How much to lpn make in oklahoma

  1. HI all I am moving from san diego for a bsn program and I need to work. I make $22 a hour in but I am wanting to know how much lpn's make in OK. Does nursing homes pay better, I think that I will be living in Tulsa and I am hoping I will not have a hard time finding a job with 2 years experience. Thanks all
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  3. by   juliaann
    According to LPNs make an average of $13.18/hour in Oklahoma. That sounds about right for my hospital (smallish hospital in Tulsa)...of course, I'm not an LPN and have only discussed LPN pay with a few close LPN friends over the years I've worked there.

    As far as I can tell pay is higher at nursing homes, and of course with experience.

    I wouldn't worry too much about finding a job, Oklahoma seems to be one of the few places that always has nursing job openings, and your two years of experience are definitely a plus!

    Google some of these facilities in Tulsa to check their online job listings - I'm sure you'll see a lot of LPN openings, and some will list salary:

    St. Francis Hospital (& adjoining Laureate psych facility - I know they hire lots of LPNs!)
    St. John's Hospital
    Hillcrest Hospital
    Southcrest Hospital
    OSU Medical Center
    Methodist Manor nursing home
    Continuous Care of Tulsa
    Select Specialty
    Interim Healthcare (this one's an agency, if you're interested in that)
    Baptist Village (a large nursing home in Owasso, a 30 minute drive, I've seen lots of ads from them lately looking for nurses and I did my CNA clinicals's a nice facility)

    But keep in mind how much lower the cost of living is in Tulsa as compared to San Diego! I have a nice, large 1-bedroom apartment walking distance from OU-Tulsa and a 5 minute drive from the hospital I work at that we pay $555/month for (and that includes ALL utilities!).
  4. by   d2004cute
    wow thanks so much. Im not sure were the best place to live is for me. I like that ou area oh and does it now i have a sports car that i am scared to drive. I want to work in a hospital but if nursing homes pay more I am willing to work. Have you heard it hard for lpn's to get into nursing programs. Im applying at Langston and maybe Tu. but im hoping to get in some were cheep for a bsn program. thanks so much.
  5. by   picurn10
    I made $14/hr as a new lpn, and with shift diffs around 19/hr. Most of my classmates got jobs making around the same. hospitals pay slightly less.
  6. by   AUATulsa
    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.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from AUATulsa
    Remember, these numbers are 3 years old. So it should be more now.
    Actually, it is very possible for pay rates and wages to decrease. It's called deflation.

    Wage deflation has been happening over the past few years in many places across the U.S., especially in nursing. California new grad LVNs were earning in the $18 to $24 range in 2005, but today that number has deflated to $16 hourly. If too many unemployed nurses are looking for work in their local job markets, hiring managers can reduce wages and get away with it because they're cognizant that desperate people will accept the offers being made.
  8. by   Sierrarox
    I'm an LPN and I live in Oklahoma City and started off at $17.50 right out of school. I currently work in a pediatric clinic.