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Pay in Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater?

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Can anyone shed some light on hourly rate for an experienced, inpatient RN? Or any inpatient RN for that matter?

I have more than 5 years experience and will be applying to inpatient positions in the next year or so. Right now I'm transitioning out of travel nursing, so I'll be with Baycare Mobile Pool which obviously pays higher than a normal staff gig.

BLS has the mean hourly for nurses in the Tampa-St Pete-Clearwater area at $32.21, but this isn't inpatient specifically. Glassdoor has estimates that are as low as $22/hr and as high as $38. Quite the range.

I know it's going to be a pay cut, I'm just trying to figure out how much to expect. Any information anyone can give is appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi there, I feel like it’s a wide range as well. I came from the north (MN). The pay is definitely a lot lower here. I have had 2 positions in a private practice clinic and the pay ranges were $24-$25/hr.

I also had a job offer for LTC/Rehab facility that offered $26/hr. 

Not sure about impatient RNs though.... 

Baycare is very reputable, but hard to get into. 

Good luck. 

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Extremely low.  I was offered $23-26 with 10+ hospital experience.  Cost of living is actually cheaper where I was moving from than Fl and the pay was $12/hr less.  I couldn't do it.  Good luck.

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Thanks guys. I'm trying to reconcile what I'm used to with the reality of the situation.

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On 1/20/2019 at 10:46 AM, Jessy_RN said:

Extremely low.  I was offered $23-26 with 10+ hospital experience.  Cost of living is actually cheaper where I was moving from than Fl and the pay was $12/hr less.  I couldn't do it.  Good luck.

Curious where you were applying that you were offered such low pay? Was this in a hospital? 

I was hired as a new grad in Tampa several years ago making $26.83 base to start as floor staff. I'm currently doing agency work, but thinking about switching back to a staff position soon. Recently received an offer at $32.50 an hour with 4 years of experience. Didn't take it ultimately- decided to keep pressing on with agency till I can't take it anymore lol. 

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On 1/26/2019 at 12:48 PM, EllaBella1 said:

Curious where you were applying that you were offered such low pay? Was this in a hospital? 

I was hired as a new grad in Tampa several years ago making $26.83 base to start as floor staff. I'm currently doing agency work, but thinking about switching back to a staff position soon. Recently received an offer at $32.50 an hour with 4 years of experience. Didn't take it ultimately- decided to keep pressing on with agency till I can't take it anymore lol. 

Ella where do you work? Just curious which hospital and what kind of unit? Thanks 

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Apply at Baycare. Work mobile pool if you can. It’s $45/hour. Night shift is $5 more shift differential for any nurse. You can easily make $35+/hour dayshift with experience. It depends on specialty. They pay well.

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$35/hr for real? I already work with the mobile pool, but I'm looking to go staff so I can transition to ICU, and I assumed they paid lower than that for staff. Nobody wants to talk pay with the mobile pool nurse that makes bank.

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Pay in the area isn’t the greatest.

I have 5 years of experience and was offered 32.32. Night differential was 5$.  1$ for working the weekend. 1% bonus annually for extra skills (precepting, holding a critical care certification, providing advanced therapies).

Baycare mobile pool pays 45-50$ an hour but you have to be willing to move around every 3 months. I don’t know how much you can depend on always getting a next contract. 

One thing to keep in mind is that the area is expanding very fast. The cost of rents has skyrocketed over the last few years and car insurance is quite expensive. Some areas are downright scare to be living in. In my experience, the salaries don’t add up to how much it now costs to live here, and because of that, I didn’t end up staying.

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To be fair, car insurance should be expensive here. I have never driven around so many lunatics in my life.

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Unfortunately there are tons of people who drive around with no license, no registration, or both. This makes the cost of car insurance very expensive for those who choose to get it. I pay 3x what I used to pay up north :-s

 

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Yeah, it's way more expensive for insurance down here. But I also don't have to get my car inspected every year, which is nice. We bought a house, which was crazy the way the market was, but at least we aren't subject to the rising cost of rent.

Mobile Pool isn't too bad, except over the summer. We get called off first for low census, which makes sense, but apparently there were a lot of people last summer who were cancelled to the point of not being able to pay rent. I met a lot of staff nurses who left the Pool because of that. I was on a floor that was hemorrhaging staff so I didn't have a problem. They do warn us its going to happen and there's plenty of OT in the winter, so some of it is about planning. They also don't let you do two consecutive contracts at the same hospital, so if you can plan to be at one of the larger hospitals in the summer, you are less likely to get called off all the time than if you are at one of the smaller ones. But you don't know that until you're in the middle of it all.

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