Experienced LPN/Future RN pay question

U.S.A. Washington


Hey all,

Anyone out there gone the LPN to RN route?

I'd like to hear from someone who has, and am curious to know if their LPN experience made a difference in their new RN grad wage.

I"ll have been an LPN for 12-13 years (at least) by the time I'm an RN.

The wages for new RN grads that I've seen posted are less than I make now and I would hate to have spent so much money and time away from family to have my pay lowered as well!

Anyone have any insight?

Thank you :specs:

Specializes in Critical Care.

I don't have any real insight but I can tell you from talking to my friends who are RNs the starting salary scale is usually about $25-30 depending on experience with premium pay for working less desirable hours such as nights and weekends/holidays. Swedish Hospital posts the expected salary right on their website.


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Specializes in Mother-Baby, Rehab, Hospice, Memory Care.

It depends on your employer. For example, Swedish Hospital in Seattle will give you 1 year experience credit for every 2 years of LPN experience. Another hospital I worked at gave an LPN who became and RN full credit for her years of LPN experience. So most likely you will be starting out at a higher pay grade then a regular RN grad.


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I am RN who was an LPN and I got full credit for my years of experience has an LPN and RN. However,most of my nursing was in florida and some in georgia.

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