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$39/hr Wound RN pay in Fort Worth, TX. Fair? or should I negotiate for more?

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by Jujubee21 Jujubee21 (New) New

I was offered $39/hr to be a wound RN in outpatient clinic in Fort Worth, TX. I have no wound care certifications. Is this a good offer for an RN of 7 yrs with 2 yrs wound care experience? Offer includes $2,500 sign on bonus but no relocation assistance. This is the first offer, should I counter offer? Just seems a little low for me since I'm from CA and our rates are much higher. I'm trying to factor in cost of living. Any advice would help!!!

madwife2002, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN. Has 26 years experience.

Good Morning and welcome to allnurses! It is a great place to find an answer to all your questions about nursing

I am sure you will receive good answers to your questions

rearviewmirror, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

I'm going to guess that the system you work for in ft.worth starts with T and ends with R, if I'm not mistaken. I had couple of colleagues quit and move over to that system and they tend to love it way more than other systems, because they can afford better staffing because their administration doesn't suck as bad (although they have their problems I am sure).

I was an ED nurse until I recently quit to get off the bedside, but 7 yrs exp with $39, holy smokes??? I think that's pretty good considering other nurses I worked with had 20+ yrs and was making $40 something, but wound care is its own specialty. Hope you find better answer!

That's a solid offer considering the location and your experience as long as it is a full time with benefits position and not a PRN job. It will end up being around $75k depending on OT and such, which is above average for DFW.

The cost of living in SoCal is approximately 50% more than DFW and housing is approximately 136% more expensive in SoCal vs DFW, according to a quick Google search. In other words, housing is more than twice as expensive in SoCal.

The other bonus is Texas does not have a state income tax. Cali takes 9.3% of the average RN salary for state income taxes (between $50k and $250k).

Adding up the lower cost of living and the lack of a state income tax will likely show that this offer is pretty solid.

$39 per hour is great pay for RN in D/FW area. Signing Bonus was a nice offer.

Don't look at the pay so much, look at the cost of living.

There is a reason why so many companies are leaving California and relocating to D/FW area

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I'm originally from California. I have been living in Fort Worth for the past 10 years. $39 hourly is damned good pay for an RN in this part of the country. I work with nurses who have 25+ years of experience who haven't surpassed $35/hr.

The cost of living here is a consideration. In Fort Worth you can purchase a nice house for $90k to $125k or rent a decent apartment for $600. My house is 1,800+ square feet, was built in 2004, and cost $105,000. You cannot live this cheaply in CA.

Thanks PinayUSA! BTW, the job is in southwest part of Fort Worth. Can you suggest the good areas in Fort Worth for someone with a 2 yr old?

Thanks ThatBigGuy for breaking it down! It is a full time position with benefits. I am seriously considering the offer.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Thanks ThatBigGuy for breaking it down! It is a full time position with benefits. I am seriously considering the offer.

If you don't take it I wish I could!!!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Thanks PinayUSA! BTW, the job is in southwest part of Fort Worth. Can you suggest the good areas in Fort Worth for someone with a 2 yr old?

The southwest part of Fort Worth is highly regarded, especially along Bryant Irvin Road, Oakmont, and Overton Ridge Blvd. The Hulen Street area is also a good part of southwest Fort Worth, but it is somewhat congested during peak times.

Other clean parts of town include North Fort Worth along Western Center Blvd, Northwest Fort Worth (Saginaw), and Northeast Fort Worth (Keller, Watauga). The area near Texas Christian University will be close to southwest Fort Worth, but it is pricey.

Benbrook and Crowley are suburbs that are only five miles from where you will be working.

VANurse2010

Has 6 years experience.

That's a solid offer considering the location and your experience as long as it is a full time with benefits position and not a PRN job. It will end up being around $75k depending on OT and such, which is above average for DFW.

The cost of living in SoCal is approximately 50% more than DFW and housing is approximately 136% more expensive in SoCal vs DFW, according to a quick Google search. In other words, housing is more than twice as expensive in SoCal.

The other bonus is Texas does not have a state income tax. Cali takes 9.3% of the average RN salary for state income taxes (between $50k and $250k).

Adding up the lower cost of living and the lack of a state income tax will likely show that this offer is pretty solid.

Yes, but the tradeoff is that you have to live in Texas

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Yes, but the tradeoff is that you have to live in Texas
I personally think many parts of this state are ruggedly beautiful. My issue is this: there seems to be a plethora of people here who are undereducated and 'backwards.' In addition, most of the 'isms' (ageism, racism, sexism) are socially acceptable here.

Compared to living in California, Texas is much cheaper. I wouldn't worry about not being able to make ends meet on that salary, it sounds like a pretty good one. :)

I'm also a Filipina. Is there a good sized Filipino community out there? What are some issues that you find hard in TX? Someone said there's racism there and it's socially accepted. Have you experienced anything like that? How bout Filipino food and Asian markets?

MyPrnPleaseBSN

Specializes in Psychiatry.

Take the darn offer but it sure doesn't hurt to pull a leg and an arm to negotiate, you never know.!!! LOL but I am trying to be as polite as possible but there are Filipinos everywhere and plenty of markets. Fort Worth is nice and diverse area, you will feel right at home :) enjoy!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I'm also a Filipina. Is there a good sized Filipino community out there? What are some issues that you find hard in TX? Someone said there's racism there and it's socially accepted. Have you experienced anything like that? How bout Filipino food and Asian markets?
I work with several Filipinas. I live in southwest Fort Worth and there are multiple Filipino families in this part of town, including my neighbors who live in the house behind me. If you wish, I can send you a PM with some Filipino contacts in this area.

I really wanted to be in the low $40's range and tried to negotiate. They just increased the offer to $39.50. LOL I guess that's better than nothing. I'm glad that I asked though, I had to find out before moving across the country. But from what everyone is saying, it is already a great offer and a great start with that company. I haven't accepted but will tell them my final answer tomorrow after talking it over with my fam. Thanks for all the advice everyone!

Karou

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 1 years experience.

I'm also a Filipina. Is there a good sized Filipino community out there? What are some issues that you find hard in TX? Someone said there's racism there and it's socially accepted. Have you experienced anything like that? How bout Filipino food and Asian markets?

Congrats on the job offer! For DFW, that's great pay. We have a lot of nurses from the Philippines in the area. Do you know anyone who works in DFW? If so try to contact them because I know there are shopping centers and other businesses specific to that culture. A good percentage of my coworkers are from the Philippines and they really stick together and take care of each other.

Texas isn't physically beautiful but in general, it's a great state to live and work in. DFW in particular actually has a lot of diversity and fun activities/things to do. The weather in summer is smoldering hot, and our winters can be really unpredictable. Freezing one day, warm the next. We also get sleet and ice and no one knows how to drive on it.

Again, congrats!