Low salary same work

  1. New grad here. I just got hired at a place where the pay is lower than other places. I just don't know if I should take it if I'll be doing the same amount of work as a place where they would be paying higher. The staff seems supportive and the facility is clean. Someone I know just started working here via an agency and is getting paid more.
    Should I take the job or hold off on it?
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  3. by   caliotter3
    How many other job offers do you have in hand?
  4. by   Tiabluesky
    As of now 1-2 lines up. I am still looking and applying places
  5. by   zeppeus
    how much is average pay for lvn in your job market if you don't mind me asking ?
  6. by   Tiabluesky
    Quote from zeppeus
    how much is average pay for lvn in your job market if you don't mind me asking ?
    New grads in some places are getting $25-27 an hour. This place is currently paying $24/hr
  7. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Can't compare to what an agency nurse is receiving as they often get premium rates and no benefits.
  8. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from Tiabluesky
    New grads in some places are getting $25-27 an hour. This place is currently paying $24/hr
    But do you have an offer from a facility that pays higher?
  9. by   knotizer12
    Well, as a new grad, you don't have a whole lot of "pull" when negotiating salary. That being said, I would still advise you to do it. Also think about what kind of skills you can learn at this job that you can put on your resume. Do they offer stuff like ACLS or wound care?
  10. by   FrankieLVN
    always shop around, anything is possible as a new grad.
    i myself started at 22hr as a new grad at a subacute. was working there for about 2 months or so, and landed a job in case management starting at 27.72 plus bilingual premium which is about 28.66 and receiving a raise this month, employer paid dental, and healthcare through Kaiser paid for as well. PTO, Sick leave etc. the works.

    they say new grads cant get jobs, it all depends on how badly you want it.
    be assertive and you can accomplish anything.
  11. by   Elektra6
    Sometimes it's worth working in a great facility for a little less especially as a new grad. If they like you, you can always get more money in the future.
  12. by   kbrn2002
    You can't compare your pay to an agency nurse, they are of course paid by a different company than the facility they are working at plus agency almost always gets premium pay, agency nurses are also experienced so you have to factor that in as well. What you need to know is if the offer you received is in line with local wages for nurses that are at the same level of education and experience that you are at.
  13. by   NurseBlaq
    Peace of mind is a lot better than salary, unless there's a dire need for the higher salary.
  14. by   Ddestiny
    Things to consider:
    1. A better work environment is worth more than $1-2/hour. Toxic environments will have you burnt out or running for the hills in no time.
    2. Are the staffing ratios the same? How about your # of CNAs to help?
    3. Are there any on-call hours required?
    4. What are the non-pay benefits? Having better insurance will more than make up for the hourly rate discrepancy.
    5. Are the places similar location to you?
    6. Are the shifts the same (8 5hrs, 3 12-hrs, etc; days, nights, evenings)? Same weekend requirements?
    7. From which ones do you actually have an offer in hand?
    8. Which places will help you with your longterm goals (return to school, preferences in specialty, family requirements, etc)?

    Pay is just a tiny part of the equation.

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