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Florida RN Salary

Hi I am currently and RN in New York and I am considering moving to Florida. The only thing that is holding me back is whether or not I can afford the salary decrease. I was wondering on average, how much does an RN make in South Florida with 3 years of experience?

Jean-Marie


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67 Responses to “Florida RN Salary”

  1. Lilly Says:

    Hi Jean-Marie,

    Why don’t you check out http://www.salary.com?

    Type in your job title and state to get the median average for the state you are looking for. I believe NY RN’s make much more than Floridian nurses due to the higher cost of living in NY. I’ve heard the larger cities in Florida, like, Orlando, Tampa and St Pete’s have pretty attractive rates that are higher than other local areas. Hope this helps!

  2. Tara Says:

    I can tell you that new grads in north florida(Tallahassee) make about $18 an hour. For 3 years experience it is about $22-23. I worked as a traveler in south florida and the nurses there made in the upper 20′s around $27. Depends on specialty and location.

  3. Marissa Says:

    You can probably expect to make between $40,000 and $50,000 with your experience. Specialities yield more money. South Florida is not an inexpensive place to live, but you may benefit from the housing bust that has occurred there. Look to set yourself up somewhere between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale (or down to Miami if you speak Spanish as well as English) and you should be fine! Good luck!

  4. Barb Says:

    I am an experienced ICU RN in NY. It is expensive to live here in NY, as well as parts of Florida, but I don’t think our higher salaries are soley a result of the cost of living, but rather to the fact that we have more unions representing us in the north.
    In NY, the NYS Nurses Association helps keep the benefits and salaries very attractive to the nurses in our state. I say this because right here in NY we have 30 yr nurses making $23.00/hr who have no representation, in my facility, a small general hospital on LI, that same new nurse would be making $33.00 without differentials which can add up to $4./hr to that figure. Just food for thought about how effective having a union representing you can impact your way of life.
    Good luck!!

  5. Tara Nicole Says:

    Whoa! I was suprised by some of the replys! I’m a mental health / psych nurse and I make $25-$26 depending on what shift I work…somestimes more or less. It depends on many things: Profession, choice of shift, experience, Degrees, etc.

  6. socretes3 Says:

    I was kind of surprised at the replies too, because I live in Oklahoma (one of the cheapest states to live in) and the average starting pay for a BSN in Oklahoma City is $40 an hour

  7. JoEllen Says:

    my own input from here in Tampa. Most brand new nurses start at around $22/hr for day shift, $27 for night and that is brand new RN with no experience. I’m sure you (with experience) could negotiate for a lot more. Good luck!

  8. Bull Says:

    I am appalled by what I am reading here about nursing salaries in Florida. You need to find a union to represent you immediatly. Nurses are professionals and should be compensated as such.

  9. Scott Says:

    Wow! We do not have union in South Dakota and new RN’s start out at $21-$22/hr. Also, UNION is a dirty word in the midwest. Some employers will fire you if you mention it.

  10. Courtney Says:

    I just moved to NW Florida and starting salary for new nurses is around $18.50/hr here. You make 21.50/hr working evenings and 23.50/hr working nights. Its definately much lower than I expected but cost of living is not as high as where you are in NY I’m sure. Hope this helps!

  11. PseudgeDeedly Says:

    Hello I am currently out of work in Miami, FL. I have searched all the job boards more times than I’d care to recall and applied to 100s of positions. However, i have not been able to find a single good response to my resumes. If anyone knows about any particular place where i can look for a good job, please reply me with the location details. I will be thankful to you for your early response.

