Starting Salary for VA LPN - page 2

by hcra19 9,533 Views | 26 Comments

My husband is just starting all the paperwork for the VA. I was curious to know where everyone started on the pay scale. My husband has been working as an LPN since Dec. 2011....so it will be right around a year when he... Read More


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    Quote from navyvet13
    How does that work with military service? Does that count towards salary?
    If your job in the military is equivalent to the job at the VA you get credit for experience. And you can/may use your military time towards the retirement plan the VA has.

    If you are a qualifying veteran you also receive hiring preference.

    As for the GS or VA pay system someone else can explain it better but the basics are you are hired a pay grade usually somewhere between GS or VA 4 through 11 if you are not management. Each pay grade has steps. the steps can vary from 1 to 10. If you are a GS 6 step 5 you earn more than a GS 6 step 2.

    There is also locality pay. It essentially works something like a cost of living allowance. Your Locality pay is going to be much better for San Francisco than it is for Bismarck ND.

    2011 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables

    USA Jobs is advertising LPN slots at GS 6 step 2 it looks like. Salary range is about $27K to $45K per year.
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    My husband starts at the va in a few weeks. He was told he would be working rotating shifts. Day/ night. Does anyone have any experience with this? Also would he get paid the night premium on his night weeks?
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    Quote from hcra19
    My husband starts at the va in a few weeks. He was told he would be working rotating shifts. Day/ night. Does anyone have any experience with this? Also would he get paid the night premium on his night weeks?
    What this means that your husband can work either shift. Depending on the needs of his department he could work both shifts in the same week. Also from my experience the nurse's who have seniority who are assigned to the day/night shift will work very few nights and the only time he will work day shifts is vacations etc.
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    Quote from jeckrn

    What this means that your husband can work either shift. Depending on the needs of his department he could work both shifts in the same week. Also from my experience the nurse's who have seniority who are assigned to the day/night shift will work very few nights and the only time he will work day shifts is vacations etc.
    I was told my packet was sent to board for determination will work mental health unit... Waiting on date to do medical and fingerprint... Hope i hear something soon.
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    Quote from jkesler

    If your job in the military is equivalent to the job at the VA you get credit for experience. And you can/may use your military time towards the retirement plan the VA has.

    If you are a qualifying veteran you also receive hiring preference.

    As for the GS or VA pay system someone else can explain it better but the basics are you are hired a pay grade usually somewhere between GS or VA 4 through 11 if you are not management. Each pay grade has steps. the steps can vary from 1 to 10. If you are a GS 6 step 5 you earn more than a GS 6 step 2.

    There is also locality pay. It essentially works something like a cost of living allowance. Your Locality pay is going to be much better for San Francisco than it is for Bismarck ND.

    2011 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables

    USA Jobs is advertising LPN slots at GS 6 step 2 it looks like. Salary range is about $27K to $45K per year.
    Thanks for info i did qualify for hiring preferance. Also is there a relocation assistance for out of state hires?
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    It would be in the recruitment announcement. More then likely no, they will not cover relocation since it is not a hard to fill position
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    Quote from jeckrn
    It would be in the recruitment announcement. More then likely no, they will not cover relocation since it is not a hard to fill position
    Just got my salary determination so now just waiting on VETPRO and medical and fingerprint.
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    What VA are you going to work at? I am on military leave from the Erie, PA VAMC.
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    Quote from jeckrn
    What VA are you going to work at? I am on military leave from the Erie, PA VAMC.
    North TX
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    Quote from jeckrn
    What VA are you going to work at? I am on military leave from the Erie, PA VAMC.
    Noth TX


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