How much do you make?

Posted on May 6, 2013 by in Nurse Stories

A great view on nursing from source: Unknown.

Somebody asked: “You’re a nurse?” that’s cool, I wanted to do that when I was a kid. How much do you make?”

The nurse replied: “HOW MUCH DO I MAKE?” …

I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in the world when you’re scared…

I can make your child breathe when they stop…

I can help your father survive a heart attack…

I can make myself get up at 5AM to make sure your mother has the medicine she needs to live…

I work all day to save the lives of strangers…

I make my family wait for dinner until I know your family member is taken care of…

I make myself skip lunch so that I can make sure that everything I did for your wife today is charted…

I make myself work weekends and holidays because people don’t just get sick Monday – Friday. Today, I might save your life.

How much do I make?

All I know is, I make a difference.

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42 Responses to “How much do you make?”

  1. Profile photo of Brock-MN
    6 May 2013 at 12:08 PM #

    Thank you nurses for all that you do!

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    RNTammyF 8 May 2013 at 12:45 AM #

    Not enough

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      Steven W Chambers
      10 May 2013 at 2:26 PM #

      Not enough?

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        Mary A. Ochoa
        20 December 2013 at 8:11 AM #

        I think she was answering the questiong “How much do you make?” and she replied “Not enough”. and it is true, we don’t make enough, not for all we put up with and all that we do and all the long hours and all the short staffing, etc. We don’t make what we are worth, that is for dang sure.

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    Maria Deighton
    8 May 2013 at 7:40 PM #

    Even worse is the current climate where over and over my fellow workers complain that we don’t make enough. While most of us would like to have a bigger paycheck, I feel much of my “take home” was in the joy and satisfaction I leave work with! I have been at the miraculous wonder of births for over 25 years and it never fails to make me grin. If we were in it for the money we wouldn’t make it past the first angry lost patient who said we didn’t do anything for them all day! But we smile and sooth them and say we hope they’ll feel better soon. And walk out pretty sure we did our best for them.

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    Loumomoftwo 9 May 2013 at 9:57 AM #

    I’m blessed to have a job & love what I do, it’s not about the $$$.

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    CindiBoger 9 May 2013 at 12:16 PM #

    When I first became a nurse in 1997, I was making $7.25 an hour! I was making $7.oo an hour BEFORE nursing school. As I am on medical leave from nursing, I left my last nursing job at a little over $20.00 an hour.

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      Charles Monck RN BSN MS
      11 May 2013 at 5:14 PM #

      Very underpaid in my opinion. I have never heard of a Nurse making minimum wage. I consider that outrageous and an abuse of a Nurse’s’ time.

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        Mistie 20 December 2013 at 8:05 AM #

        In 1997, the minimum wage was $5.15 an hour.

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        Mary A. Ochoa
        20 December 2013 at 8:14 AM #

        I agree,sure, it’s rewarding to help people, make a difference in their lives. but unfortunately that doesn’t pay the bills. And when you’re having to spend hours at work and miss out on your own family time, of course you want to be compensated well for those sacrifices we make.

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    souperrn 9 May 2013 at 12:20 PM #

    34 per hour

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    9 May 2013 at 12:52 PM #

    I am a home care lvn in los Angeles. I make $18. It stinks. I made more working per diem in Ohio in a long term care facility. There i made 21.

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    nesicha 9 May 2013 at 2:48 PM #

    As an LPN in AZ, highest ever was 32/hr at a Nursing Home, average is around 22/hr. Now I just interviewed for a job I REALLY REALLY want for the intrinsic factor of helping other people. It only pays 18/hr (made 17/hr as a BHT in 2003). Yet I 100% agree with some of the comments, it REALLY is NOT about the money, but about caring for the ones that need help. Any nurse that ONLY thinks about the money should switch professions. Don’t mean to offend, but that’s my opinion

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    nurseC 10 May 2013 at 2:35 AM #

    I didn’t get into nursing for the money. Though it can be a great paying position in the right places. If it paid less I’d still do it. I started out in nursing on getting $11.50 an hour which was $2 less than I was making as a HHA. I’m now making $20 -$30 an hour depending on my assignment. I can’t see myself doing anything else.