  12. JJRN Says:

    I BEEN A NURSE SEVEN YEARS HERE IN MIAMI, IF YOUR LOOKING TO MOVE HERE THE PAY IS AS FOLLOWS

    AGENCY NURSES MAKE 35 TO 42 DAY OR NIGHT SHIFT

    BAPTIST HOSP HCA HOSPT, AND CLEVELEND CLINIC PAY UPPER 25 THRU 29 PLUS USUALLY A 4 TO FIVE DOLLAR DIGFFERENTIAL IF YOUR WORK NIGHT THATS WITH BENEFITS ….. PERDIEM AT ONE SET HOSPITAL IS ABOUT 33

    THEN U HAVE UR SMALLER HOSPITAL KINDRED LARKIN THEY PAY 30 TO 33 PLUS A 6 DIFF FOR NIGHTS FULL TIME

    HOPE THIS HELPS, IF YOUR MOVING WHY NOT CONSIDER CALIFORNIA I HEAR THEY HAVE GREAT PAY AND NURE PATIENT RATIOS

    GOOD LUCK

  13. Karl Fiesta Says:

    Florida seems like a nice place to work as an RN. I work here in LA in one of the hospitals in the downtown area as a full time nurse on the medical-surgical floor. I make $28 per hour plus $3 for differential pay night shift. The cost of living here is high so my paycheck just gets depleted fast like liquid down the drain. I’m planning on moving on another state and Florida is one of my considerations.

  14. JJRN Says:

    DONT YOU GUYS GET PAID TIME AND A HALF AFTER EIGHT HOURS OF WORK. AND DOUBLE TIME AFTER FORTY HOURS OF WORK?

    PLUS YOU GUYS HAVE 4-5 PATIENT NURSE RATIOS

    FLORIDA MEDSURGE 8 TO 9 PTS TO A NURSE

    TELE 7 TO 8 PATIENTS TA NURSE

    ICU 2 TO 3 PATIENTS PER NURSE

    THE ONLY HOSPITAL HERE THAT HAS SOMEWHAT ALRIGHT PATIENT RATIOS IS JACKSON , AND I’VE HEARD BAPTIST DOES TOO, BUT I’VE NEVER WORKED THERE SO CANT TELL YOU FIRST HAND …

    I DONT KNOW LEAVING CALIFORNIA TO FLORIDA SEEMS LIKE A STEP BACK TO ME …. BUT GOOD LUCK!

  15. Jon RN Says:

    I am an Emergency Rn in Toronto Canada. I graduated out of university last year and my average hourly rate is $29 per hour. I am interested in writing my NCLEX and doing traveling nursing in Miami, FL before I move there. But to me it sounds like agency nursing is the best way to go, hourly rate wise.

    I am disappointed in the hourly wages for nurses in this state, considering how difficult it is to obtain the license there. Does anyone know the hourly rates of ER nurses here and the patient to nurse ratio. At my hospital it is 5-1 (CTAS 3) 3-1 and 2-1 (CTAS 1).

    BTW thanks JJRN for some of the postings, it is helping me put things into greater perspectives.

  16. student nurse Says:

    I am currently a LPN student just outside of Tampa, FL. In nursing homes a new LPN makes $25 an hour, not sure about hospitals for LPN’s. I have a friend who works in the ICU at a local hospital and has been an RN for 7 years, she made just over $80K last year. I guess it just depends on what your cup of tea is. There are ALOT of nursing homes here and hospice is a great place to work as well. If you can deal with those situations :) Good luck!

  17. Kathy Says:

    I have been a RN for 20 years.I wrote my NCLEX and did travel nsg in South Florida. I am now looking at doing 6mths in S Florida and 6 mths in Nova Scotia.I want to contact some nursing schools in Florida as I have been teaching in Nova Scotia.I am also considering nsg homes and I hear the Tampa area pays better. I have my visa screen as well as a Florida nsg license so I can kinda pick and choose. Any suggestions?

  18. joanne Says:

    Hey I want to know what the starting pay for a new grad r.n. in new york with an associates and no experience is?

  19. Tracy Says:

    Yikes, love Florida and was really considering move from CA, but there is no way. After making an average of $60 an hour how could I go to less than half my pay. Feeling really stuck. Ratios are also nice, couldn’t imagine working without ratios.

  20. Dan Says:

    I work at a surgical office in Tampa and make 33/hr 4 years of experience. 7-4 m-f. We are looking for another RN.

