Low RN pay

  1. SF bay area median price of home is $900,000 (per Trulio)
    NEW RN STARTING salary $52/hour (lower than average paying hospital, some start at $60/hour)
    A per diem nurse with 10 years of experience is getting paid $100/hour (not including the differentials)

    Seattle area median price of home is $732,000 (per Trulio)
    New RN starting salary $32/hour
    per diem nurse with 10 years of experience $47/hour


    I have yet to do further detailed research on the statistics, but does this make sense? The decrease in cost of living is not enough to compensate for the BIG loss of income. How can we better advocate for ourselves? How can we mobilize our own so that we can advocate for ourselves? Washington nurses, we need to wake up! This huge discrepancy is driving me to activism, which I am not...
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from jensfbay
    SF bay area median price of home is $900,000 (per Trulio)
    NEW RN STARTING salary $52/hour (lower than average paying hospital, some start at $60/hour)
    A per diem nurse with 10 years of experience is getting paid $100/hour (not including the differentials)

    Seattle area median price of home is $732,000 (per Trulio)
    New RN starting salary $32/hour
    per diem nurse with 10 years of experience $47/hour


    I have yet to do further detailed research on the statistics, but does this make sense? The decrease in cost of living is not enough to compensate for the BIG loss of income. How can we better advocate for ourselves? How can we mobilize our own so that we can advocate for ourselves? Washington nurses, we need to wake up! This huge discrepancy is driving me to activism, which I am not...
    That seems pretty simplified, but the bottom line is supply and demand. If the salary and cost of living are not acceptable, moving is the most effective way to solve the problem.
    I could have a higher standard of living in Texas, but I don't want to live in Texas. I live in an area that I want to live in and that a lot of other people want to live in, too.
  4. by   ICUman
    The per diem in Seattle is only $47/hr?
    That bombs... how did you find that out?

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