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How much money do you earn starting out at first?

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Suzanne’s Answer

Hello Carlee,

My name is Sue and I am a retired oncology nurse.

A starting salary depends on multiple factors: your baseline education, what city/state you are working in, what shift you are working, and the type of nursing such as intensive care versus medical/surgical.

Here are some helpful references:

https://www.indeed.com/career/registered-nurse/salaries/TX

https://www.registerednursing.org/rn-salary/

Nursing salaries are not fixed. There are multiple ways to go up the career and salary ladder including experience and education. There is always work! It is expected that the USA will have a shortage of nurses in the very near future. Nursing may not make one "rich" in a monetary fashion, but the work is rewarding in priceless ways. You will always be able to afford a very comfortable way of life and provide for yourself and your family.

I hope this answer is helpful.

Best,
Sue RN


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Lynsey’s Answer

It really depends on where you work. When I was a new grad almost 15 hrs ago… NC was paying $18/hr, NV was $27/hr and the SF Bay Area was $40…. It’s very geographically diverse. The SF Bay Area is one of the highest markets in the county for nurses but most are union jobs so you may be able to find online. Honestly if it’s your first job I’d focus on how supportive of a new grad program they offer!
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