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  1. Ard123

    2017 Nurse Salary

    This is an update. As of August 2017, my gross salary is now expected to be 172k this year with minimal overtime (maybe 32 hours of total OT since the beginning of the year). I will also probably get an additional 2500 from education pay. I'm going to push to get a little more overtime this year to reach my goal of180k, which would be an all time high for me. Our union is also undergoing collective bargaining at this time, so I'm hoping that the bargaining would result in even higher pay (hopefully).
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    2017 Nurse Salary

    So I'm going to add to this post. The reason we live and get paid so well is because our unions fight for us to have good wages and good working conditions. I know that there are people in other parts of our country who want more pay, better working conditions, more recognition. You deserve it, and I will tell you that it is possible. If you're already in a union, reach out to your rep and get involved. Fight harder, smarter, and with more people. That's how we did it here.
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    2017 Nurse Salary

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    2017 Nurse Salary

    The apt is in hayward, work is in sj. I got this apt a while ago and I know the landlord who hasn't took it upon himself to raise renthe very much. it's ok, not the best, but it's a place to live, and so far I'm saving at least 800 + / month compared to other places, which will help for a home down payment . I figure a bit of sacrifice now will be a nicer return in the future.
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    2017 Nurse Salary

    How much bonus do you get a year (on average)?
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    2017 Nurse Salary

    as of feb 2017 Location: northern Cali, san Jose Job type: RN, outpatient for urban area, I work remotely 70% of the time, sun-thurs, 9-5am, 40hr schedule. I'm pretty efficient, so I actually probably only work 36hrs/week with 4 hrs down time/week Base pay + weekend differential/hr= $74 + 7.40= $81.40/hr = $169,312/year (does not factor in overtime) Cost of living: It's all relative, but if you'd like to compare my pay, here is a COL conversion calculator PayScale - Cost of Living Calculator Living situation: $1750/month for 2 bed apt, but I plan to rent out 2nd bedroom for 850/mo in 3 months Overtime (separate from base pay): I've worked 12 hours OT since the beginning of 2017 (1.5 differential of base, hourly after other weekend diff is $118/hr). So add an extra 12x$118= $1420 to my total pay at the end of the year... and I plan to work a bit more Benefits (separate from base pay): the usual- comprehensive medical, dental, vision; 401k plan with 1% matching; free gym; 3 weeks vacation/year; 2 weeks sick leave/year; mileage reimbursements if I have to drive; 30 hours paid ed time plus up to $500 travel accommodations if out of area; planning to get Spanish speaking differential (50cents/hr more) if I can get myself to study; and health spending account that will allow me to shelter 2500 from taxes this year when I get some dental/vision work done;all in all, employer estimates approximately $30k in benefits; So all in all (pay plus ot plus bennies as of Feb 2017)= 169.3k+1.4k+30k= 201.7k Not bad, Look forward to paying the bills, savings, and having some fun
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    2016 salary thread

    Positives: A good union will fight for your wage and rights. We all heard of horror stories of staff being fired by employers at the drop of a hat. Or workers being exploited, Whether it be working unpaid after hours, having unsafe patient/nurse ratios , etc. A good union make it harder for those situations to happen. Your union is as good as its participants. The more active and influential members are, the better collective bargaining outcomes become (example , northern California where the average rn hourly is above 65/hour and nurse/patient ratios don't exceed 1:5 on medsurge).getting this bargain TAKES THE HARD WORK OF A COLLECTIVE TEAM. That being said, unions are meant to make the working conditons of its members better. For all of you anti socialists who think unions kill competition and jobs, I have nothing to say other than I'm probably getting paid more and living better than you because of my union, and my workplace is still financially solvent despite the collective bargaining measures they need to adhere to. Negatives: You pay dues. But, like anything good, its got to be financially sustained to operate well . Your union is only as good as its participants. The less motivated/less active/less influencial a union is, the less they can bargain for you. Makes sense right? (Example, north Carolina, where average union wage is 23/hr) do you see where I'm going here? So for folks in NC, if you want to see the change you deserve (and trust me, it can get better), collectively get up off your butt and start using your union to make the changes you want to see.
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    2016 salary thread

    This is an end of year update from my initial post. As of today, my base hourly pay has remained 71.25/hr, or about $150k/year base salary (does not include overtime). After factoring overtime (I did about 100 hours this year), I've been able to increasing my gross taxable pay for 2016 to about $175k. Not the $200k target I was shooting for, but not bad at all for this year. COL is still high in Oakland, Ca for everyone else but me, because I still have a pretty good rate for my living situation; I'm paying $1000 for one of two rooms in a shared 2 bedroom apartment (parking and utilities included) in a rent control area, when market rate is about 1300-1500 for just one room (not including utilities). The pot is going to get sweeter next year. I anticipate a 4% raise to 74/hr, and a 10% hourly diffrential when I switch over to a guaranteed 40hr/week alternative schedule, brining my hourly to 81/hr (168k/year without overtime). Plus, in addition to my bennies (dental/medical, 401k, employer matching, hsa) my pto gets increased to 3 weeks/year. I'm still a staff rn level 2 with 4.5 years experience (not management) I got to thank the Man above and the union for this setup.
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    2016 Bay Area CA Nursing Pay

