Why do LPNs only make $40K per year? - page 2

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.... Read More

  1. by   areensee
    I disagree with many others. Depending on the funding you have available and your need to work, getting an LPN and bridging to an RN program may be just what you need! For example, in Utah, it is possible to obtain an LPN certificate in one year, and pay only about $4500 for the entire program. Several colleges in Utah have excellent bridge programs which enable LPN graduates to get credit for their LPN year. In fact, some of our LPN graduates can actually earn their LPN, earn an ADN and a BSN in only 3 years, which is a year less than the traditional 4-year BSN program. Look for LPN programs at local vocational/technical colleges. Before you apply, find out what it costs, find out what their NCLEX-PN pass rate is (ours has historically been 100%), and decide which colleges will provide you with the best bridge program. If you do your homework, you may not only save money, but time too! Good luck!
  2. by   Dafabb
    I am an LVN of 40 yrs. now and I will disagree with many. I also am in Texas which basically is an OK state for pay but not the best if employed FT. In this it also is where you work. I have worked agency for many years with only 3 FT jobs in there in the last 5 yrs and made $25 or better in all of them. I am at $30/hr right now as also with my last agency. And it doesn't matter how long you have been a nurse it is a flat rate. There are quite a few agencies that pay well. You just have to know or ask others. You though will have to do 2 yrs hospital to qualify for agency and it might change by time you do all you need to do. As for the school itself I'll leave that to others as you can see why.....If you do this find an area you enjoy and master it.(as much as we can master anything in Nursing)Work it for several years and if you want to stay FT somewhere expect your pay to be slow as yrs go by. Agency local will pay better but are some drawbacks. Travel can be a plus or minus depending on who is looking at your resume for FT. Live in CA you still will be living from paycheck to paycheck. Live in Texas you will be able to save money if you are not a spender. Live in FL and you will go broke...Once you get 15-20 yrs behind you many places are an option but stay away from CA...LOL
  3. by   carrienoka
    Agreed. I made $86,000 last year as an LPN and over $90K the year before. My base before differential is 56K, plus differential ranging from 10%-35% and the occasional OT or per diem shift elsewhere (all things my RN friends are doing as well). It depends on where you live and what you are doing. My sister is an LPN as well and makes over $100K a year. Come to Massachusetts....they literally will beg you to work everywhere...seriously I get calls all day!
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    That is incorrect unless you work in a facility was very few beds. I've been a DON for 15 years and NEVER was the person signing the MDSs- unless I did them. One building had 40 beds and it still wasn't me.
  5. by   lpnsrock01
    Quote from Julie Carr
    As a LPN you are working under a Rn. These postions are to be signed off by a RN only. Are you aware of that
    Yes Julie, I am aware that an RN has to sign off on the MDS. I did work the job for over 5 years from MDS 2.0 to MDS 3.0.
  6. by   Erocknurse
    What state are you in? This is not true in Texas. LVNs hold their own license here. Now what you may be referring to is that Medicare requires an RN assessment on patients in the hospital setting when an LVn is taking care of a patient. No one "works under" my license.
  7. by   chynesetiger
    I've been a LVN in CA (LPN everywhere except CA and Texas) for 9 years now and it truly depends on location and where you work in regards to earning -- LVNs in southern CA can make up to the max of $25-26/hr but starting can be as low as $16-18 ...northern CA they make slightly more but the maximum is still about the same

    LVN can give great experience to bridge to RN but new grad jobs as LVN are very hard to find

    When I went to school for nursing I had no clue what I was in for -- it's a very hard rewarding field -- plus I'm the type of student that learns better hands on than through a book so I chose to be a CNA first to see if I can handle the everyday tasks of cleaning up patients then I chose to go to LVN where you learned to think outside the box-you utilize your critical thinking skills --

    i would recommend you research nursing further -- if you want to be a LPN first it's not worth the one year of not working you are better of doing two years because of the job market you have better odds now finding work as new grad RN than LPN/LVN

    depending on where you get hired you can start low in RN pay that's due to lack of experience we all have to start at the bottom

    some places may give you more than starting average I think it's $28-30 now but you can't be greedy and you can't just be in nursing for the $$ -- you work hard for your money and work hard for your license and everything you do you have to be careful you don't jeopardize your license

    good luck
  8. by   caliotter3
    In order to earn $40k a year, the nurse has to work throughout the year. RN or LPN/LVN, if you aren't working, you are unlikely to earn much. Even working full time, there are many LPN/LVN's who don't see $40k in a good year. LPN/LVNs who don't earn as much as $40k/yr are not valued. They are valued even less when their employers tell them that they will not be getting salary raises when the local minimum wage rises to $15/hr.
  9. by   nursedenny
    I'm an LPN for 8 years have worked SNF, Home Health, and now presently in Case Managment and I make 78K annually. It's all about location if you ask me. Some states pay higher than others.
  10. by   tnbutterfly
    Check out the results of the 2017 allnurses salary survey that show the average pay per state for LPNs. With the interactive graphs, you can customize the results by years of experience, gender, education level, specialty, etc.

    2017 allnurses Salary Survey Results Part 1: Demographics and Compensation
  11. by   DocsWifey
    I think I need to move! I'm an RN and make 41K a year...
  12. by   didi768
    Lpn in Tampa FL and here we get paid well in nursing homes. But please don't waste even one yr getting an LPN license. Not worth it. Go for 4 yr RN because hospitals now, atleast here, only hire 4 yr Grads now.
  13. by   didi768
    Oh, and if u want to make the REALLY good money, be a traveling nurse!