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    mamakim 10 May 2013 at 2:56 PM #

    LPN, Washington State:
    1980 6.75 hr Hospital,1992 same Hospital 16.70 hr. 2004 Lpn SNF, Resident Care Manager 27.73 hr. 2013 Home Health 26.00 hr. RN’s usually make 10.00 more an hr than LPN’S. All jobs are about the MONEY !! If you don’t work to pay the bills then just volunteer and stop settling fo less, so we can keep our scale higher. The key is to negotiate and be happy with your job,company.

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      Charles Monck RN BSN MS
      11 May 2013 at 5:19 PM #

      I totally agree. It takes a special person to be a Nurse. With that in mind it is also a profession that requires many years of education, and like any other licensed professional a Nurse needs to be compensated accordingly.

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    Bo Stone
    10 May 2013 at 5:53 PM #

    I am happy with what I make. I have only been working as an LPN for a year now. I get a lot of satisfaction from my job. It is not what you make anyway, It is how you spend. If you do not live within your means, it doesn’t matter what you make.

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      nurseC 13 May 2013 at 8:29 PM #

      Exactly. If your in nursing for the money then you need to get out. I would rather be in a less paying job and LOVE what I do than to be in a more paying job and not be happy with my path.

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    gani 10 May 2013 at 9:05 PM #

    a lot…i can make my patient smile ..laugh.positive for a while…

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    David A VanTassel, RN, CNOR
    11 May 2013 at 9:18 AM #

    Depends on what state and part of that particular state you are employed in. When I was a nursing supervisor in NJ, $50 an hour was my wage, 36 hours a week, time and a half over 40. Staff nurse in Boise, ID now around $36 an hour, same deal with time and a half over 40; call pay $3/hr. Time and 1/2 when called back even if not over 40.

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    12 May 2013 at 12:08 AM #

    $56.00 in Boston

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    Lizziegirl441 12 May 2013 at 4:56 AM #

    I work for a large Hospital System which is in the process of acquiring another large system. The nurses of system #2 make significantly more than#1 and we were told in no certain terms that there will not be an adjustment made in pay anytime soon! So not nearly as much as the others do!!!

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    12 May 2013 at 11:40 AM #

    RN’s make 38 to 60 an hour depending on the county you live in. For the responsibility that RN’ s take on ….they deserve every penny! When I graduated in 1973 I received $3.65 an hour. My next door neighbor graduated with a chemical engineering degree made 37,000 a year. I believe nurses have always been underpaid and undervalued for the work they do. This all being said we have made little progress relative to inflation.

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    ldyjstce 12 May 2013 at 12:59 PM #

    dialysis RN at $27/hr.

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    LisaRN 13 May 2013 at 9:23 AM #

    Sometimes i think there is not enough money in the world to do what we do. We have to love nursing in order to practice, but enough money to pay off my huge student loan bills owed for obtaining my degree would be helpful :)

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    Ampayne86 17 May 2013 at 2:57 PM #

    When I got my first job out of LPN school I made $10.00/hr in TN. Only about 1 dollar more than I made as a cook at an Assisted Living. I was a little disgusted at first, then realized how REWARDING MY JOB WAS. Now at 17/hr in FL and about to move to CO at the VA I’m a little happier with my pay, but the reward is still there if not increased. I get told by patients I don’t make enough, and maybe on days I get peed on, pooped on, cussed at it feels like I should be a millionaire. The bottom line is I got into nursing for my love of helping others, and that is what drives me to go to work everyday and change lives.

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    Erin 20 December 2013 at 8:27 AM #

    LPN’s dont make a thing. I do it because I LOVE IT! I made more waiting tables. Missouri has horrible pay rates though.

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    Sheri 20 December 2013 at 12:32 PM #

    Although I feel I make pretty good money, most days I feel like it’s not enough for the garbage I put up with. There’s always one patient that makes me remember, and makes me realize, why I do what I do. Many a day though, I just want to be a cake decorator @ a local grocery store and not care about the money I make or the difference I make any longer!!

