california lvn pay scale

  1. Could someone give me some insight into the average pay scale for LVNs in Sacramento? I have had two job interviews and the pay seems SO low. Per Diem is high of course, but I was looking for full time. With the cost of Daycare, why work if my whole check will just pay for daycare? If I could know what some of the others in the LVN field are getting perhaps I can have more fuel in the interviews. Thanks
    LDSHAW
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  3. by   CA CoCoRN
    I don't know about the national or state wide pay range...but at my facility LVN's start at about $11 and cap out at approx $19 (after many years of experience/shift differential).
    Pay is not that great for LVNs across the board...and, sorry to say, that's why I encourage people NOT to become LVNs...at least for the long term. Especially not if you're looking for the earning power.

    I understand that some choose LVN as a permanent career path, or as a stepping stone, but it's very important to realize the implications of each choice.
  4. by   hopefully
    Quote from CA CoCoRN
    I don't know about the national or state wide pay range...but at my facility LVN's start at about $11 and cap out at approx $19 (after many years of experience/shift differential).
    Pay is not that great for LVNs across the board...and, sorry to say, that's why I encourage people NOT to become LVNs...at least for the long term. Especially not if you're looking for the earning power.

    I understand that some choose LVN as a permanent career path, or as a stepping stone, but it's very important to realize the implications of each choice.
    Why is it so low over there? Payscale.com stated that LVN makes an avearge of 48k a year. Is this wrong then?
  5. by   Genista
    Go to www.salary.com
    For the Sacramento area, median salary is about $38,000 for full time LVNs. Averages out to about $20/hr. Sounds aboout close to what LVNs are making where I work (+/- for experience).
  6. by   Hunter's Mom
    just landed in camp pendleton, ca. looking for a job and curious about paycheck and daycare............also
  7. by   nicey
    I don't know why the pay is so low....i live in southern california and my job hires new grads starting at $21.00/hr in a SNF
  8. by   happylvn
    25-30/hour working private duty/independent LVN
  9. by   ironica01
    Quote from ldshaw
    Could someone give me some insight into the average pay scale for LVNs in Sacramento? I have had two job interviews and the pay seems SO low. Per Diem is high of course, but I was looking for full time. With the cost of Daycare, why work if my whole check will just pay for daycare? If I could know what some of the others in the LVN field are getting perhaps I can have more fuel in the interviews. Thanks
    LDSHAW
    My friend lives in the East coast and was an LPN.
    she started at 15/hr back in 1995 at LTC. she was able to get into an acute care hospital and started at 19/hr. now she's making 27/hr which is the astrting rate for new grad RN here. agency pays as much as $37/hr.
    Her husband was relocated to West Covina and she had to move as well.she was so disappointed that despite her years of experience she's just making $19.75/hr. (back to squareone).
  10. by   missnursiepooh
    currently working a half hour north of sacramento making $24 an hour as new grad in ltc
  11. by   happyanne
    Quote from nicey
    I don't know why the pay is so low....i live in southern california and my job hires new grads starting at $21.00/hr in a SNF
    I started working as a new LVN in San Jose earning $25/hour.
    I am considering moving to the San Diego area, and I hear LVN
    salaries are much lower there.
    Anyone has info on LVN salaries in San Diego?
  12. by   happyanne
    Quote from CA CoCoRN
    I don't know about the national or state wide pay range...but at my facility LVN's start at about $11 and cap out at approx $19 (after many years of experience/shift differential).
    Pay is not that great for LVNs across the board...and, sorry to say, that's why I encourage people NOT to become LVNs...at least for the long term. Especially not if you're looking for the earning power.

    I understand that some choose LVN as a permanent career path, or as a stepping stone, but it's very important to realize the implications of each choice.
    $11/hour for a starting LVN in CA? Are you sure?
    I know some high school dropouts who make $12/hour babysitting.
  13. by   Kashia
    As An Lvn My Pay Range Has Always Been $21-26 Hr. Also- Lvns Can Do Own Independant Work Through Medical And Regional Dds, Listing Yourself As A Provider ( Check Internet) Or Pm Me If Interested I Can Give You Some Numbers.
    This Is Being Your Own Boss, Billing Above Agenciesdirectly And Dds Paying Almost $30 Hr, Medical Paing About $25, You Run Your Own Business Pay Your Own Taxes Findyour Own Cases Which Is Not Hard Because The Agencies Can Not Supply The Demand.
    I Would Question Any Job That Pays Less Than $20 Hr Because Most Pay That And More...my Experience. Good Luck.
    Ps/ Sacto Is Dirty Very Polluted So What You Make Will Not Compensate The Health Of You And Your Family. Best Of Luck!
  14. by   TheCommuter
    I completed a Southern California LVN program in the Los Angeles area last October. Numerous facilities and employers visited our school during the week of graduation for recruitment purposes.

    Kaiser Hospitals were offering $17 to start. Northeast Valley Health Center offered $15 to start. Olive View Medical Center offered a base salary of $2550 monthly. The LTCFs and home health agencies were offering anywhere from $18 to $21 to start.

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