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Canada

Salaries of General Duty Registered Nurse (RN)
(Salaries for 2003/2004)
All Data in Canadian Dollars
(For Exchange Rates Click Here )

  Canadian Dollars
Per Hour
Canadian Dollars
Annual Income
Wage Increase Annual
Hours
Incremental
Steps
Provincial Union Min Max Min Max Effective
Ontario Nurses' Association (N1) $20.500 $30.240 39,975 $58,968 1/04/00 1950 9
United Nurses of Alberta * (N2) $23.750 $30.110 45,460 $57,634 1/04/01 1914 8
British Columbia NU (N3) $22.950 $29.750 43,123 $55,900 1/10/01 1879 9
FII Quebec $17.110 $25.489 32,252 $48,048 1/01/01 1855 12
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses $20.510 $24.920 39,969 $48,564 1/04/01 1949 5
Newfoundland/Labrador NU $19.330 $24.060 37,693 $46,917 1/05/01 1950 7
New Brunswick NU (N4) $19.860 $24.170 38,727 $47,131 1/07/01 1950 6
Manitoba Nurses' Union $20.459 $24.119 41,224 $48,599 1/04/01 2015 6
Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (N5) $22.350 $26.220 43,572 $51.123 1/11/01 1950 6
Prince Edward Island Nurses' Union $19.350 $23.580 37,732 $45,981 1/04/01 1950 6

*


Switzerland

Salaries for Nurses

All Data in Swiss Francs
(For Exchange Rates Click Here )

Despite a large private health sector, the majority of the hospitals in Switzerland are owned by the Cities, Municipalities or Cantons (States). Although there are regional differences in the pay scale, these are not large. Each Canton has an exact pay scale (2004/5) and there is very little discretionary element in pay. There is a high possibility for overtime or night work, which will increase take home pay substantially. Rates in Private Hospitals might be higher.

Position Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne Area Other Parts
Experienced Nurses (RN) There are 26 States or Cantons () in Switzerland and each Canton has its own Salary and Benefits agreement for nurses and hospital personnel. Most of the hospitals are run by the Cantons. The salary levels differ somewhat but by and large tend to be similar with Geneva, (Geneva) Lausanne (Vaud), and Zurich area (Zurich) being somewhat higher than the rest of the country. But costs of housing in these cantons is also considerably higher. Private hospitals pay similar rates though they might vary more. *

A

57,600 - 63,600

For a 42 hour week
3 weeks paid Vacation

*

*

A

55,200 - 61,200

For a 42 hour week
3 weeks paid Vacation


*

The data is at this time very limited, but it will gradually become more informative. Any feedback is appreciated.


United Kingdom

Salaries for Nurses and Care Givers and Allied Health Care Professionals

All Data in Pound Sterling
(For Exchange Rates Click Here )

Note: These are samples of Salaries (2004/5) and are given as an indication only. The NHS rates below are those effective April 2004. The sources for the salaries are NHS, BUPA and various other advertised jobs.


Position Inner London Area Outside London
Experienced Nursing Auxiliaries and Junior Nurses
(i.e. for Foreign Nurses who do not have a UKCC/NMC PIN Number)
Grades A, B are Auxiliary Nurses Rates and C is a Junior Nurse

A

13,816 - 16,466

B

15,651 - 17,811

C

17,341 - 20.501

£ 7.67 to 11.38 per hour are recently advertised rates
(36 hour week- 1800 hours a year)

There is also an additional Cost of Living Allowance for Nurses working in London and the South East amounting to £600-£1,000 p.a.

Grades A, B are Auxiliary Nurses Rates and C is a Junior Nurse

A

10,375 - 13,025

B

12,210 - 14,370

C

13,900 - 17,060

Outside the Inner City area of london there is an Outer London area allowance for all grade A to I of £ 2,688 p.a.
In the Fringe Zone (some large city areas and in the outer zones around London (beyond the above) there is an additional allowance of £ 753 p.a.

£Staff Nurses (all grades)

Grade D is for a newly qualified Nurse

London allowance is £3,441 - per annum in addition to the salary shown in the grades on the right

Salaries by Grade
(in Pound Sterling)

D

20,501 - 22,271

E

21,671 - 25,456

F

23,671 - 28,691

G

29,151 - 29,621

H

30,091 - 34,416

I

30,091 - 35,401

There is also an additional Cost of Living Allowance for Nurses working in London and the South East amounting to £600-£1,000 p.a. which is not included above.

