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Unpaid Wages & Mandatory Overtime For Hourly Nurses
The job market for nurses is flourishing and you will find it an excellent place to be if you are looking for a career that is filled with opportunities and commands high wages. If you are already working in this vital profession you’ll be pleased to know that for the 15th year in a row nurses are rated the most honest and ethical professionals in the United States. Below you will find other relevant stats from thousands of men and women surveyed in the field that will show you a number of positive things happening in the profession.
The first positive thing you will notice is that wages are on the rise for registered nurses and even more so for licensed practical nurses. This is a very surprising fact since more than half of registered nurses and more than three quarters of licensed practical nurses work for an average hourly wage of $37 and $22 an hour respectively, but are seeing a reduction in the amount of overtime they have to work.
One thing that is important to consider when you step into this line of work is union membership. It is rare to see registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in a union. You will find that only a little over a tenth of registered nurses can be found in a union and slightly more than five percent of licensed practical nurses are in a union. As a registered nurse, you can find up to a 14% increase in wages over a non-union worker if you are in a union. As a licensed practical nurse, you could find your wages increased by up to 11% in a union over what a non-union worker could get in similar circumstances.
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About the Author
Tim Becker Partner at Minneapolis’ Johnson // Becker PLLC, and lead sponsor of WageAdvocates.com. He is committed to providing clients effective, aggressive legal representation, and has prosecuted numerous individual FLSA violation claims.