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What is a reasonable starting salary to expect?


Specializes in Med Surg.

I'm a nursing student in New York State but really want to move down to Orlando a couple of years after graduating with my BSN and RN. I was curious if anyone knew any just general starting salaries or salary ranges. In a perfect world I'd like $75000 but that sounds really high considering that the average is like somewhere in the $60000s. But is it possible to get a $75k salary starting out?


Specializes in Critical Care. Has 4 years experience.

You have to keep in mind that the standard of living in Florida is much different than that of the Northeast. It would seem that the average salary of a new nurse in Orlando, FL is just shy of 50K, while in the Northeast I make just shy of 80K with a shift differential.

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In a perfect world I'd like a pony that can fly

Here I think it's about 29-30 dollars an hour (70ish per year)


Specializes in CICU, Telemetry. Has 7 years experience.

Upstate NY was offering crap in the areas I was looking 6-7 years ago.

$22/h, poor nurse protection, poor ratios. Look up the legal mess at Cayuga's ICU. Couldn't pay me enough to work somewhere like that.

I would suggest looking into jobs in more desirable parts of NY (Westchester, Albany) if you want to be out of NYC but still in the state and earn decently.

A lot of my nursing professors in upstate NY were teaching full time, working in a local ICU or hospital unit full time, and living in trailer parks. Now I can't tell you their exact hourlies, but clearly not quite what was needed to achieve a decent standard of living.

CT/MA/NYC seem to fare a bit better with compensation, but I'd say that outside of NYC or Boston you won't make that much your first few years unless you work a LOT of overtime. I'd expect 27 to 30 an hour. 30x36x52 is 56k as a base salary, and without OT that's around where you will be for a few years.


Specializes in Neurosurgery, Neurology.

If you stay in the NYC metro area as a new grad you can expect anywhere from around 70K for public hospitals (I was offered 75K for nights at a SUNY hospital) to just shy of 100K for the private hospitals.

As a LVN i guess i did alright last year ending with 52k as my gross annual income. Thats with alot of OT though. Southern California also.

Jennerizer, ASN, RN

Specializes in PCU, Critical Care, Observation. Has 13 years experience.

New nurses in Florida make around $20/hr...sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the county. Keep in mind though...we have no state income tax. The tourists pay that. 😁

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

The allnurses 2017 Salary Survey results will be posted soon. You will be able to find out what new nurses and nurses of all levels of experience and education are making in FL or any other state.

Average pay in Florida would be 25-33/ hour starting, I have a friend who is starting in Miami with low 30's an hour. I think you could pull in 75,000 starting in New York City with a little OT. A quick search on average starting salary will show you where you aim for.

Also important to keep in mind speciality and cost of living. You could make less but me saving more if it's cheaper to live there.

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Specializes in ED, Cardiac-step down, tele, med surg.

At least 90K to start in CA. In the bay area probably more like 100K to start.

RN in San Antonio here. Started at 60k a year. Many of my classmates started at 45k'ish annually. Though the cost of living here is very low.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

In a perfect world I'd like a pony that can fly

.......and produce flatulence consisting of gold dust and diamonds.

I've been a nurse for 17 years and make about 70K - but I work Psych and 8 hour shifts. It's my families 2nd income and works for me. PS I am in California where the COL is pretty high.


Julius Seizure

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care.

I worked in central Florida up until a few years ago. I worked at the hospital for my first 5 years of being an RN and in my last full year there I made about $46,000.

Moving to a different region of the country gave me a considerable pay increase: I made $55,000 in the Midwest the following year.

I live in Orlando.

Brand new RN's are at $21-22/hr for the hospitals in Orlando. Since I had the LPN experience, I was privy to the pay scales at different years of experience.

One hospital was offering me $23 as an RN with 2 years of experience (they were only giving me 4 years of my LPN time)

Another hospital offered me $26 as an RN with 5 years of experience (they gave me 10 years of my LPN time).

That's only the base pay, not the differentials. With the differentials, I'll be making around $56k a year being considered an RN with 5 years of experience once I start, with a 2.5% pay increase per year. Those are day shift differentials. You'd make more if you went night shift of course, because their differentials are higher.

So, it depends on how long you decide to work before moving to Orlando.

If you moved south (Miami area), you'd be paid a lot better, but the cost of living is A LOT higher down there.

* Note that the pay I was quoted also included an extra little bump for my bachelors.

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I worked in central Florida up until a few years ago. I worked at the hospital for my first 5 years of being an RN and in my last full year there I made about $46,000.

Moving to a different region of the country gave me a considerable pay increase: I made $55,000 in the Midwest the following year.

Yep. This happened to me too, except I went the opposite direction haha. I went from the Midwest to FL and took a pay cut. Womp womp. Now it's better, but it hurt in the beginning!


Specializes in Urgent Care, Oncology. Has 7 years experience.

Central Florida new grads typically start at $22-$23 an hour. In Winter Haven, which is pretty close to both Tampa and Orlando, I started at $23/hour plus differential. Some places pay .50-$1/hour for BSN. With three years experience, I have now had offers for $27-$29/hour plus an additional $1 once I obtain my BSN (August 2017 - can't wait!).

I get paid $40 per hour in seattle washington and the cost of living in my area is not that high. My rent is around $875 with one bedroom. Two bedroom is $989 typically. I work for this really good agency that hires you for high amount. I make $86,090-161,280. I love my job and the agency I work for. If you work hard and really care for your patients, they will give you what you trully deserve. Many nurses work hard, but they don't get paid enough for their hard work.