When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($38.06 per hour) can be spotted in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Grand Junction, Colo. ($29.30), Evansville, Ind. (approximately $24.79), and Huntington, W.Va. (around $22.27) are the next top-paying cities. Langhorne, Pa. is near the bottom for pay at $14.61. Within the company, workers earn the highest pay (an average of about $37.59 per hour) in Colorado.
Operating Room Registered Nurses represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $29.26 per hour — though Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Registered Nurses, and Physical Therapists also do fairly well at $27.00, $26.65, and about $26.36, respectively. Near the bottom at St. Mary's Medical Center are Certified Nurse Assistants, pulling in an average of just $11.44.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $17.41 per hour. Overall, the greater share of St. Mary's Medical Center folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $17.40 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialists have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at approximately $37.72 per hour. The highest-paying degree here is an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN); St. Mary's Medical Center awards $33.46 to these degree-holders.
Employees who count Intensive Care Unit among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $33.45 per hour. Acute Care also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other skills in demand are Operating Room / OR, Medicine / Surgery, and Electronic Medical Records.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 36 percent receiving paid vacation and one in seven survey participants receiving paid sick days. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a strong majority of respondents, and a majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Advantages of working here also include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and 401(a).