I'm going to compare something for you... I don't work for anywhere near good pay as a nurse in the area. In fact, I make about $8 less than the average. My starting annual salary was "only" about 74k and I just received a slight bump in my base pay (I'm still at the bottom) and now gross around $81k. The lowest annual salary where I live brings in around $89k. SoCal is a very tight market for nurses, lots of them and few spots. Down there they can expect a salary between $52k and $59k. That's starting... and no OT figured in this, with 36 hrs/week for 12 hour shifts. If I worked a 40 hr work week at my current hourly wage, I'd make just around $90k/year gross.Yeah, in my area. Amr starts off at 40k/year fresh outta medic school. With 2 years exp its 45k after 4 years its 48k then 50k after 5 years. Plus they give bonus pay for like hazmat and extra certs.
40k is big ballin where I live. Not much I wouldn't do for that type of money.
Generally speaking, you have to be a firefighter to approach or exceed what I make. Incidentally, around here, even the firefighter base salary doesn't approach this, though once they're OK to accept OT shifts, it becomes very easy to blast well past my salary. Just 15 years ago there were some Firefighters, not AO's or Captains, that made >$100k/yr....