Because nursing pay can vary widely depending on speciality, city, education and level of experience, it can be tough to know your worth — and fight for it — in job negotiations.
That’s why one AllNurses.com user started a popular thread where nurses have been sharing their hourly rates, including differentials, standby and overtime, and where they live. The dozens of respondents were spread across the country and had anywhere between no professional experience and more than 40 years.
Of the self-reported salaries, cities in Northern California offered far and away the highest compensation. One Bay Area nurse received $63 an hour whereas another outside the Bay Area earned $70. Another working at a university hospital clinic also in Northern California pocketed $62 an hour.
Southern California came in second, but respondents salaries varied widely based on experience. One new nurse reported making $50 an hour but new more experienced nurses who took home $75. She also mentioned another hospital that offered up to $88 an hour. On the other hand, a new grad with an ADN working in San Diego reported making $30 an hour.
Hourly wages in the $40s seemed the most popular, with nurses from small-town Texas and Michigan to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia making within this rage.
Some of the lower self-reported pages included $24.50 for a new nurse in Tampa, Florida; $28.50 for a somewhat experienced nurse in the Midwest; $25 for a new nurse in central Ohio; $27 an hour in Omaha, Nebraska, for a nurse with more than 20 years’ experience; $23 for a new nursing grad in Nashville, Tennessee; and $22.50 for another new grad in St. Louis, Missouri.
The responses in this thread are on par with other research into variances in nursing salaries across the country. According to Medscape’s 2018 nursing salary report, the Pacific region, including California, pays the best, followed by New England and the Mid-Atlantic. The East South Central and South Atlantic regions, including Florida, pay the worst.
Does your hourly wage line up with these reports? Sound off in the comments below…
Medscape RN/LPN Compensation Report, 2018, Medscape.
Last updated 9/4/2019