I think a lot depends on how long you have been a nurse, what area of nursing you go into, and where you live. In the area I live in starting pay for new grads is around $20hr- $24hr. Experienced staff nurses make $30hr-$36hr. Then you have to add in benefits (ins, retirement, vacation, holidays, ect.). Agency nurses can make quite a bit more than this but usually do not have the benefits. Then there is OT. I know nurses that make 100k/yr, but they work themselves to death. It all comes down to what you think is good pay, and what you are willing to work to make it.