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how much did you make right out of college as a nurse?

Wondering whether or not i should live in LA as a nurse

Thank you comment icon In 2005 I made $22 per hr as a LPN Karla Green

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Raquel’s Answer

Starting nursing pay can vary widely depending on where you live. What you want to be looking at is how much nurses in LA are making, what people make in other places right out of school won't necessarily line up with where you want to be. Especially since California, and LA specifically, have such a high cost of living. From searching on Indeed, it looks like a lot of positions that welcome new grad RN's have a pay range of $42 on the low end and $60 - $70 on the high end. As a new nurse you would probably be getting paid the $42 due to lack of experience. This is for a variety of jobs including psych, ICU, L&D, and school nursing. So I would use that as a starting baseline for figuring out if it will work with your expenses. If you're still concerned you can look at specific hospitals in the area and reach out to them to see what they're offering. Best of luck!
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Lorraine’s Answer

Azusena,
The amount you will get paid as a new nurse varies on the job you get. On the average registered nurses (RNs) in Los Angeles get paid $40-$42 an hour. Los Angeles County's website list entry level RN wages to start at $87, 480.96 annually. This is about $42 an hour.
Also, keep in mind, there is potential for additional income through overtime, on-call pay, and bonuses. Overall, RNs in Los Angeles typically earn a competitive salary that provides a stable income, considering the cost of living in that area.
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