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    Faye 20 December 2013 at 10:58 PM #

    1985..RN 8.50/hr night shift.
    2012..RN BSN 32.00/hr Day shift.
    25 of 27 years in Critical Care.

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    Vicki Watson 21 December 2013 at 4:07 AM #

    I left a job making twice what I am making now (went back to the job I had before). I don’t miss the money at all because I don’t have the stress I had at the other job. And after thirty years of nursing I can say I still love nursing. It’s not all about the money.

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    Sasa Svetlicic
    5 March 2014 at 8:28 AM #

    So a nurse should be happy with any payment while MD can be grumpy all day and get enormous pay check? Such double standards.

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    melafied555 6 March 2014 at 4:19 PM #

    i agree not enough. as nurse’s we work long hours usually 12 hour shifts, with scheduleing not being 4 days on / 3 off or vice versa , if lunch taken then you are behind in your work, no coverage for lunch, admissions maybe one or two , i could go on and on. the job is stressful, vacations are easily denied based on staffing shortage, we take care of humans and they put their lives in our hands but management forget we are humans / professionals and need to be compensated with time and money.i am a RN for34 years love what i do. i hurt when i can’t give what i was trained to do to each one of my patients.until i retire i will continue to do my best for my patients.

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    Ramona Gibson Brunner
    16 July 2014 at 10:05 AM #

    My garbage man makes more then I did. I still loved what I did.But they don’t pay nurses teachers or police officers or soldiers enough.

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    MichelleJ23 16 July 2014 at 2:22 PM #

    In the Bay Area in Northern California, new grad RN’s can be hired at big hospitals for anywhere from $40-57/hr. I had a friend who graduated BSN/RN program and was hired starting pay was $48/hr. But the money is it isnt what matters, if its your heart is in it that does.

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    MichelleJ23 16 July 2014 at 2:24 PM #

    In the Bay Area in Northern California, new grad RN’s can be hired at big hospitals for anywhere from $40-57/hr. I had a friend who graduated BSN/RN program and was hired starting pay was $48/hr. But the money isn’t what matters, its if you want it in your heart.

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    gsmeisinger 17 July 2014 at 7:49 AM #

    As a new travel nurse, what you make isn’t to only question because the surrounding cost of living is a major concern AND if you go back to the original post, $$ are not the focus. Just reminding. Now that I have said that, I do not believe that the pay for nurses have kept up with the demands made upon the nurses. Nurse to patient ratios have not changed in, probably, over 30 years, but, the demands on what must be charted have increased exponentially. AND some of the ICU patients of 30 years ago are out on the floor today which require more acuity time. Keeping pay competitive with the work we do might attract more people and keep some nurses from the necessity of OT or extra PRN shifts at other facilities to make ends meet and, therefore, help burnout.

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    Adebola Okunoye
    12 August 2014 at 6:56 AM #

    Nurses like every other worker need money equivalent to their effort.We need not say our reward is in heaven,we nees more dor the good things of life,so let’s raise our stakes higher and take the profession where it should be.We need not allow ourselves be deceived that we must like the job to remain there.Our effoerts MUST be equivalent to our pay.

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    21 November 2014 at 2:36 AM #

    I’m sorry, it’s not admit the money…true. however, what they pay the nurses reveals how much respect they have for their nursing staff. the way they get away with paying you such crap is because of all you other nurses who say “oh well, it’s not about the money” no one got into it for the money, however we still have to support our families and provide for retirement so we are not a burden later. Does anyone insist cops firefighters or EMT receive less pay since its not about the money? no, they do not. for some reason, the sacrifice of their time with their family, the crazy sleep (and sometimes no sleep) schedules and constant stress is honored while nurses….nurses should be happy with what they get. Is it just me or does something seem off? I’m thrilled that I found an organization that values its staff. at times they do things that make me scratch my head, but because they value (and show this in action) their staff, I am loyal.

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    Uglynurse 8 June 2015 at 12:08 PM #

    I made $48 an hour working on a medical unit at Mayo in 2012.

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