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What is a good pay rate for PDN in Mass?

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I was looking forward to an interview I have at a local branch of a private duty nursing agency. However, someone told me the pay was only $31/hr... and I was talking to another nurse who works for an agency closer to Boston and gets paid about $41/hr...

What are some good paying private duty nursing companies in Mass (esp. Central Ma?) What should I expect to be making for this type of job, per diem, in Mass.?

tothepointeLVN, LVN

Specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic. Has 3 years experience.

I would expect the lower figure not the higher. Also bear in mind sometimes nurses overstate what they are earning especially in private duty or at least that has been my experience.

Also if someone finds a higher paying agency they tend to kept it to themselves :/

Rates are going to vary by region and employers within that region. One employer may pay $25 (for example) an hour for a certain type of case, where another agency will pay $17.50 an hour for the same type of case, simply because they get nurses to work for that kind of pay. You would need to get truthful rates from different people employed in this type of nursing, and keep in mind that some agencies will pay one nurse $17, while paying another nurse $15, for the same case, as long as the nurses don't compare pay and the person getting the lower pay does not speak up for her/himself. Try calling the different agencies and ask them outright, without identifying yourself. If they try to give you the runaround over the phone, keep in mind that this is the type of agency that will give you the same runaround when you are their employee.

tothepointeLVN, LVN

Specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic. Has 3 years experience.

And don't do what I once did. I interviewed and accepted the job and forgot to talk about pay until I was almost out of the door then ended up on the low end of the pay scale even though it was more than I was currently getting.


Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

Thanks! I trust this person. I just don't know if I want to drive all the way to Eastern Mass to work - I do this 4x a week already. I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it. I was hoping to find something that pays well in Central MA.


Specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU.

Try glassdoor.com Hoping that the people giving the info were honest, you can find out a lot. I have found most are fairly honest and the pay ranges posted are fairly accurate.


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