  21. Chirstina Says:

    Dan:

    Where in Tampa is the surgical office located and what kind of experience do you need? I have a year as a psych nurse and am currently working med surg..
    Thanks

  22. lisa Says:

    In orlando, new grads make around 21 an hour with an associates, and 22 an hour with a bachelors. Thats without differentials. Night differentials usually end up being around 6 to 8 dollars more an hour. Med surg nurses get around 4 to 5 patients per nurse. Tele 4 to 5. Icu 1 to 2.

  23. Rosa A. Says:

    Hi… I just graduated with my BSN and want to move to Florida. Does anyone know how much a starting RN makes in Daytona Beach?

  24. John Says:

    I am in Minneapolis area and graduated from nursing 4 yrs ago. I had some set backs in my life. I had about 9 of my close relatives all die within in a 2-3 year period which delayed me in taking the state board exam. I just passed my state boards and currently enrolled in an RN refresher course. I was at the MN workforce center and my counselor said the average pay for a RN in MN is $35 per hour and some change, and that is without any differential included. She looks this type of information up everyday and has a lot of resources she uses through MN state websites. I hope this helps for comparisons.

  25. Cindy Says:

    I am a recruiter – Nurse Recruitment. What I have found is many employers have pay rates based on a scale that was developed 10 years ago. To upgrade, they leave the hourly rate alone and change the look of the shift differential. In this case, the nurse does not benefit. The impact is not on the hourly rate so no overtime is drawn, but usually a sizable shift dif is offered. Healthcare is in tight times but you can still see the $27-28/ph with a dif of $3-$7 for eve-night shifts. Specialize where your interest is and you should see a satisfying response to your hands-on care.

  26. jyny2006 Says:

    Cindy,
    I am a CTICU(open heart unit) nurse working in NY. I am planning of doing travelling nurse in Orlando, Florida. What is the name of your company that is recruiting ICU nurse? I would like to forward my application and I like to know the hourly rate.

  27. maria2012 Says:

    question, i live in ny, thinking of moving to south fl with my 6 yr old daughter. i have 2 years rn experience, annual income 60-62.
    what is the avg annual income in fl with my experience?

  28. ernurse0409 Says:

    To the Recruiter: I am Australian RN with a Bachelor Degree + Postgrad Cert in Critical Care Nursing (ER)I elegible for the E3 visa. (Usable in any State) I currently get 29.85 hr + 13% (E) 27%(N) 75%(Sat) 100% (Sun)I have a job offer in Orlando 24-28hr with 3% increase after 6 months. Locked in contract 18mths. What do you think? Could I do better in another State? It is hard to get hospitals to hire when you need a visa. The visa is very easy to get, but I have to have a job offer first.

  29. Andrea Says:

    I am and RN with 17 years experience in Michigan. I have my ADN and a BS in Health Care Administration. I have med/surg/onc experience, 3 years Medicare case management, 12 years private duty management and 6 years Medicare home care Administration experience. I am also a “guru” with Allscripts Home Care. My husband’s shop closed, and he is having difficulty finding a job. We are considering a move to Florida, and are wondering about the wages and availability of case management or health care administrative positions in the various cities. I don’t expect to make there what I make here, but would like some advice on areas to research. Also, is it better to use a recruiter or contact employers individually to apply?

  30. wanda Says:

    Wow! I am a Peds RN with 3yrs experience and in NJ as a new RN I started at 28.50hr I hear now they are starting at $30.00hr. Was hoping to move to florida but it’s a big pay cut.

  31. Alicia Miller Says:

    Hi, for case management and home health, there have been tons of jobs advertised for both. I am a new grad RN, May 3rd, and have been looking all over the place, and there are lots of jobs for case management as well as home health; I looked into it, but apparently there are separate certs for case management, and I’m working on my BSN so sticking to my favorites of ER/trauma/critical care for my certs, but I was curious, in the long-run, how much case managers make; is it usually salary? Is it better to work for a hospital or home health as a case manager? Because of pay and otherwise? Thanks, New Grad in May 2012.