Grade D London Sample Salary
£19,380-23,087pa + benefits (recently -2004- advertised)

The NHS Hospitals have a fixed rate of pay across the country. The pay is determined by your “grade” and how many years you have been in that particular grade.
Going from the low to the highest Grade takes four years


Salaries by Grade
(in Pound Sterling)

D

17,060 - 18,830

E

18,230 - 22,015

F

20,220 - 25,250

G

25,710 - 26,180

H

26,650 - 30,975

I

26,650 - 31,960
Charge Nurse £25,448-28,072pa + benefits (recently advertised)  
Senior Ward Sister/Deputy Matron   £26,000 - 28,000 + benefits (recently advertised)
Modern Matron

H

30,091 - 35,401

I

37,397 - 42,801

H

26,650 - 31,960

I

33,956 - 39,361
Nurse Consultant

NurCon

38,168 - 50,903

NurCon

33,940 - 46,675
Care Assistants (for Elderly Care or Long Term Care)   £5.60 - £ 6.50 per hour ( £10,500 to £12,100 per annum for a 36 hour week) depending on experience

Allied Health Professionals

Position Inner London Area Outside London
Assistants
Chiropody
Physiotherapy
Orthoptics
Occupational Therapy
Dietetics
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Arts therapies
Speech and Language Therapy
Paramedics
Psychology
Psychotherapy
Radiography
*

Basic

21,028 - 23,149

Sen II

22,338 - 27,569

Sen II

28,115 - 28,672

Sen I

25,926 - 30,283

Sen I

30,638 - 31,003

AHP Cons

38,168 - 50,903

*

Chief Head
Super-
intendent III

29,223 - 31,828

Chief Head
Super-

intendent III

32,288 - 32,768

Grades in Italics are discretionary pay rates

*

Basic

19,873 - 21,605

Sen II

21,017 - 24,709

Sen II

22,956 - 27,865

Sen I

26,508 - 30,568

Sen I

26,410 - 26,775

AHP Cons

33,940 - 46,675

*

Chief Head
Super-
intendent III

24,995 - 27,600

Chief Head
Super-

intendent III

28,060 - 28,540

Grades in Italics are discretionary pay rates


Income Tax


As a worker in the UK you will be subject to the same taxes as a UK resident under the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) Scheme, which comprises of Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions.

The basic rate of Income Tax from April 2004 are 22% on your taxable earnings. These rates are set by the Government and can vary from time to time.


National Insurance


National Insurance contributions help pay for some of the benefits that you may receive whilst working in the UK. This is also set by the Government and changes at the beginning of the Tax year (6th April).

When you enter the UK and are intending to work, even for a short period, you must apply for a National Insurance number.


UK - Cost of Living


The currency in the UK is the Pound Sterling (£) and is issued in "Pounds and Pence". (£ = Pounds, p = Pence). There are 100 Pence to the Pound. Denominations are £100, £50, £20, £10 and £5 notes and £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p and 1p coins. Most goods and services have 'Value Added Tax' (VAT) added. This is currently 17.5%.

Prices vary across the UK. Major population centres such Bristol, Birmingham, London, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester are the most expensive to live while smaller towns and villages are cheaper. A selected sample of average price for the most commonly used goods and services is shown below:

Rent of one room in a flat or similar per month: £250
Price of monthly bus pass for city centre: £32.00
Train fare (journey of about 30minutes): £5.00
Cinema Ticket: £5.00
Theatre Ticket: from £10.00 up
Museum/Gallery Entrance: £3.00 or FREE!
3-Course dinner for two (upmarket excluding wine): £80
3-Course dinner for two (mid-market excluding wine): £35-£40
3-Course dinner for two (budget excluding wine): £20
Fast Food dinner (burger, chips and cola) for two: £6.00
Pint of Beer/Lager: £2.50
Bottle of Wine: £12.00 and up (in restaurant/bar) £5.00 - 7.00 and up (supermarket)
Glass of cheap Wine: £3.00
Spirit + mixer ( hard drink) : £ 3.00
Cup of coffee: £1.50
Cup of tea: £1.60


The UK has a selection of both large chain stores and smaller individually owned shops. Most shops now open 7 days a week. though, some still close on a Sunday. There are four major supermarket chains - TESCO, ASDA, SAINSBURY's and SAFEWAY. These are to be found in almost every city and town. MARKS & SPENCERS also sells groceries in the larger shops. The supermarkets sell groceries, household items, toiletries, magazines, newspapers etc. Many now also sell clothes and CD' s or videos. A selected price list for groceries is shown below:
Loaf of Bread: 60p
Pint of Milk: 40p
Bag of Sugar: 60p
Packet of Tea Bags: £1.50
Jar of Coffee: £2.00
Bottle of Coca Cola: 70p
Tin of Soup: 35p
Ready meal for two: £4.00
Pack of sandwiches: £2.00
Can of juice: 40p
Packet of Potatoe Chips: 36p
Chocolate bar: 35p
All prices are approximate.
January 2002
Source: Cost of Living Index.


