Moving to Charlotte- any insight on pay, location, hospitals

U.S.A. North Carolina


Specializes in ICU, CCRN.

Hey guys,

I’m looking to move to Charlotte and currently work in Raleigh. I’ve heard the pay is less in Charlotte which would be a huge draw back for me.

I have 5 years of ICU experience and have my BSN as well as my CCRN.

Does anyone know of any pay ranges that may put me in?

I am not opposed to trying different specialties, I actually would like that.

Also looking to probably move around mint hill or concord, any area I should avoid or hospitals to avoid?

Thank you again!

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

Novant hospitals pay more than Atrium, by $5-6 more per hour. And their insurance is better. I've worked for both hospital systems. The Atrium system is huge, so once you get in there, you can go anywhere.

Mint hill is a nice area. Novant just built a brand new facility (community hospital) that opened in October, but there are several good hospitals in the Concord area too (including Atrium-Northeast, a level III trauma center).

Specializes in ICU, CCRN.

Thank you for the insight! $5-6 a hour difference is huge.

I’m in the process of purchasing a home that is just 10mins south of concord mills. Just on the border of Harrisburg. It looks like there are a lot of surrounding hospitals to choose from.

Besides the difference in pay does either hospital have a bad reputation at all? Or just different pros and cons.

Specializes in Varied.

Novant prides themselves on self-improvement and truly values their nurses. I would highly recommend any facility Novant owns. We are chronically low-staffed, but they do pay us well! Novant constantly looks at improving pay.

Specializes in ICU, CCRN.

Thank you! I just accepted a position at Novant, super excited to start! How is the new hire orientation? mines in May downtown Charlotte.

Specializes in Varied.
7 hours ago, CalishortyRN said:

Thank you! I just accepted a position at Novant, super excited to start! How is the new hire orientation? mines in May downtown Charlotte.

Tedious tbh. Benefits are great though. Definitely worth the trouble!

Specializes in Intermediate Care Unit.

@professorcait, @inthecosmos, & @CalishortyRN

Recently quit my job due to unsafe patient ratio & workload; before moving back to my home state, I was thinking of trying to apply to other hospitals in NC; how is the culture at Novant, & Atrium? Nurse-patient ratio? Shift differentials?

I know Novant's base rate is $27/hour? How about Atrium?

I still can't DM anyone on here, so hopefully you'll see this and take the time to answer my questions. Thanks!

Specializes in Varied.


shift diff is 4.00.
weekends is 1-2$ (I am not 100% sure as I work only weekends and get paid differently for that).
culture: is great. Nurse-centered.

Truthfully, it’s a good place to work.

Also, if you’re looking for a unit to work on, I know ours is hiring. I don’t want to openly post the name of the unit, but I will be glad to give you my info. There are referral bonuses ?

Specializes in Intermediate Care Unit.

Please text me at (818) 570 8054 so we can talk more about Novant. Thanks!

Hi! I am also looking at relocating to Charlotte as my husband got a great offer. Do the hospitals offer incentives for extra shifts picked up? I am assuming I will take a cut in hourly pay but am just trying to figure out just how big of one!


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