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Pay in LA, San Diego, or Sacramento area?

Specializes in Cardiac.

I live in the Chicago area. I am paid $53/HR. I hear that California RN's make $70-85/hr-Staff Rn's. Is that true? I have 21 yrs. experience as a Tele nurse.

JB

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

You can realistically expect to earn in the high $60s per hour or greater if you land a unionized job in Sacramento or the SF Bay area.

However, I seriously doubt you'll ever be offered more than the mid $40s per hour in LA or San Diego. The difference in nursing pay rates between Northern CA and Southern CA is striking.

You can realistically expect to earn in the high $60s per hour or greater if you land a unionized job in Sacramento or the SF Bay area.

However, I seriously doubt you'll ever be offered more than the mid $40s per hour in LA or San Diego. The difference in nursing pay rates between Northern CA and Southern CA is striking.

Actually, with 20 years plus experience, op will be in mid 50s atleast, in large unionized facilities. Bay area sounds right if not more for staff jobs but it fluctuates quite a bit. Question is, do they want to pay that much when they can hire someone else with less experience due to budget.

jnb1740, BSN

Specializes in Cardiac.

zzbxdo, do you live in the California area? I have a friend that has 18 yrs. exp. in San Diego. Her Staff flat rate (day shift) is $56/hr. So you sound more right on. It sounds as though, I might find $70/hr. in SF or Sacramento as a staff RN. In response to whether they want to hire an experienced nurse over a younger, less experienced one. I hear your argument, however, younger nurses tend to move around (leave the facility) more, thereby costing the hospital more in turnover $$. Plus, they usually need more training.

jnb1740, BSN

Specializes in Cardiac.

How much does in-house Flex (non-benefited or limited benefits) pay in SD, LA, SF, or Sac.?

James

You can't discuss Sac vs SF wages without taking COL into consideration. We were just looking at rentals this weekend, 2 bd apt *starts* about $2,800 but more available above $3,300. (Thank goodness for rent control!)

jnb1740, BSN

Specializes in Cardiac.

I see many 2500-3000 5 bed SFH's in Sacramento suburbs for 450-500K. A 30 yr. mtg with good credit and it's 2500/month P&I. It's only about $1,000/month more than Chicago with better weather in Sacramento. I don't like the cold summer in SF, but Sacramento is warmer. So my feeling is that if I can make $20/hr MORE in Sacramento vs. Chicago, that's $3200/month MORE. So what if I have to pay $1000/month more for my home. That is of course if I can get a staff job in Sacramento at $73+/hr.

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