    To be clear, yes, there are tons of case management and/or home health positions advertised; you can search any job board and put in some City names, west central use Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa; south is Miami, Fort Myers; north is Ocala, Gainesville; northeast, I believe is where Jacksonville is; way south are the Florida Keys, Marathon is one, Deer key is one. Hope that helps, and there are a ton of HCA hospitals-Largo Medical in Largo & Indian Rocks, St. Anthony’s in Pinellas Park (and at least 3 other HCAs I can think of; as well as Baycare hospital system in Dunedin, Clearwater, Seminole; Tampa General is a level I trauma center, and Clearwater/St. Pete have Suncoast Hospice and level II trauma at Bayfront Medical; Blake north and Manatee south of Clearwater are both level II as well, and they all go home with home health :)

    At the hospital I worked at over Summer, complete benefits that pay 100% plus 403(b), 529 college plan for kids, tuition reimbursement, dental, vision, and like I said, in-network is 100% with out of network doc visit about $30; for my whole family, 4 of us, and increased disability insurance, no deductible, $300 per month, my first job in the healthcare industry outside my home, so I don’t know how great it was but I got it on day 1 of employment, active within 2 weeks I think by the time I enrolled.

    Good luck! BTW in Seminole Clearwater area, nicer spots, a 2-bedroom house is about $1200/month plus utilities, if that helps perspective on cost of living. You’ll find something before you get here I bet!

  32. Tammy Says:

    If anyone can help, please! Canadian RN for 9 yrs (ER). Does anyone know a really good place? Was interviewed for a hospital in Florida, they wouldn’t even tell me what they pay rate was. Now I look it up and it’s terrible. Sure cost of living is lower in Florida, but Orlando seems not so cheap. I really want a great place to live, work, and stay. No more going from one job/place to another. If you make low pay, then when you retire, you have to live cheap because retirement income is based on percentage of pay while working. You’ll have to live somewhere cheap when you retire. please help. Thank you, all.

  33. Melanie Says:

    Can someone tell me what a new graduate RN with a bachelors can expect to make in Tampa or Clearwater Florida? Also, would anyone know of where to apply or any nurse recruiters that might be helpful. I obtained my degree in NYC, but am hoping to move to the Tampa area soon and hope to find a position. I hope someone can shed some light.

  34. Michele Says:

    Tammy:

    With your 9 years of experience you will make more than what the base pay that is discussed on this board. I can’t speak to your specific case because I have a combined history of six years with FH and a total of 14 years experience, my hourly base pay is in the low 30s for BSN/Critical Care. Also, ER usually offers a sign-on bonus as they are always in need of good nurses so you should qualify (check careerbuilders.com in addition to the FH website). The housing market is so devastated here that you can find homes for less than half of what they were six years ago while some town-homes are as inexpensive as 60K (a very cute town-home in my area sold for 57K though they are in the 70s as compared to 150s just a few years ago) so if you aren’t looking at Miami where property taxes are insane and cost of living still high with essentially the same pay you should be fine. Also, if you can get a travel assignment to either FH or another area hospital, then you won’t have to pay for housing and can look around to see the areas you like as well as watch houses sit on the market long enough to get a good deal (or jump on one that’s there already). Good luck!

  35. Danielle Says:

    I laughed out loud, quite literally, when I read the post by socretes3 about the rate of pay for new graduate nurses in Oklahoma. Laughed. Out. Loud. I am a new grad and have had 3 job offers at 3 different hospitals in Oklahoma City…they start out from 19.03-19.80 base pay per hour. Shift diffs are approx $5 per hour. I wish I could find a $40 an hour job, that would be amazing…but not happening as a new grad in Oklahoma.

  36. Sparks Says:

    I would like to know which “Oklahoma” socretes3 is referring to? Because I am an RN with a few years’ experience in the State of Oklahoma located in the USA and I haven’t come across any nursing job offering $40/hour! Might wanna check your facts buddy!

  37. wendy Says:

    Can anyone tell me about home care in Florida? I have been a home care nurse for 15 years and would love to relocate to Florida or NC. I see all this info about in hospital settings but never home care. Are there any hospital based CHHA agencies. Is everybody per diem? I have 3 kids- don’t want to take any chances on income if you know what I mean.

  38. ashley C. Says:

    new grad starting @ 26 hour for a drug rehab.

