What if you were just starting your career, had no ties to an area, and could go where the money is?
Where would Millionaire Nurses go?
Well, doing a little research today-I have more questions than answers. Kiplinger has this chart on their opinions about quality of life, income trends, and cost of living-but it is not specific for nurses.
Now, trying to cross reference between the two-gives the nod to Houston and Atlanta, for having the highest ranges of nursing salaries, with the lowest cost of living.
New York City, and Los Angeles had higher pay for nurses, but their cost of living ranks were off the charts. Dallas was about average on both counts. St Louis had very low cost of living, but also ranked low in average salary for nurses.
Now of course, there are many variables to where you want to live. The most important of which is usually family support. Job availability is becoming more important for a lot of families who have had one of the breadwinners laid off, or under-employed.
Nursing is a great career in that job security is much higher than with many other professions with similar schooling requirements. And though we all think nurses are under-payed and over-worked, the pay for nurses is great compared to many other fields.
So, let us know your thoughts on your pay, quality of living where you work, and where you would go, if you had the ability to move tomorrow. And if you have seen any links or websites with more information on this subject, make a comment, and include the link.