Well, I haven't been an LPN for about 3 years now but....the most I ever made around missouri (with 10 years exp.) was 14.65/hr. A nursing home I worked at was 14/hr. Nusing homes always pay more then hospitals. I know around KC you can make about 16.00-20.00 working agency. I am clueless about Mizzou since I'm from the western side of MO. Our hospital starts new grads out at around 11/hr with 10% shift diff. I worked for the state of Missouri as an LPN II- and made about 14.65/hr( they are pretty set in their salary and have facilities all over the state). I hope this gives u a good idea. California wadges are way higher then this area- more people- higher cost of living- etc. Good new here is u can rent a newer 3 bedroom 2 bath house in a really really nice neighborhood for less then 1,000/month, in a suburb. Gas is 1.39-1.45/gal (today) and the serenity of small town living is priceless.