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Old 06-15-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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I may or may not be moving to either Texas or Virginia in the next year, and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on nursing in Austin, especially compared to the Monterey Bay area in California. Specifically, could anyone give some advice on average patient:nurse ratios, and what would be the best hospital to work in Austin. Also what would be the average salary for a nurse in Austin?
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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I may or may not be moving to either Texas or Virginia in the next year, and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on nursing in Austin, especially compared to the Monterey Bay area in California. Specifically, could anyone give some advice on average patient:nurse ratios, and what would be the best hospital to work in Austin. Also what would be the average salary for a nurse in Austin?
My wife and I are both in this field. It's competitive. Do you have experience? Wages are low in Austin compared to other cities. New grad RNs can expect to start under 25 an hour, more like 22-24. BSNs are strongly preferred, but if you have experience it won't matter as much. On a typical med/surg floor at the 2 main hospital systems (Seton & St Davids) you'll see 5:1 on days and 6:1 on nights. Work close to where you live, the hospitals vary in size and age, good working conditions exist on some floors in all the hospitals and vice versa. Houston has higher salary for RNs than Austin, however the high-paying positions in Houston are still highly competitive.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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If at all possible, get your MS to be an NP. Opens up much better opportunities.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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My sister in law and her family moved from California. She ended up choosing to live in Houston because the pay was higher there.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:41 AM
 
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Yes. You won't find better hourly wages in Austin. I am working for a small company, per diem, and get a $32.00 hourly wage. Home health companies in the area pay $50-60,000 full time. Not sure what the hospitals are paying these days.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:05 AM
 
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I am a Nurse Practitioner in Austin and our pay is also much less than Houston and Dallas. The hospital networks here take advantage of the fact that people want to live in Austin for the quality of life. The Seton Network is about to have another layoff.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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My wife and I are both in this field. It's competitive. Do you have experience? Wages are low in Austin compared to other cities. New grad RNs can expect to start under 25 an hour, more like 22-24. BSNs are strongly preferred, but if you have experience it won't matter as much. On a typical med/surg floor at the 2 main hospital systems (Seton & St Davids) you'll see 5:1 on days and 6:1 on nights. Work close to where you live, the hospitals vary in size and age, good working conditions exist on some floors in all the hospitals and vice versa. Houston has higher salary for RNs than Austin, however the high-paying positions in Houston are still highly competitive.
Okay, thank you very much. So I take it it would be better to live/work in Dallas than in Austin?
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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Okay, thank you very much. So I take it it would be better to live/work in Dallas than in Austin?
That's not what I'm saying at all. If maximizing your hourly wages as an RN is your top priority in choosing where to live, then perhaps. It's certainly not mine.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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It is not a matter of just Maximizing your salary but can you live a comfortable lifestyle with the current salaries based on the cost of living in the Austin area. Myself being in a one income home and being an RN is a challenge. The rates of pay are vary so much from state to state. You can literally make as much as 8-10.00/hr less in some locations which equals 16-20k a year in less salary that has a major impact on quality of living. I was looking at Austin as possible relocation I have to say this salary news is very disappointing.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Pensacola, FL
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I was looking at Austin as possible relocation I have to say this salary news is very disappointing.
I have to agree. Other than the hot weather, Austin has seemed perfect in every aspect for me. I am currently single with no children (23 years old) so I don't think I'll be paycheck-to-paycheck but I'm also thinking about the long term.

Does anyone know if any of the hospitals can commit to scheduling you overtime? My buddy here in Pensacola was hired with the agreement that he'd get four 12s a week. I'd definitely be interested in something like that.

Lastly, I haven't seen anyone recommend hospitals. I'm not familiar with the area as I still have a little over a year before I want to move but I'd like to become familiar with some names and further my research. Thanks!
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