Virginia pay - low comparatively?

U.S.A. Virginia


Specializes in L&D, Trauma, Ortho, Med/Surg.

Moving to Virginia and have talked to quite a few recruiters and am a little shocked at the pay cut I am realizing is going to happen. I have just two years of experience, but even with that I am finding the rates significantly lower than what I am currently making. Nursing is rough work as it is, and we hardly get paid what we should....but the Virginia area is more expensive than where I am coming from and I am a little shocked at the pay difference. Anyone care to suggest hospital systems that pay a little more??


Specializes in Cardiovascular ICU.

I do CVICU. My job with Sentara in Virginia paid me $10/hr less than I get here in New Hampshire. I would love to work with those people again though. 

I GUARANTEE you I make way more money than nurses with similar levels of experience in acute care by me working long term care. ???

RN  pay in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area has always been quite low. The Richmond area seems to have much better wages.

Specializes in BLS, ACLS, CARDIAC, ER.

Richmond has vcu which starts new grads at $25.56 on the floor, I know different specialties like ICU and ED start with more, you might want to look at HCA for higher pay, new grads december 2019 were starting at $31 in the ED depending on location. BON secours pays $24. IDK if all these rates have changed in 1 year due to covid.

On 10/19/2020 at 12:46 PM, Epidural said:

RN  pay in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area has always been quite low. The Richmond area seems to have much better wages.

I have had multiple offers for $30/hr for an RN in LTC in Hampton Roads, but I make even more than that already.

Specializes in Dialysis.

I was a single parent with two kids living in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia for 23 years as an Acute Dialysis Nurse.  Once my children were off to college I was determined to rent my property and become a travel dialysis nurse due to the RN pay in Virginia being below average.  In January 2014, I went on my first travel assignment as a travel dialysis nurse at UNC and never looked back!  I was able to put both of my children through college and pay off my home in ten years!  I decided to leave Virginia because the cost of living doesn't match the pay rate or the taxes you'll be constantly paying!  Especially as an RN!  It doesn't matter what specialty.  I have specialized in Dialysis, Psych, Corrections, Home Health, Med Surg, and the ED!  I would have lost approximately $10,000 to $21000 a year if I had returned to Virginia to work and retire, no thanks!  Good Luck!

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