  39. Alina Says:

    I have multople openings in the Miami area, including case managers with great pay. Email me to go over your experience. Thanks!
    Alina

  40. Ivana Says:

    Hello All,

    I have about 2.5 years experience in both Psychiatry and General Nursing. I hold a dual degree in Psych and General Nursing and am looking to permanently move to Florida from Canada. Any ideas about good hospitals to work for in Orlando and how to apply when still in Canada as well as hourly rates. I have 3 kids and don’t want to move and find out this will not work out financially. Thank you!

  41. hgrn Says:

    i am currently living in houston tx and as a new rn with 2 years am making base pay of 24.50 struggling to survive guess florida is not an option made 23.00 in illinois as a grad nurse cost of living here is double:(

  42. tla1211 Says:

    Good lord! I was making more than all of the above 5 years ago in Akron Ohio of all places. This is really sad reading when I’m seeing some of the pay that LPNs are getting.

  43. Ashley Says:

    Omg I line in ct brand new rns start @ 39 something for.day.shifts i.wanted to move.to.fl.cause i.want.a.nice.house for cheap I don’t.want to make 23.dollars though im.in lpn ebook.that’s what we make.other.places.u could work.as a.n lpn.for.31.50

  44. Maya Says:

    Hi everyone,
    I am a foreign graduated RN from Europe, preparing the NCLEX RN with 3 years experience overseas. Been living in Florida for the past 2 years. If anybody knows a recruiter for Ft.Lauderdale or Miami, please email me on mala_majicka@yahoo.com
    Maya J.

  45. shirley Says:

    Now i am scared to death i was considering going to fl not so much now. I live in California and i make 41 dollars/hr i would have to cut my pay down way to much my cost of living is not bad we r frugal and my rent is only 1300 a month for a 3 bedroom 2 bath home with land.

  46. TampaRN5 Says:

    I have worked in various hospitals in the Tampa area in the last 22 years as an RN in various capacities. I have a diploma from Canada, (3yr), and make $37.50/hr, with OT available if you want it. I work in an outpatient infusion area of a hospital. M-F, no weekends, no holidays, 3-12hr shifts…..kinda awesome!

  47. OrlandoRN Says:

    TampaRN5 kinda awesome? That’s a dream job. R they hiring? New grads are in a precarious position here in Orlando. Starting pay usually $21 to $22. an hour and two year contracts. I’ve been here a year and 1/2 and am thinking of breaking this contract due to the absolute insanity of my hospital. I’ve talked to a few travel nurses and have heard mixed reviews about the west coast. any advice on the better hospitals to work for?

  48. Andrea Says:

    Hello, I am trying to get an accurate estimate of what a RN, BSN in and ICU day shift position averages in the Tampa area. I am relocating to Tampa area the end of January.

    TampaRN5 do you know of any current openings in your area? I am working on my masters degree and could use those hours.

  49. RNDreams Says:

    Hello , I am a graduating senior in high school as of June. Can anyone pls give me good steps of becoming a Nurse. This is my passion so, pls help me . And also what states/cities are ideal for Nurses?

  50. RPNDreams Says:

    Hi,I am Registered Psych Nurse in Canada, I have 5yrs experience working in a Psych Hospital, and I want to relocate to Florida in the near future. Will I be able to work as a Nurse or even as a Psych technician in Jacksonville Fl? I am also willing to upgrade if I have to.

  51. dknstaffing Says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I know that this forum is pertaining to Florida. However, our staffing agency has employment opportunities in the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix.

    The starting salary range from 63,000 to 79,000. We are mostly looking for experience nurses in ICU, ER, NICU, Hemo, L&D, Peds, Post Partum, and OR.

    If you are interested, please email dknstaffing@gamil.com and a recruiter will contact you.

  52. SyrRN Says:

    Hello Everyone, I live in Upstate NY and recently had a phone interview with a Miami area hospital. It’s for a medsurg position and they say you have no more than 4 patients on your shift. They offered me $26.00/hr. I want to know if this is good. I have just over 1yr experience and a BSN. If not, anyone know what is the best approach to asking for more/ Thanks

  53. Dee Says:

    Hi guys. I graduate in two weeks in NM and the AF just sent us to Fort Walton Beach in between Destin and Pensacola. Anyone out there know how much they start GNs with? Where I live now, they start us with 26 for ASN and 28 for BSN, 5 nights and 3 weekends. This is really good and I know FL sucks but how bad? Thanks for any feedback.

