I work as an lvn in austin, tx. LVN starting salaries vary by employer.
Here's a sample:
LTC/Nursing home- 17-23/ hr (may offer sign on bonus$1,000+)
dr. office/clinics- 13-17/hr (depends on exp.)
HOSPITALS- 13+/HR-(Depends on exp.- earn more PRN)
State/Gov Facilities- 2600/month plus state benefits
Hopefully once you graduate the starting salaries will have gone up. The need for nurses in this area will increase. Job opportunities for LVN's in hospital's may decrease, but there are enough lvn jobs available in other areas to handle future nursing school grads.Not all nursing grads will stay in austin/ some facilities continuously hire nurses(turn over)/many older nurses are retiring/ etc...
GOOD LUCK IN NURSING SCHOOL!!!