Quote from christina.adams2889
So after reviewing my year to date paycheck, I'm bringing home $1300 every 2 weeks including my evening and night shift differential. So really my take home yearly is like 35K!!!! Is it just me?! How is everyone else surviving?! We just bought our first home for 104K and I'm like how do people handle this?! How do you save for repairs and a roof and windows? I thought after years of nursing I wouldn't be this broke and depressed!!!!
Where do you work? At $33 an hour with only $1300 every 2 weeks take home means you have quite a bit taken out either for health insurance or retirement. I make about $34/hr with night differential and my take home is about $1750 (no 401k or health benefits yet, that starts January 1st). Where I used to work, I was paid $24/hr and my take home there was $1300 every 2 weeks on days (no differential, no 401k, and $65 per pay period for health insurance). So, what you're making per hour is actually not too shabby for upstate NY (I work in Utica, used to work in Cooperstown). You also have to consider what other jobs in the area are paying and those are nowhere near $33/hr which is why nurses actually live pretty well compared to many other people in upstate.
Now, what really sucks, is that nurses upstate also seem to "top out" at a certain level...and that's unfair. A lot of new grads are coming in making only a few dollars less than RN's with 10+ years experience who have already hit the limit of what hospitals will pay. And there's also a lot of hospitals that pay their med/surg nurses the same as their ICU or ER nurses.
What seems to be the norm for a lot of upstate nurses is taking travel contracts. If you're willing to make that sacrifice, you can double your pay...it just means either commuting 50+ miles to get to work or staying somewhere for 3 days and going home the rest of the time. Upstate hospitals are bursting at the seams with travel assignments.