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Negotiating Salary for Nurse Supervisor

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by RavensFan2001 RavensFan2001 (New) New

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Hello! I'm just looking for some opinions.

I was working on a hospital unit for more than 7 years. I transferred to a position with a lower pay grade in March 2016, but my hourly pay at that time did not change. Today, I was offered a supervisor position on my old unit with a 6% pay increase from my current pay. This is the time to negotiate my salary, so I was looking for suggestions. The hospital is just outside the DC area.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average annual salary for a registered nurse (staff nurse) was $67,490 in 2015. I was offered $68,571 annually for a 36-hour work week. This offer actually comes out to a lower base salary than what I currently make ($71,676 at 40 hours/week). In my 7 years on the unit, I have 3 years experience as a charge nurse, plus, I was the scheduler, a preceptor, a super user, and I was in charge of the annual competencies for the unit. I was pretty much already doing what I am expected to do in the supervisor position. In addition to all that, I do have my certification. It is not a requirement, but it is a preferred qualification.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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Congratulations on the position offer, RavensFan!

If the numbers are in the ballpark of being fair, go for it! It's really the ride that's important, as the numbers are a means to an end.

To bring it back home, I had a supervisory position in a home health agency where some of those nurses I supervised made more money than I did. But working in a position that I had before had experienced and gaining a new perspective on the workings of a healthcare agency, being a part of all that- was a real rush.

Good luck to you, RavensFan!

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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What would you have to lose by counter-offering? I would counter-offer.

As an aside, I am in a lower cost-of-living Southern state. When I accepted a salaried nurse supervisor position in late 2013, the offer was $72,000 yearly for three 12-hour shifts per week. This was actually a pay cut compared to my regular floor nurse position.

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Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately, comp wouldn't budge. But I want the position, so I accepted. I will actually end up making a little more with shift differentials and holiday pay. But I had to try! 😊

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RNNPICU has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PICU.

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I was going to ask you to factor in the shift differentials because with that you would be making more than what you are now.

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