LPN Pay?

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by LostinTheSauce LostinTheSauce (New) New Retired

Dear LPNs, I'm just wondering how much you are making. Also if you're from the east coast please mention it as I am from the area.  I'm highly considering LPN school because it's shorter training than RN school. 

Ilargia99

Ilargia99, LVN

Has 4 years experience. 220 Posts

I’m in northern CA and am currently making $40.65/hr. I have 3.5 years of experience. The pay for LVNs here is anywhere from $26-$45/hr depending on experience and if it’s a contract position or not. The average pay seems to be in the low-mid $30s.

 Hopefully someone from the east coast will be able to give you some helpful info. 

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alison529

alison529

Specializes in LTC, STR, Home healthcare, hospice. Has 8 years experience. 3 Posts

Hello, I have been working as a LPN since 2015, and I currently make $38 per hour in a occupational health position. I live in the Lehigh Valley, in Pennsylvania. Hope that helps you. 

SomedaySoonNY

SomedaySoonNY, LPN

Specializes in Agency, LTC, School, Home Health. Has 10 years experience. 16 Posts

Upstate NY, local pay is 16-25 , agency pay is 25-35.  Kind of sad really. Travel pay I've been offered is 1800-2200 weekly with everything included in that pay. Also pathetic when considering cost of living. 

alison529

alison529

Specializes in LTC, STR, Home healthcare, hospice. Has 8 years experience. 3 Posts

Good morning, do you ever work contract nursing jobs, they pay very well. With your experience you deserve a higher pay rate. You are right about the cost of living, everything is so costly.

T-Bird78

T-Bird78

Has 6 years experience. 1,007 Posts

Metro Atlanta area, 14 years experience, outpatient setting, $22/hour. 

I’d go straight for RN. I’m wanting to get out of direct pt care but so many non-bedside opportunities are for RNs only, so your options are limited. Most hospitals won’t hire LPNs in my area. If you do go through LPN, plan on bridging and get your RN sooner than later. 

alison529

alison529

Specializes in LTC, STR, Home healthcare, hospice. Has 8 years experience. 3 Posts

You are exactly right, going straight for RN is best option.  There shortage for nurses is getting worse, nurse/patient ratios are worse than ever,  making it extremely difficult to give best patient care.

YappaYee

YappaYee, LVN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 4 years experience. 82 Posts

I'm in Northern California and work with a registry as a travel nurse (I also live in Northern California)  Pay $54

 

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bsveillon11111

bsveillon11111

Specializes in Med/Surg. 3 Posts

On 10/22/2021 at 7:01 AM, alison529 said:

You are exactly right, going straight for RN is best option.  There shortage for nurses is getting worse, nurse/patient ratios are worse than ever,  making it extremely difficult to give best patient care.

The messaging from my hospital is to get some type of degree! LOL LPN, RN, they are not picky. 

It all depends on your situation. I was an LPN first, just because I couldn't afford to wait 2-4 years to start working as a nurse. I was an LPN in 16 months and went straight back to RN school the following semester after I graduated. 

In my facility, LPNs start with an avg. of 22/hr. and RNs start with an avg. of 42/hr. in med/surg. By the time I got my RN license, I had most of the bugs works out of my routine and it was an easy transition. 

HOWEVER, it would have been much easier on me in many ways to start as an RN, and not have to worry about juggling school while starting my first nursing job. I do not regret it though, because the clinical experience was much better in LPN school than in RN school. It all depends on the situation.

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summertx

summertx

Has 7 years experience. 153 Posts

On 10/13/2021 at 7:28 AM, LostinTheSauce said:

Dear LPNs, I'm just wondering how much you are making. Also if you're from the east coast please mention it as I am from the area.  I'm highly considering LPN school because it's shorter training than RN school. 

South - 22/23/hr. Not much more with 10 yrs of experience. Agency, 39.00/hr.

NurseCP20

NurseCP20, LPN

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 5 years experience. 3 Posts

New grad LPN: 22.18/hr

4 years experience: 27.31/hr 

Arizona 

Dafabb

Dafabb, LPN

Specializes in Med/Surg/. Has 46 years experience. 121 Posts

OK I have many years and have made approx 27-30$ here in Texas these last 12 years (mostly agency local).  Since covid it has gone up quite a bit.  Also travel is paying an ungodly amount for LVN so you might try doing that if you do not have a family.  Often they take family with them. If I was not so old I would do that for maybe a year.  Go into corrections it is a great change.  Local or otherwise.  Home Health you have several options.