so it cut on my parking/gas to work, but in Seattle you pretty much need a car because our bus system SUCKS!!! Or at least, you have to transfer 5 times to get anywhere.

romie

Specializes in Not specified. Has 3 years experience.

Thanks for the response. That is still better than what we RNs are making here in Chicago with 10% sales tax. 24/25 to start plus rent is alot higher. It's a shame that RNs in Chicago make so little considering that it is the seat of the State Boards of Nursing Association and home of NCLEX.

Perpetual Student

Specializes in PACU. Has 4+ years experience.

Thanks for the response. That is still better than what we RNs are making here in Chicago with 10% sales tax. 24/25 to start plus rent is alot higher. It's a shame that RNs in Chicago make so little considering that it is the seat of the State Boards of Nursing Association and home of NCLEX.

Sales tax here is about that high.

R*Star*RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med-Surg, IMCU/Tele, HH/CM.

I started at around 25/hr with 2.50 shift dif for eves. Nocs is $5. More on weekends. It goes up a dollar a year, plus COL raise. Pay scale max is 48/hr.

At 32 hours a week I made about 50k my first year with minimal OT.

Hi,I am new to this site.I am planning on relocating to Bothell,Washington. I have been an RN for almost 6 years and LPN for over 5years.I currently have a georgia and florida RN license.I will be appying for a washington licensce.:nurse:I would like to know what are the best hospitals to work at and what is the general pay scale for an experienced nurse? I heard that Harborview,Swedish,Virginia Mason and Washington State hospitals are good. I also would like to know what are good areas to live?

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