Average pay in your state?

  1. Hello. Transitioning from floor/icu nursing to telephonic/advice nurse position. I have over 10 years of experience and will be working per diem but not quite sure what to ask for when it comes to my base pay. To give you an idea, the HR told me that starting is $30/hour, midpoint is $41/hour. This is in Seattle area.

    Since i have years of experience bedside nursing, and will not be getting benefits as a per diem nurse, I'm thinking of asking to get paid $50/hour. Is that too much? Please consider the fact that Seattle has one of the highest cost of living in the US and therefore the average pay for nurses is higher than the national average. Thank you all and appreciate your input.
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  3. by   hppygr8ful
    I looked on INDEED and could not find telephonic nurse - I did fine medical call center representative but the base pay was less than $15/hr so I don't think they are nurses. Still I would see what a non-bedside nurse with lot's of clinical experience makes in the Seattle are in general and go from there. Non bedside jobs always pay significantly less that bedside.

    Hppy
  4. by   ILoveHorses67
    Quote from hppygr8ful
    I looked on INDEED and could not find telephonic nurse - I did fine medical call center representative but the base pay was less than $15/hr so I don't think they are nurses. Still I would see what a non-bedside nurse with lot's of clinical experience makes in the Seattle are in general and go from there. Non bedside jobs always pay significantly less that bedside.

    Hppy
    Please don't make comments that aren't accurate. I work for Kaiser and went from the bedside to a call center as an advice nurse and I make the same pay. It depends on where you live and who you work for. I sent the OP a PM.
  5. by   Maritimer
    I do telephone triage for the same health system where I did acute care. I make more than an office nurse but less than I did as a bedside nurse. The reason I was given for the lower pay was the lack of direct patient contact, which made sense to me. My base start was higher than base start for a new nurse at the hospital though, likely because they require at least 3 years experience.

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