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Spanish speaking LVN in Texas pay

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Hello. I am starting an LVN program in September and was curious about bilingual Spanish speaking LVN pay. I live in Dallas Fort Worth area where usually people who are bilingual in Spanish get paid more. Do bilingual nurses ,particularly LVN get paid more in Texas?

I live in the DFW area, speak Spanish and I never got paid extra for being bilingual. I have gotten preference during the hiring process for my bilingual skills but nothing else. Good luck

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Yeah. I have never known anyone who has gotten paid extra for being bilingual.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

My facility (nowhere near TX) that has a certified language interpreter program. It involves being tested on the ability to appropriately translate medical terminology before being able to function in the role. These people can be pulled out of patient care (if that's where they work) at any time during their shift to go somewhere else to translate. The incentive for this is nothing.

I would also bet that in some areas of TX, being bilingual isn't going to do much to make you stand out above other applicants as it may be quite common.

Employers use language ability to show preference in hiring and retaining employees, whether or not there is a valid need on the job. Have yet to see an instance where extra pay is involved.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I've lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 10 years and never once heard of LVNs receiving additional pay for being bilingual. To be blunt, the D/FW area is glutted with more LVNs than the local employment market can currently absorb, so employers do not need to offer extra pay for bilingual skills.

MatrixRn

Specializes in Management, Med/Surg, Clinical Trainer. Has 20 years experience.

Interesting, it must be the part of the country you are in. Up here bilingual nets a few bucks an hour extra pay.

Thank you all for your input. I was just curious at what the job market is like. I am going for my LVN first because I am a single mom of three and there is a night and weekend program I found and my employer allowed Me to adjust my hours to work and attend school. After i complete this I will to bridge to RN. I am very excited!

PD82

Specializes in Neuro/EMU, Pediatrics, Med Surg. Has 3 years experience.

Being bilingual will certainly help in your job search- employers will really like that about you. However, you probably won't get anything extra $$.

I live in DFW as well, you can plan on 18+ at a clinic, and 20+ in LTC/AL. unfortunately it's tough finding LVN work anywhere else- I've tried- but like you, RN is the goal!!! Good Luck in your journey.

abbnurse

Has 29 years experience.

Interesting, it must be the part of the country you are in. Up here bilingual nets a few bucks an hour extra pay.

Same here. Where I work, English/Spanish speaking staff (RN's, LPN's, MA's, and call center staff) are in great demand and receive a higher hourly wage.

Best wishes in the future, carefulcare !