By Sandra Frykman, R.N.
What’s it like to have a nursing job in California? Forget everything you think you know -- here are the highlights of being a nurse in the Golden State.
1. California nurses earn more than nurses in any other state…
The average salary for a nursing job in California clocks in at over $100,000 per year, says the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. And where are the country’s ten highest-paying metro areas all located? You guessed it -- the Golden State!
2. ...And those high wages can come with with a lower than expected cost of living
You don’t have to live in the pricier San Francisco Bay or Los Angeles areas to enjoy those high California nursing job salaries. Some of the highest paying locales are in California regions where the cost of living and housing is lower than you might expect. This includes places like:
- The state capital, Sacramento, where the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is only $916
- Vallejo, a waterfront city with its own ferry connection to San Francisco and the lowest rents in the Bay Area, and
- Modesto, famous for being George Lucas’s hometown and just a short drive away from breathtaking Yosemite National Park.
Also on the list of high paying locales: regions near Mendocino National Forest and in California’s historic gold country.
3. California nurses, you’re in demand
California has only 809 RNs for every 100,000 state residents, one of the lowest ratios in the country. And in a recent survey, more than 90 percent of hospitals reported demand for California RNs being greater than the available supply. This all adds up to lots of opportunities for people who want a nursing job in California.
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5. The best working conditions in the country?
In 1999 California became the first state to pass a law limiting the number of patients to which a single nurse can be assigned. On most hospital wards it’s 1:5, in Intensive Care Units, that ratio drops to 1:2. The law took effect in 2004 and researchers say that, since then, the injury and illness rates among California nurses dropped by more than 30 percent.
The law was largely due to the efforts of the California Nurses Association (CNA), the largest nurses’ union in America, which also involves itself in lobbying for universal healthcare and lower drug costs.
6. There’s no end to the awesome activities you can do in your downtime
Where do we start? You can go skiing in Tahoe, surf the coasts in the north or south, enjoy wine country, visit Disneyland, watch whales, visit the state’s famed redwood and sequoia trees -- the possibilities are truly endless!