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USA

Recent Salaries for Registered Nurses (RN)
(Salaries for 2004)
All Data in USA Dollars
(For Exchange Rates Click Here )

Dark blue are Salary Ranges from current advertisements - Light blue are National average wages

Job Level United States Dollars
Per Hour
United States Dollars
Annual Income
USA Certification and Qualification Weekly/ Annual
Hours
Foreign Nurses Certification Requirement in addition to USA Certification/ education Requirement
  Min Max Min Max  
Certified Nursing Assistant 8.00 11.00 15,600 21,450 High school diploma, and certified as a CNA (two weeks course at the American Red Cross) 39/1,950 Not available
Certified Medical Assistant 10.00 15.00 18,750 28,125 High school diploma, and certified as a CMA 37.5/1,875 Not available
Licensed Practical Nurse 15.00

17.44

18.00

19.84

28,500

33,136

34,200

37,706

High school diploma, and certified as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with 2-4 years of clinical experience 38/1,900 Not available
Registered Nurse

(Staff Nurse)
18.00

22.22

23.00

25.43

34,500

42,230

48,048

48,330

Associate's Degree and certified as a Registered Nurse with 2-4 years of clinical experience. 38/1,900 CGFNS and NCLEX
Clinical Nurse Specialist 25.48 36.07 48,412 68,543 Requires a Master's Degree, and is a Registered Nurse with 2-4 years of clinical experience. 38/1,900 CGFNS and NCLEX
Nurse Practitioner 31.70 37.04 61,807 72,246 University graduate level (B.S), nationally Board Certified in specialty area based on RN licensure and state authority for advanced practice. 39/1,950 CGFNS and NCLEX
Nurse Anesthetist 49.41 58.37 96,352 113,830 Bachelor's Degree in nursing, at least one year of experience in an acute care nursing setting, and a Graduate Degree (Masters) in nurse anesthesia. RN licensure 39/1950 CGFNS and NCLEX
Nurse Manager
32.14 38.27 62,686 74,631 Bachelor's Degree in nursing. Must be a Registered Nurse with at least 7 years of clinical experience in a related field. Generally manages nurses and clinical technicians. 39/1,950 CGFNS and NCLEX
Occupational Nurse 26.20 30.80 49,797 58,528 Provides nursing care at the worksite for employees and customers. An Associate's Degree and is a Registered Nurse with at least 2-4 years of experience 38/1,900 CGFNS and NCLEX
Physician Assistant 33.56 37.88 65,448 73,883 Bachelor's Degree with 2-4 years of clinical experience. Must meet any state requirements pertaining to a physician assistant 39/1950 Meet any state requirements for a physician assistant. These Jobs are very often taken by foreign doctors awaiting USA certification.

*

Australia

Public Service Salaries of General Duty Registered Nurses (RN)
Full and Part Time (Salaries for 2004)
All Data in Australian Dollars
(For Exchange Rates Click Here )

The wages and conditions for nurses in Australia are determined by various Awards and Agreements. Generally speaking, awards of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission provide the legal minimum for wages and working conditions. In addition to this, nurses in the public health sector and in private hospitals are normally covered by an industrial agreement which provide additional wages and working conditions. While there is some degree of consistency, wages and conditions can vary depending on the relevant State/Territory and the specific area of nursing.

This area is constantly updated and incomplete data will be added to as and when we receive the information
  Australian Dollars
Per Hour
Australian Dollars
Annual Income
Wage Annual
Hours
Incremental
Steps
Provincial Union Min Max Min Max Effective
New South Wales $16.80 $24.60 33,202 $46,623 2002 1824 8
South Australia $ $   $      
Victoria $ $   $      
Tasmania $ $   $      
Queensland $ $   $      
Northern Territories $ $   $      
Western Australia RN
(Levels 1.1-5.4)
Senior Nurse (levels 1-10)
$18.58

$30.75
$41.33

$46.86
35,666

59,043
$79,352

$89,975
2002-2003 1920 24

10
Australian Capital Territory $ $   $      
               
Minimum Wage Award $14.13 $24.64 27,130 $47,310 2002 1920 6

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