  54. susan Says:

    I agree with above wages for florida are lower than up north. I am looking for Rn Position in Jacksonville.,Fla area any ideas

  55. Susan Says:

    Hello all. I agree with pay scale for florida is low. I am looking for position in Oral surgery office for Implants as Rn any ideas.

  56. O Says:

    Also from what I have learned there is no income tax in FL, only corporate income tax which is 5.5%. In NY you get **** with taxes. My wife is a nurse in NY and even though they pay very well, after taxes you don’t really make what they pay you. So take that into consideration.

  57. BiancaRN Says:

    Wow, I am a little set back, I had gone on a website showing salaries for RN’s in Palm City, FL which said anywhere between 65k-80k year but reading these responses, it seems way off. I am an RN of 5 years and making in Long Island, NY $39/hr AMF. Does anyone know the going rate in Palm City, FL? I am really considering moving there but only if the pay is good. And does anyone know of any good hospitals to work at in this city? Any additional info regarding Palm City would be greatly appreciated. I have a 2yr old son and school districts are important to me too. Please help!

  58. Chicago Rn Says:

    I’m a new grad nurse in Chicago (going on my 2nd yr of nursing in Peds) the base pay here on ave is $27 with a $4-5 shift diff.. I was thinking about moving to Miami, I love it there

  59. TurboRN Says:

    Hello, I was just offered a position in Jacksonville for 22.57 day shift…it is a pay cut from my current position in Indiana…is this a relative average for the area? does anyone know about Tampa?? my priority is the school system for the little ones and jacksonville has some great school…suggestions between Tampa or Jax????

  60. Gaviel7799 Says:

    I’m sure by now you are living your dream in South Florida (Miami), my sister graduated with a BSN from the University of Central Florida 2 years ago. Her current hourly salary is $26.00 I hope this information helps!

  61. Mark Ongpauco Says:

    I work in a large metropolitan hospital here at Jacksonville and new grads BSN starts at $24.50-25/hr. Night shift differential is $6.75 weekdays and $10.25 weekends. Florida salaries run at $22-25/hr based on where you work.

  62. Kris,from PA Says:

    Hello to everyone!!! I am thinking to move to Florida next year,,,of course really interesting about pay rate and RN-Pt ratio. I have 2 years experience from Med,surg/telemetry to Cardiac Step down for now. My rate is 28.5 /hour, and I work nights. For day shift it will be 27/hr. I am looking to work Tampa General Hospital or some in Sarasota area. Also I found really good place to live- Boca Raton. Any info about pay in that particular areas?? Thanks a lot in adavnce!!!

  63. Grace from VA Says:

    I worked in level 3 Nicu and planning to work in Tampa area hospital .I have 30 yrs of Nicu experience.Anybody know the rate per hr

  64. Linda, from NJ Says:

    Man from all these responses I’m not sure if I want to move to florida anymore! Associate RN, started at a local hospital in northjersey with 31.05/hr and that was day shift! But then again..rent in a nice area can run 1800 for a 2 bedroom.

  65. Yahi Says:

    Does anyone know how much is the base rate for a nurse with 17 years of experience at Florida Hospital?

  66. Lala Says:

    Brandon Regional Hospital, in Brandon, Florida (very close to Tampa) is currently hiring nurses and the pay is very good. We have a union, that is why our current pay rate. I have 16 ys of experience and my pay is 36.25 an hr diff is $3.00 from 3-11p, a little bit more for night shift. Come join us.

  67. Kris from PA Says:

    Hello,Lala!!! Thank for the answer..
    what about salary for Staff nurse III, with experience in critical care field ( cardiac step down)??? Is that true, in Florida you don’t pay federal income tax?? How much I could pay to rent decent house (low crime, family oriented area) ??
    How big is PTO ?? How many holidays per year and what the pay-ratio for holidays??
    I am so interested in all.Thanks !!!

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