Why do LPNs only make $40K per year?

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    I am considering a career change to nursing. I'm thinking of entering into the LPN program because once I'm accepted I only have to be out of work for one year, as opposed to two. After I get my LPN licensure I am going to bridge to RN.

    My question is why is it that no matter how many years of experience you have LPNs only make 40k a year? Why do LTC facilities pay so low? Can you do home care nursing as an LPN?



    Dear Why,

    It's an unfortunate reality that LPNs do not make high wages. This despite hard work and their expertise.

    LTC facilities pay what they do because of supply and demand- they can.

    LPNs can do home care within their scope of practice in their state, yes.

    When you get your RN, the ceiling on your pay increases greatly. You will not regret getting your RN.

    You may want to reconsider getting your LPN first and then getting your RN. It will take less time to directly get your RN. Therefore you will be making more money sooner.


    Best wishes,

    Nurse Beth

    Last edit by Nurse Beth on May 18
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Stepney
    I totally agree with Nurse Beth. Go straight for the RN. Save time. Sometimes it is difficult to get a job as an LPN and the experience you will receive does not always transfer to acute care. I see LPNs who work very hard, know their nursing and are sometimes indistinguishable from RNs, but do not come close to the income or respect they deserve. Do not take the long road to what you want.
  4. by   DocsWifey
    Unfortunately some RN's only make 40k as well. It all depends where and which state you're working in.
  5. by   lpnsrock01
    Hmmm I am an LPN and have worked jobs that paid me over 50,000 a year. I guess it will depend on where you live and what type of job you are doing. I have been an MDS Coordinator, Case Reviewer and am now in Case Management. You need to decide your career path and go where you want and how you want.

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