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Re: How much does a nurse make?

Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:17 am

Starting salaries for RNs I think average around $50k (give or take $5k) which I think averages to about $24 an hour. Salaries for starting RNs depend on many factors, including location, experience, and etc. For example, physician jobs Florida would have different salaries from physician jobs Indiana. Also check out these 2 informative links: and ... ourly_Rate

Re: How much does a nurse make?

Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:25 am

geography is very important. I work in california.
I only have an adn, and one hell of a union.
I work in the home health department of my org, have 4 years of experience, and work 40/week (typically). I make a base hourly wage of 67/hr plus a 2500 bonus, which translates to 140,000/year. This is roughly 11,600/month before taxes, and with my exemptions, my take home is roughly 8000 a month. I have full health insurance, dental, and vision and 2 weeks paid ce time. In addition, I've taken advantage of the awesome OT diffrentials available through our union contact. One example: work past 7 days, and I get a 1.5 differential on my base pay (about 104/hr) for every day after 7 days worked straight. I recently worked 31 days straight and made about 24,000 this month. Yes, It is a bit a stretch, however, my Shift is only 830-5pm, so the regular schedule wasn't too bad. I plan to get a total of 16weeks of similar premium pay (12 more weeks to go), which would put my yearly income at 200,000. (Over a year, that averages 45hrs of work a week) I could keep going for the rest of the year to take advantage of the union differential, and make up to 300,000, but I don't feel like working 56/hrs week. Although I live in an area with a high cost of living, i live frugally: rent is only 500/month, utilities 60/month, and I only spend about 500/month on food and some entertainment. The rest of what I make I mostly save and invest. I'm 29, I'm not making much on my investments yet, but I am getting better at investing and am hopeful that my investment income will one day surpass my work income. It is possible. My take away: income is based moderately on your degree, a lot on geography, a little luck and plenty of blessings, and a lot of discipline and drive.

Re: How much does a nurse make?

Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:32 am

Starting "union" hourly wage for an RN I is $32.50 here in our 50th state. Pay scale goes up quickly as years of experience cumulate. The doctor's offices and clinics are a different story though. advice you to read good article on this topic: I was once offered $12 an hour in an ob/gyn clinic but these days it appears to me that the clinics and offices are staffed mostly with med techs.

Re: How much does a nurse make?

Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:44 pm

Try to look through this article, it's rather well written about the salaries for nurses :wink: As I know from one my friend who works in this sphere, it really depends on your skills and place of work :) Your marks during studying are important too, according to them your first salary will be created :o


Re: How much does a nurse make?

Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:55 pm

According to this article, the median salary for a LPN is $43,170 give or take