In 1993 when I began flying for a 24-hour shift (just to show up basically) $200.00/day plus extra "flight pay" for each flight. I learned never to accept what I was offered. When my contract came up for review I asked for $300.00/24hr plus flight pay and milage, since I worked in very remote areas. You need to understand what you are offering a flight company. Also, reimbursement for your ACLs, pals, etc. etc. Don't be shy because you want this job so badly, that's when you usually take what they offer, and then you might regret. Bargain from a position of strength. If you're going to do ground, tell them you expect the same rate of pay. As of this minute, I'm sure flight nurses make more today.
You need to understand how dangerous and challenging this job is, and you have to be on the money at 3 am as if it were at 3 pm. As the RN you're going to call the shots because you have no way of communicating with a doc. When you take your advanced course for flight nurses you will learn to intubate, place a subclavian line, put in a chest tube, etc. It's a great job, fun, exciting and as I said dangerous. Good Luck! fltnrse2