Published Aug 14, 2004
Hey. I'm new to the state and have read that the pay rate is low for nurses. I will be working as an LPN for a while, can anyone tell me what the average pay is at a hospital and nursing home in Pensacola area? Any info on pay rates with staffing agencies? It was $24/hr in MI. Thanks for any info.
RNPATL, DNP, RN
I am sorry that you have not received a response yet, but sometimes it takes a little while for nurses from his part of the State to respond. I thought I would reply so that it would kick this thread back to the top of the list and perhaps others that live in this part of Florida can read your message and hopefully give you the information you are looking for. Good luck in Florida.
Duh, I just realized that you asked about agencies. When I applied (I chickened out 'cause I like routine) it was about 16-20.
Yeah, it sucks. The whole job market's pay rates suck. My hubby is a maintenance man and is making a lot more in Bradenton FL than he would here. It's the military retirees. They go looking for jobs and those jobs know they don't have to pay them as much because of their retirement checks. In return, it's got the whole economy down.
However, I don't think the cost of living is too terribly high.
LPN pay is not real good in this area in any venue, few hosptial jobs... but I do know if you work nights pool you can make around 17 an hr. FT hospital and or nursing home probably around 12....that is low, but consider FT starting RN pay for new grad is around 15.......
do not know what agency pays
Most of the RN's in this area don't make 24.... Pool at my hospital for RN is 25...30 for nights.....don't know for LPN's..
not sure about pensacola, but when i worked in sebastian, fl, (southeastern side) rn pay was $21.50/hr base...and i had 11 years of experience. even as a traveler, in that particular area it was only $25/hr. good luck. i loved living in fl, but the pay was kinda sad.
most of the rn's in this area don't make 24.... pool at my hospital for rn is 25...30 for nights.....don't know for lpn's..
Pay in my area for starting RN is about $16, with a few years of experience that my bump it to $20-$25. LPNs average few $ less than that.
I had to smile when I read that the military retirees are to blame for the panhandle's low wages. While I would agree that hypoth. might pass in some career fields it doesn't hold much water for nursing and many other fields. In the many years I've been here, it's quite obvious the low wages are due to 1) little "hard" industry 2)lack of unions 3) tourism-based economy. Bottom line is that for those that leave for higher pay elsewhere, there are still people to take their place willing to work for the offered pay . Simple supply and demand (not necessarily because they have supplemental income).
It irks me when I hear someone say, "well, you get paid less in the panhandle because your cost of living is so low."
That may have been true a decade ago, but the low cost of living is rapidly fading away. I origin from NJ with family scattered through CT, PA, etc. While housing costs still are lower than the Northeast, our local millage tax rates, utilities, insurance, etc are comparable (in my $160K house policy I pay $1100 in homeowner's insurance and $300 for the Flood Insurance Premium, our average water bill is about $75/mo!)
Good luck and hope you find something that works for you.
I wanted to share that I lived in Pensacola for several years.My husband grew up there so he got a wild notion that we needed to move.Well the pay rate is horrible.I am and LPN and do critical care peds home care.I worked for both Baptist Hospital and Northwest Florida Home Health plus agency work.The agencies only paid sixteen to eighteen an hour.Knowing that you can bill for thirty-six or thirty-seven that pay was not great.I got only twelve at Baptist.One place I applied only wanted to pay me eight dollars an hour to start.It was a place that had several wards of disabled children on vents.Oh yeah and at night I would be alone with about two aids on a hall.If you ever worked with kids on vents you would know that thats the kind of job that screams GO TO PRISON.So I dissed that one.I made fifteen a visit home health with great bennies so thats the way to go.Make sure that you have at least a year in the hospital before you get into any area.No one wants to pay a new grad much if they can get away with it.Oh yeah and the cost of living was lower than the Northeast but not that much lower.I have lived in several states and did not see much difference.Usually when cost of living is high jobs pay more but its still the same because it takes all you make to live anyway.So I say be prepared to sacrifice for living in a resort area.Have a great day!
I had to smile when I read that the military retirees are to blame for the panhandle's low wages.
Phil, while I agree that it is not any one reason for the panhandles wages...I do feel that the military is a contributing factor. Yes, I understand that nursing, per se, is not a field that retirees are getting into...if the whole economy is pulled down...nursing is bound to be pulled down as well.
Oh well, just MHO. :)
Don't know about the panhandle, but agency jobs in "Greater" FL starts at $20.00 generally depending on job. Hospice pays around $16.00.
Baylor at Nursing homes hires will generally be $19. - $20. Regular Nursing homes are starting at $15.00 and up.
Corrections (State) have started OPS positions where they are paying $21. with no benefits. Have no idea about hosptials they are few and far between.
:balloons: Good Luck!
no one is mentioning private practice pay for an LPN. this may be an option for me due to a very busy teenage daughter as well as a busy preteen. the hours/schedule would be beneficial for a mom who needs time for kids. Anyone have any $$$ ideas.
The pay here sucks. Cost of living has doubled for owning a home and even doubled for rent. My rent for a 3 BR townhouse was $1250!!! With a pay rate of a puny and pathetic 19.47 per/hr I cant do this! Hurricane Katrina caused the housing to sky rocket. Its the old "supply and demand" business term. People took advantage and many realtors got rich. Hmmmm...maybe I should go into real estate?
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