    You make a valid point. I am considering relocating from Oakland to Sactown because of the COL difference, but I'm hesitant about the 105F summers and 30F winters (Ok, perhaps the weather example is a bit pale in comparison with what the rest of the country has to deal with, but I grew up in SoCal, so my perception of hot and cold is a bit off). What is the going rate in Sacramento area now a days?
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    Rn-bsn new grad.pay per hour 2016

    Not bad for a new grad, I'm still only at 71/hr after 3 years at an outpatient specialty, but then again I work days with no differential.
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    2016 salary thread

    Sarah, as much as I love the appeal of the city, I've chosen to live in Oakland because of the COL woes that you're experiencing, and am paying less than half of what you pay for housing. I seriously think only individuals making 200k and above a year consistently should be dropping that much money for a place to stay. Perhaps you should consider moving to East Bay or further south in the peninsula (ie Daly city or So San) near the Bart, or get a place with roommates.
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    2016 salary thread

    Sarah, as much as I love the appeal of the city, I've chosen to live in Oakland because of the COL woes that you're experiencing, and am paying less than half of what you pay for housing. I seriously think only individuals making 200k and above a year consistently should be dropping that much money for a place to stay. Perhaps you should consider moving to East Bay or further south in the peninsula (ie Daly city or So San) near the Bart, or get a place with roommates.
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    2016 salary thread

    Thanks for the insightful post. The only drawback to my situation is that I can't find a similar set-up anywhere else in the country if I decided to move (not that I would, but the option would be nice). Which brings me to another point- I think rns get paid too little everywhere else for the amount of hard work we do and the liability we take on. Everyone in this field needs a serious pay raise. I'm a complete advocate for stronger unionization elsewhere in the country ,; the CNA collectively raised wages here in northern california. Unionization is the only realistic way that I can see rns in this country bargain for higher and more fair wages.
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    The "increase minimum wage" issue.

    t Not to be sarcastic, if you want the change and equality: work for it 1. one needs to put in the work to educate themselves of the inequality (snoop around: mgma is a good source to find MD pay, most institutions/organizations disclose their CEO pays on their financial statements, ask- you'll be surprised what you find) 2. one needs to find other like-minded people to share this information with 3. organize a group of like minded individuals who are tired of the inequality (umm, a union?) 4. get ready to stir the pot- strikes, boycotts, petitions to your government officials, get the news involved, make viral videos that get other people to support the cause of lessening the inequality 5. negotiate for better conditions when you've pissed off enough people How well your collective accomplishes the above steps is the best chance there is to get the pay/life you deserve. Can it happen? Yeah, the process above is exactly why I'm getting paid the way I am. If the good people of my union didn't put the in the sacrifice and work to fight for better RN pay in Northern California, I wouldn't be on this forum inspiring you to go for the same
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    What is your take home pay as Nurse Practitioner?

    I put a lot of thought about the lifestyle costs of working and living in California as an RN in comparison to other places in the country, and here is my quantitative analysis of the costs and benefits of working in Oakland, Califonrnia: First off, I am working as an RN with 3.5 years experience, base pay 71.25/hr, full benefits; base salary $150,000 a year, but due to overtime, I've already increased my income ceiling to date to about USD180,000 (working an average of 42hrs/a week). Trying to get to $200K (if I can leverage OT and work an average of 45hrs/week) This is a high cost of living area, but I found a COL calculator by CNN Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city? - CNNMoney just to see if my pay justifies the COL (Includes an estimate for housing, food, transportation, taxes, etc) Here's what I found plugging in my region, and base salary of 150,000 (just the base, no overtime included): My base salary of 150,000 in Oakland, CA is equivalent to: ... Making 178,000/year in brooklyn (Approx $85/hr) ... Making 146,000/year in boston (approx 73/hr) ...Making 103,000/year in Atlanta (approx 51/hr) ... Making 119,000/year in Chicago (approx 60/hr) ... Making 122,000/year in Philidelphia (approx 61/hr) ... Making 111,000/year in Las Vegas (approx 56/hr) ...Making 190,000/year in Honolulu (approx 95/hr) ...Making 115,000/year in Miami (approx 56/hr) ...Making 87,000/year in Memphis (approx 43/hr) ...Making 103,000/year in Charleston (approx 51/hr) Browsing through the forum in the respective areas above, most RNs don't seem to make the income above in their respective region, with the exception of a few RN's in Las Vegas (correct me if I am wrong please, I'm always curious about pay updates in other parts of the country) The above may not always be true for all individuals, as COL may vary based on personal spending habits, but generally speaking, somebody living a middle class lifestyle should expect the COL estimates above. In summary, living and working in my part of California is generally more profitable than most (if not all other) parts of the country. In practice, I'm finding the above to be true, as I am able to substantially save up to 50% of my after tax take home pay. What does this all mean? I might have to pay more up front to live in Oakland, CA area with a slightly higher COL than many parts of our country, but the pay here outpaces the cost of living in comparison to what other RNs are paid elsewhere. As an added benefit, although owning a home costs more, the resale value of a home in this area is relatively stable. In the long run, even if I have to pay more for a house, the home will be worth even more when I sell it, leaving me more money for retirement and/or the option to roll it over to an even larger/grandious home elsewhere in the country. Lastly, you can't beat the weather.
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