LPN pay - page 6

I am interested in what people out there are making per hour as an LPN and also what state you work in. What you started out at after graduation vs. now with some experience would be great too.... Read More

  1. by   MsLady06
    Quote from rednurse127
    I live in the Chicago area and have been an LPN for Yikes! 28 years. I am well paid at over $25/hr and only work 4 days a week - no weekends or holidays in a specialty office setting.
    You got it good
  2. by   jilpn
    Yep. Kinda fell right into the job. I love it, but, I have a 25 mile commute daily and my kids (ages 8, 12 and 14) don't see me as much as the did when I worked 3 12's. My home life gets away from me more than I like to admit. So I have applied for a job in my town with a couple nephrologists I know well. They are opening a new dialysis clinic in a month or two and they talk like they want to hire me. Can make the same hourly rate of pay working only 3 10's and some call at times. I will be 5 mins from home, and be home by 3p, can keep the laundry under control (LOL) and plan to continue my RN defree at home. Gotta wait and see how it all pans out.
    Nice to hear from someone in the windy city. My husband is from the burbs up there. I have been here all my life.
  3. by   rednurse127
    Yes, I do feel very fortunate and lucky. It certainly helps to live around a large metropolitan area where the scale is higher though. I am in a 20 doctor orthopaedic practice and the turnover is virtually non-existent. There are a few LPN's but mostly RN's. I think I am probably paid very close to what some of our RN's are paid since I have been at it for so long. The only downside of the job is the 80 miles daily I drive to and from the office. I can't even complain about that though, since I only do it 4 days a week. I consider myself lucky.

    I was thinking how different things are since I began on an ortho floor in a large hospital in 1978 when I graduated. I began at $5.65 per hour and I think that was with a shift differential.
  4. by   Belzbubba22
    Hi all!
    This is my first post. I am just at the beginning stages of LPN school. Right now I am actually in my pre-req course-CNA. I felt that I had to post something, b/c I am totally shocked at what you guys are telling me that LPN's are making. Doesn't seem worth the schooling! 8-10, even 15 per hr. I live in southern Michigan and am attending school in Ohio. From what I have heard it's no surprise that nurses don't make crap in Family practices, but in hospitals in Michigan usually hire in around 17 per hour. One girl in my class is from around detroit area and said that lpn's are making 60 per visit for HHC. I don't know too much about Ohio wages, but I was hoping to make good money to pay off my loan when I get out!! I hope I can!! I am making 10/hr now as an unoffical MA!
    Much luck to you all!
  5. by   reencole
    I got an interview at a SNF unit and there starting me at $21.00 as a knew grad
  6. by   Lylesmom
    I transitioned to LPN at the hospital where I have worked for almost 2yrs, and make $11.94, base pay is $10.84. I was hired for CNA and had to switch departments from med/surg to acute physical rehab, where I was a Unit Sec, when I started the nursing program. When I passed boards in January and transitioned into the LPN position, I received 6 days orientation, to say the least I was nervous, but with the help of the nurses that I work with, I have done fine. I am hoping for a raise in August when my yearly eval is due!
  7. by   ChristyMNOP
    I'm going to school to get my BSN but I just want to say that I think LPN's are completely underpaid in our area. In the hospital that I intern at, you cannot tell the LPN's from the RN's. They are a very valuable and pretty much equal part of the team in terms of practice. The only thing they can't do is admission assessment and IV push. I think they are getting better paid then some of the wages I see on this thread but I still feel like they get shorted. I made more as a travel agent than many of the wages listed here and I didn't have to be licensed or even go to school for that.
  8. by   chuck1234
    We made more in New York City.
  9. by   Loren2307
    I am a new grad that just started work in a long term care facility. I got a job offer at a clinic starting at $13 and $16.50 for long term care in Indiana. In Kentucky where I am oringinally from LPN's at hospitals start at $12.36 and at LTC they start at around $13-15. These are just the starting rates. I have only had my license for about 2 weeks!!
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I know this thread is 7 years old , but I'll respond, just for the heck of it.

    I received my license in January 2006. My first job was at a smallish nursing home in Bedford, Texas, with a pay rate of $17.75 hourly. I left this place after about 6 weeks.

    My next job started me at $18.50 and, after one year, I am earning $19.06 per hour. I am in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
  11. by   chuck1234
    I can't believe this thread was originally posted in December, 1999.
  12. by   katfishLPN
    Quote from icugirl33
    There is no way an LPN does the same thing as an RN. I have heard a lot of LPN's say that and I refer them to the Nursing Practice Act. Anything else done beyond what's in the practice act is your choice but illegal..
  13. by   ebowie
    I am a LPN living in virginia an the pay is on a experienced bases for most cases. I have 11years of exp. an I do not except anything under $20.00/HR I am coming from Ca Sandiego area an my rate was $22.00/HR with OVT AFTER 8HRS and must of the time I did 12hr shifts

    I worked in Virginia prior to military orders back to California an my rate was $23.00 with shift diff after 8hrs an I worked 12hrs shift

    Therefore it varies an you also must know how to sale youself well when interviewing because you will be over worked and underpaid (I only do hospital work but most of the time ER)