Is starting at $21.40/hr low for a new grad?

  1. Hey yal,

    I'm a new grad with no experience, I just landed a job making $21.40/hr, is this low for starters?
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  3. by   fergus51
    Depends on where you are.
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    Hi and congratualtions on your graduation and first job.

    There are a lot of variables in pay for nurses. Area, cost of living, salary of other nurses, whether or not you are union.

    21.40 is more than some and probably less than others. But, my opinion is that is a very good base rate for a new grad.

  5. by   Spidey's mom
    It's good.
  6. by   nialloh
    In north NJ, new grads get $23-25 per hour. Cost of living is high here though. From what I hear, thats good elsewhere.
  7. by   oramar
    The new grads that are starting with me tell me they are getting $18.00. That is normal for Pittsburgh where the cost of living is low.
  8. by   Lalage
    That's approx. what new grads make here in Ontario...but you do move up the pay scale quickly if you work full time.
  9. by   Fox
    In Michigan starting pay for new grad is $19.00 per hr.
  10. by   glascow
    I'm in Louisiana, I'm not sure what new grads make. I have been a RN for 11 yrs and that's just $2 less that I make!
    The local hospitals cap their nurses pay at $25.00.
    Do they cap salaries in other states?
  11. by   ?burntout
    If you got that rate at the hospital I work have hit the jackpot!!!!! :roll
  12. by   kimmicoobug
    New grad here and I get twenty an hour. So, that seems like a good rate to me. I think the cost of living is low here, so my new wage seems really good considering my living expenses.
  13. by   live4today
    The day hospitals pay nurses no less than $30.00 per hour from newly licensed nurse and higher with the more years one has been working as a nurse will be a day I hope to live to enjoy!

    The pay STILL sucks! We work very very very very hard and deserve to be paid as well as General Motors pays their janitors and assemblyline workers. We deserve to get paid as much if not more than plumbers, electricians, telemarketers, etc.

    WHEN will that day come!!!!
  14. by   kimmicoobug
    Wow, do GM workers make more than a new grad? If true, that is shocking.