according to the united states department of labor, bureau of labor statistics, occupational outlook handbood, lpn's should be making as follows:
median annual wages of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses were $39,030 in may 2008. the middle 50 percent earned between $33,360 and $46,710. the lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,580. median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in may 2008 were:
employment services: $44,690
nursing care facilities: $40,580
home health cares services: $39,510
general medical and surgical hospitals: $38,080
offices of physicians: $35,020
remember, these numbers are 3 years old. so it should be more now.
your salary is what you make of it! for example: if you are working for a nursing home pulling three 12 hour shifts a week making $40,580 (according to the national scale) and you also pulled two 8 hour shifts working for a home health care service making $15,808/year. your total annual salary would be $56,388 plus you would still have two days off a week. this is according to our government's website. and we should be taking this information with us to interviews. bottom line, nurses are needed and wanted. stop accepting salaries below the national average.