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McAllen Nursing Pay

Hi everyone,

I saw a lot of old threads on how terrible mcallen is and the low pay. Has any of this changed? Does any one have any current pay information and info on the hospital there?

my husband was offered a promotion there and is strongly considering it. I am a little nervous moving from phoenix to Texas.

I currently have 2 years med/surg/tele experience and a masters in nursing education.

Thanks for any advice and guidance!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

With two years of experience, I imagine you would be offered no more than the mid $20s ($24 to $26) at most hospitals for a bedside job in the Rio Grande Valley.

Thank you both for responding. It's a tough decision if his promotion will be worth me losing a loss in pay.

the pay at my hospital in Phoenix for 2 years experience is about 31.50. So that's quite a difference.

Also my spanish is not good. We are fortunate to have several translators.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

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

Yeah you NEED to know Spanish! I never went as far as McAllen (I stopped at Robstown & Kingsville). But even there knowing Spanish is a must. If you're planning on moving I would start studying Spanish.

Thank you both for responding. It's a tough decision if his promotion will be worth me losing a loss in pay.

the pay at my hospital in Phoenix for 2 years experience is about 31.50. So that's quite a difference.

Also my spanish is not good. We are fortunate to have several translators.

Yes you will take a pay cut, but the cost of living there is less, so it will not be as big a cut as you may think.

This site shows that it is 16% cheaper to live in McAllen vs Phoenix, so dropping $5/hr will be about even. Heck, $31.50/hr for a 2 yr nurse is higher than around here.

Could you get by not knowing it, probably, most of your co-workers will speak it and can translate and help out, but life will be easier if you learn it.

Even here in Houston you need it. Once I finish my BSN I am going to start learning Spanish (more than my high school stuff I learned 25+ years ago).

Edited by Nalon1 RN/EMT-P

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