New Nurses in Flordia

by JayK JayK, CNA (New) New Pre-Student

Hi everyone, I am currently a nursing student in California. For the past few years I have wanted to move out of California, for personal reasons, once I am done with nursing school. Florida is on the top of my list of places to move to, specifically in the West Palm Beach area. Does anyone have any insight on what the salary is for a new nurse in that area? I have tried looking online but I am seeing different salaries. Also, what is the cost of living in that area? Any help would be much appreciated.



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Hey! While im not in the West Palm Area, I am a new grad on the gulf coast FL (waiting to take the NCLEX). So far I have been offered two jobs in my area they offered:

1) Days in the PICU paying 28/hr

2) Nights in Peds ER/Trauma Center paying 32-33/hr with differential

There is some range depending on hospital and area but most will be arounf the range of 27-34 with differentials being typicall 3-5 for nights from what I've seen and heard with my cohort. If you have any questions about hospitals in the area or even over on the east coast don't hesitate to reach out!



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Thank you for this information! What is the realistic cost of living in Florida? Single guy with a one or two bedroom apartment.



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I live in Palm Beach County, FL! Most new nurses here make around $28/hour base pay. Unfortunately cost of living is extremely high here. For a 1 bedroom in west palm beach, it’s probably $1700 a month. I live a little more south of WPB so I know of the rental prices in the area. Florida, especially PBC, is very high in demand right now so you will pay a lot in rent to live here. Good luck!