Published Aug 22, 2001
I was wondering, since I'll be in this position soon. I've come to believe that RN's get paid about 40,000 a year right out of graduate school, which averages to about 20.00 to 22.00 dollars an hour, is that accurate. Or have I been painted a bad picture? Also, from what I've been hearing on this website..RN's deserve a lot more. And I believe it to be true, according to the work they do and from what I hear in general. In addition, I believe better pay scales for RN's would ultimately diminish the nursing shortage and more importantly (in a way) bring some more deserving respect to the nursing field.
Hi there malestudent-bsn,
You are not too far from me! I live in Conneaut which is about 70 miles east of you. I work in Ashtabula County at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. Been working there since December 2000. I average about 20.80/hr. I have been an RN for 4 years now and have a BSN. I worked in Erie PA prior to that for 3 years and made 4 dollars less an hour in PA. So you are not too off base!
Good Luck with your career!
Of course, if you're looking for more $ you've got to come to NYC. The closer you are to Manhattan the closer to $30.+/hr you'll get. Don't forget differential for degree, shift, certification, and depending on the hospital, a sign-on bonus. Though I keep forgetting about that higher cost of living, maybe you could bring a friend/2 - share expenses?
BTW I hope that's not the only reason you went for your BSN, 'cause no amount of money even comes close to what a really good RN is worth.
Right now the market is very good for new grads. It wasnt that long ago, say 96-97, a new grad could not get a job in the hospital. She came out of school and if she was LUCKY could get LTC.
But to answer your question check: http://WWW.SALARY.COM
Very good site, breaks down money by region.
Just an FYI though. Do look for other things besides money when choosing your job. I know when I got out I went right for the money. In MHO I have found that the hospitals that pay more do so by not hiring as many staff. So, keep that in mind.
Ddfinately ask for how the floor is staffed before you sign on.
Originally posted by malestudent-bsn I was wondering, since I'll be in this position soon. I've come to believe that RN's get paid about 40,000 a year right out of graduate school, which averages to about 20.00 to 22.00 dollars an hour, is that accurate. Or have I been painted a bad picture? Also, from what I've been hearing on this website..RN's deserve a lot more. And I believe it to be true, according to the work they do and from what I hear in general. In addition, I believe better pay scales for RN's would ultimately diminish the nursing shortage and more importantly (in a way) bring some more deserving respect to the nursing field. -Malestudent-bsn-
Have you considered homecare nursing at all? I live in Upstate NY and have been a self-employed private duty nurse for a while. I bill Medicaid directly for my services. MY high tech RN rate is $30.40 per hour. I work with one main client in a very upbeat situation. The paperwork is very minimal and I love what I do. Definitely something to consider.
I am a new ADN graduate and make $20 hr. But am on nights so I get $22. When I work as charge it's $1 more. Most places here don't pay any more for a BSN. However, a BSN will open doors to jobs that are not open to ADNs. Those types of jobs usually pay more.
I work at a hospital in Tennessee and the starting pay for a new RN here is $13.50/hour.
Where are you in Tennessee? Memphis is my homwtown and I currently live in SE Kentucky. We plan to retire in TN. in six years. Probably near Nashville rather than Memphis. I know as a LPN that the pay down here (in the South) isn't as good, but I keep hearing that new RN's here in KY. make about $20.00 an hour. I wonder if I'm just hearing things that aren't TRUE. I don't really care, but the extra $$$ is very nice. (not in this for the $$$- REALLY!)
I work in Upper Michigan and have been an RN for 12 years and make $22.40/hr. Average in our area. However the shortage is hitting and we are seeing recruitment ads from Wisconsin to start at that wage, sign on bonuses, comp benefits... You need to look at benefits (ie health insurance) when considering any jobs.
I work in Madison, WI, agency, of course, and make $29 days, and more for evening and weekends. I am an ADN, and have been for about 3 years.
In Jackson Tn the hospital I work at starts out at $14.00/hr. for and ADN degree. There is another hospital here that I have heard pays a little more starting out but I haven't checked it out to see if it's true. I have also heard that hospitals in Memphis and Nashville pay more starting out. I have a friend driving to Memphis from Jackson to work and her paychecks are double mine, although she works about the same number of hours as me. She quit working from the hospital I'm still at to make this extra money and says the drive is worth it for the extra pay she makes.
Forgot to tell you-the hospital just increased the pay from $13.50 to $14.00 and also pays an extra $1.00 per hour for day shift bedside nursing and an extra $3.50 per hour to night shift if you do bedside nursing.
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