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Registered Nurse Salary Purchasing Power Across States

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tnbutterfly - Mary is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

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What should one consider before moving to another state for higher pay?

When searching for a job, one needs to be careful to take into consideration more than just the published salary as that does not tell the whole story. Here are some tools that will help you to make wise decisions when comparing job opportunities. You are reading page 2 of Registered Nurse Salary Purchasing Power Across States. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Hi when you say average salary, do you mean this is the salary of newly qualified nurses in the state or this includes nurses wt experience. Thanks

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This was very informative! I planned to go to grad school for Nurse Anesthesia in Arizona but I wanted to work there for a little bit before applying. It seems like my numbers would be better in Arizona that it would if I stayed where I currently am in South Carolina!

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tnbutterfly - Mary is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

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tnursegirl said:
Hi when you say average salary, do you mean this is the salary of newly qualified nurses in the state or this includes nurses wt experience. Thanks

This is the average for all RNs. Once the full interactive results are released you will be able to see the salaries by state for age, experience, gender, specialty, degree, license.

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tnbutterfly - Mary is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

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VictoriaxB said:
This was very informative! I planned to go to grad school for Nurse Anesthesia in Arizona but I wanted to work there for a little bit before applying. It seems like my numbers would be better in Arizona that it would if I stayed where I currently am in South Carolina!

These avarage salaries are for RNs, not APRNs or LPNs/LVNs. You will be able to see those figures in the full results of the survey.

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In response to Caliotter3 about the artwork. They are all nice with the exception of the state of New Mexico. We have beautiful mountains, sunsets, other scenary and what they give us is an alien face, hmm.

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OK let me get this straight...

To MAXIMIZE your income potential and job prospects regarding state:

1) you want LQ to be low to maximize job opportunity

2) you want RPP to be low to adjust for cost of living

3) obviously everyone wants taxes low :)

4) To maximize income, 1-3 need to be low but you also do not want an income less than 50k....

That sound about right?

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Hang on a second:

West Virginia's LQ is 1.47? Hospitals across West Virginia are BEGGING for nurses and even including sign on bonuses of up to 10K

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tnbutterfly - Mary is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

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drkshadez said:
OK let me get this straight...

To MAXIMIZE your income potential and job prospects regarding state:

1) you want LQ to be low to maximize job opportunity

2) you want RPP to be low to adjust for cost of living

3) obviously everyone wants taxes low 🙂

4) To maximize income, 1-3 need to be low but you also do not want an income less than 50k....

That sound about right?

A higher location quotient is better because it indicates a higher concentration of employment opportunities in that area when compared to the average concentration.

This link provides lots of additional graphs and comparisons.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics.

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This is a really good reference. Im in arizona and make 73k so wander how many years of experience they are basing their data on

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tnbutterfly - Mary is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

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Happy85 said:
This is a really good reference. Im in arizona and make 73k so wander how many years of experience they are basing their data on

The figures here are an average of all RNs in Arizona that responded. The full interactive results will be published very soon. You will then be able to see the average salary for a nurse with your experience, specialty, degree, etc in Arizona.

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8-ball has 10 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU, and IR.

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SO we want LQ high, RPP low, and adjusted income high... That's it I'm moving! TN I always knew you didn't pay enough, plus housing here (Nashville) is going up to ridiculous amounts making the average person not able to buy anymore. Thanks for this info.

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ArrowRN has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med Surg, Vascular, E.N.T.

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Why people eyeing Florida so much? My first year as new nurse in Florida, I made more than the stated average. This is of course with night shift differentials. Even within a State earnings vary widely by location and type/ size of system you work for. Some in Fl barely get over $40000 in first year. So basically this survey says nurses make the same no matter where they go. Before jumping state lines, try crossing county lines within your state before you make that big move.

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